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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 18, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                8F NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME AN8 ARCHIVED I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION 111111W VOL un Frew United Fna Full Instil Wlna Five Cent a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY AUGUST 18 1917 Tbia Paper Consists of Two No 265 One Afons Opinion A Radio Commentary fey W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGLO City I WTAD QalnCT Xiutar 8 p m W01 Amu B WSUX City Tbvndfty vt The Versatilify of an IowaBorn Author A few weeks ago I receiveda book bearing on one of its fly sheets this little note Dear Ear case Mason City still has any interest in the Spences heres my latest Best wishes Hartzell Its about that book titled Tain Shadow that I should like to visit with yon in this commen tary And at the outset Ill tell yon I regard it as one of the most significant and compelling books of the that merits tremendous readership The story related in it is ab it has the added vir tue at least from my point ol view of being based on his torical fact In the form of a ro mantic biography its the tale oJ the discovery and conquest of the Amazon river by Francisco Orel lana IT could be of course that Im just a bit prejudiced in favor of its young author Hartzell Spence Ive known liked his student days at the University of Iowa when his father William Spence was pastor of the First Methodist church in Mason City During those student days he served as a string correspond ent for my newspaper on the Iowa campus I watched with pride his rise to a position of large respons ibility with the United Press in New York Once I thought I might have had something to do with his landing the job with the UP but in one of his subsequent books he made it clear that his connec tion with that news agency came about more in spite of than be cause of the fulsome testimonials to his ability penned for him by me and other friends ATOBODY could have read with IN greater interest the first of his works One Foot in Heaven It jwasj rthe story told of his amazing father Mason City was the setting for a part of the story Many of its characters were known to me Even though some of them for obvious reasons were given other names I could recognize in the book and subsequently in the smashhit movie So it was also although to a somewhat lesser extent with the sequel to One Foot in Heaven It was titled Get Thee Behind Me and dealt largely with the Spence familys days in Burling ton Iowa SOMEWHERE along the line this former Iowa boy found time to write a novel called Radio City based on his ex periences and observations as a radio news specialist for the United Press in New York It didnt prove as popular as either of the books having to do with his own home and family Perhaps as he explains U the volume wasnt well timed People were thinking about the war not radio he puts it and preparation vof the historical and geo graphical material which went into this latest Spence book Vain Shadow was started a year or two ahead of Americas entry into the war The actual writing had to wait some 6 years while Hart zell did his extended tour of Now with his wife and 2 chil dren Mr to his a resident of the Piedmont valley In Virginia His home Gaston Hall Is a great pillared mansion which had fallen into a rather sad state of disre pair when theSpences took over It was in this setting that the former lowan conducted his final research assembled his volumin ous notes and did the actual writ ing of his 432 page volume titled Vain Shadow THE underlying thesis of the book is that Don Francisco Orellana discoverer of the Ama zon and central character of his story has had a raw deal from historians up to this time Orellana he says in his In troduction to the book has failed to reach the historical stature to which his life entitles him As careful a scholar as William H Prescott established the myth that Orellana was a scoundrel and for the past 100 years Pres cotts estimate has been the stand ard reference After more than 3 years of research I am convinced that my present version of Orellanas con duct is the true one and that he was unusually enlightened not only for his own dark age but for any period in history THE story opens with Orellana founder and mayor of the Ecuadorian seaport city of Guay aquil on his way to join up with a halfbrother of that greatest of all conquistadors Francisco Pi zarro for an exploration and con quest of interior South America After a trip of unspeakable CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 NO PE FOR MISSING ENVOY AP Wlrepholo THE OLD MILL amateur photographer left his pants rolled up wades to center of 85th street in New York Sunday afternoon to snap picture of water gushing from break in 48inch water main Apartment buildings for 15 blocks were without wa ter or had lowered pressures because of the break Traffic Death Toll in Iowa Soars After Weekend Crashes 7 Persons Are in Highway Mishaps and 3 Die in Rivers Deaths from traffic accidents in Iowa mounted to 307 over the weekend but the total for this year remained 6 behind the 313 total up to August 18 last year Weekend deaths Included those of Rollie Link 20 of Ontario Iowa and Forrest Turner 19 of Nevada Iowa who died in an Ames hospital Sunday of injuries suffered on highway 69 north of there Saturday night when their cars were in a headon collision Phyllis Roquette 3 was killed Sunday afternoon in a pedestrian truck accident which occurred as she was crossing the road near the ibme of her parents Mr and Mrs C L Roquette one and a half miles east of Waterloo on highway 20 The truck was driven by Charles Haun Waterloo Everett Henry 51 was lulled Saturday on the highway in front of his farm home 10 miles south of Indianola He was in collision with a car driven by Mrs R C Christie of Kansas City Mo as he alighted from a tractor Floyd E Blades 14 of Milford died Saturday at Spencer of in uries suffered Friday night when lis motor bike and a car collided near the intersection of highways 18 and 71 a mile north of Spencer iichard J Prjce 27 of Council Muffs was the driver of the car Mrs Anna Waddell 23 wife of Platt Waddell Clarksville was killed in an automobile upset 3 miles north of Clarksville Satur day night Ralph F Kenyon 53 Newton factory died Sunday night from injuries suffered the night before when he was struck jy a car driven by Leonard Car er 20 of Reasnor Carter told authorities he swerved his car in anattempt to avoid hitting Kenyon who was walking across the highway a short distance from his home but t was too late Carter was not held by officials Three persons were drowned during the weekend in Iowa rivers Mrs Mary Elizabeth Davis 21 he bride of a GI student at the University of Iowa Iowa City was drowned Sunday when she ell from a motor boat in the Des tloines river 3 miles west of Ot umwa The boat inwhich she and her husband Max were riding turned harply causing Mrs Davis to fall out Her husband jumped in and rescued her body immediately but efforts to revive her failed The couple was married July Two men were drowned while ishing in Iowa rivers The body of a man recovered from the Mis issippi river Saturday was iden ified as John Carroll 45 Du mque maintenance employe in everal institutions Coroner Nor bert Behr said death was due to drowning The 3rd drowning occurred at Uarshalltown Henry Richardson 8 Negro Marshalltown was Irowned in the Iowa river when he apparently struck his head on i log after falling off Authorities aid no inquest was planned WOMAN KILLED IN AUTO UPSET Vfehicle Ditched on Clarksville Highway verdict of acci dental death was reported Mon day by Dr Frank F McKean of Allison Butler county coroner following the death of Mrs Anna Waddell 23 wife of Platt Wad dell 33 in an automobile upset 3 miles north of Clarksville about p m Saturday The car rolled over 3 times Mr and Mrs Waddell were on their way to Charles City when the accident occurred Mrs Wad dell suffered injuries but was alive when passing motorists ar rived She died before the arrival of a physician from Clarksville Waddell was found Saturday night in Allison in a dazed condi tion with a bruise on his fore head He explained that his wife was driving when the accelerator became stuck He reached down to loosen it when the car left the road and rolled over Waddell is employed by the Iowa Public Service company and has been working out of Clarks ville The body of Mrs Waddell will be taken to Willow Lake S Dak for burial Report Senator Bilbo in Serious Condition New Orleans elect Theodore G Bilbo fought against death Monday with the same stubbornness that was the trademark of his 4 decades in Mississippi and national politics Bilbo developed a blood clot in one of the larger vessels Sunday and for the first time since his prolonged illness from cancer doctors at Foundation hospital admitted that he is in a serious condition If the clot medically identi fied as pulmonary embolism should enlarge enough to stop the flow of blood it would cause cre tain death Hiring Rate Rises Washington hiring rate in manufacturing industries rose in June but still was below that in any June since 1940 the labor department reported Mon day Hiring went up from 48 for every WOO employes in May to 53 for every 1000 in June At the same time layoffs in manufactur ing decreased from 14 per 1000 in May to 11 per 1000 in June SAME Black meant tnffli tutu in put 14 henrt Iowa Sizzles as New Heat Wave Arrives By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Midwesterners and their parched corn broiled from the heat Mon day after the 3rd consecutive tor rid weekend and there was little relief in sight before Wednesday at the earliest The mercury soared to 102 de grees at Onawa Iowa reading since 100 was re corded at Estherville on Aug and hot winds continued to sweep the state Monday The weather bureau said the end was a trace at Mason City The low early Monday was 71 at Lamoni and Iowa City Sioux Falls S Dak reported a thunderstorm Monday morning 96 in Mason City The temperature climbed to 96 for the 2nd successive day at Mason City early Monday afternoon as North Iowa got set for another heat wave A brisk wind seemed to give little relief since it was hot too and a temperature reading of 82 degrees Throughout Iowa readings had reached the 90 mark or above at most points by late morning The U S weather bureau fore cast continued high temperatures for the entire country Monday with the exception of the west coast and parts of the Rockies and the eastern seaboard Slightly cooler weather was expected in northern Minnesota the Dakotas and Montana but it was still warm A new cool air mass was ex pected by Wednesday in the mid west Hottest point in the country Sunday was Yurna Ariz with 103 degrees and LaCrosse Wis Min neapolis Lincoln Grand Island and Norfolk Nebr Sioux Falls S Dak and Sioux City right behind with 100s Iowa Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudycon tinued hot and humid through Tuesday Low Monday night 74 High Tuesday 98 Iowa Partly cloudy Monday night and Tuesday with a few widely scattered thundershow ers in west and north central poritons Monday night and Tuesday morning Continued hot and humid Low Monday night 7276 High Tuesday 95 100 Minnesota Partly cloudy Monday night and Tuesday with a few scattered thundershowers in southeast and extreme south portions Monday night Not much change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum 96 Minimum 75 At 8 a m Monday 82 Precipitation Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 84 Minimum 54 GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum 83 Minimum 71 At 8 a m Sunday 81 YEAR AGO Maximum 92 Minimum 64 BEGIN PROBE OF HIGH PRICES IN STEELINDUSTRY U S Trade Commission Charges Conspiracy to Stifle Competition Washington govern ment opened its slugging match against high prices Monday and picked a heavyweight antagonist steelindustry In a cease and desist action the federal trade commission charged the nations steelmakers with a conspiracy to fix prices and stifle competition The complaint filed Sunday night contended that illegal col lusion on pricing is fostered by the American Iron and Steel In stitute of New York and all of its more than 100 members in cluding the giant United States Steel corporation There was no immediate indus try comment The FTC declared that by de stroying price competition steel producers are able to dominate and manipulate the markets in which their unorganized custom ers and consumers must buy The action immediately raised the question Will the justice de partmejit in its newly announced investigation of food clothing and housing prices seek antitrust action against steel because of its importance in construction costs FTC officials said privately they believe not because we and the justice department try to avoid duplication The FTC complaint came only a month after industrywide price increases ranging around to a ton In ordering them into ef fect the industry ignored Presi dent Trumans request that it wait and see whether the coal wage settlement made price boosts necessary All the defendants were in structed to appear for hearing September 19 and were allowed 20 days to file answers After hearings the commission may or der the pricing practices halted within 60 days Such an to an injunction and subject to ap enforceable in the courts The maximum penalty for viola tion is a fine FTCs complaint strikes hard est at the basing point system of pricing The government said it makes the delivered price of steel to a consumer identical re gardless of the length of freight haul and enables the industry to operate as though all mills were under one ownership and con trol This is the 2nd FTC assault on the industrys pricing methods In 1924 the commission took ac tion against the Pittsburghplus system under which all steel was priced as it delivered from Pitts burgh Though this ceaseand desist order is still in the courts the industry set up several addi tional cities to serve as basing points on which prices are quoted In any given encompassing several states the commission price quoted for a given steel product is the same from a mill next door as it would be from a mill as much as 200 miles away This results the FTC went on from the fiction that each ship ment Is made from one of a limit ed number of common basing points cooperatively used and recognized Another fiction it was charged is the basing of delivery charges on allrail shipment when frequently water or truck carriers are used Variations from standard prod ucts are sold under an elaborate price table of extras the com mission said adding that such charges from time to time have been boosted without relation to the extra cost involved On a number of products the extras amount to several hundred per cent of the base price it was stated Industryaccepted rules prevent any steel mill from evading or deviating from the accepted prices the FTC went on The complaint saidvthe member ship of the Iron and Steel institute includes all the important steel producers in the country and all are made answerable in the case However 26 corporations were also named specifically They in clude U S Steel and 8 of its sub sidiaries Bethlehem Steel corpor ation New York and 3 subsidiar ies Republic Steel Cleveland and 2 corporation subsidiaries Youngstown Sheet and Tube com pany Youngstown Ohio and one iubsidiary National Steel corpor ation Pittsburgh and 2 subsidiar ies Inland Steel company Chi cago and one subsidiary Jones and Laughlin corporation Pitts burgh American Rolling Mill company Middletown Ohio and Wheeling Wheeling Steel Va corporation AP Wirepholo COL HARVEY HUGLIN from Iowa GEORGE C ATCHESON U S Ambassador 2 in Iowa Family Dead and 2 Wounded in Night Ambush Irate ExEmploye Kills Self After Shooting at Glidden Glidden midnight am bush by an irate former employe who later killed himself lelt 2 membersot an Iowa farm family dead and 2 others seriously wounded Sheriff Tom Finegan reported Monday I The tragedy occurred on the Clayton Wessel farm near here where 4 persons went down under a fusilade of shots from a 22 au tomatic rifle fired by Jack Heuton 27 Coon Rapids between 11 p m and midnight Sunday night the sheriff said Elgie Wesselabout 50 brother of Clayton andLois Mae Wessel 16 daughter of Clayton were killed Clayton Wessel 40 and his son Donald 13 were wounded seri ously Clayton Wessel was not expected to live The sheriff said Heuton shot himself after the attack and that his body was found early this morning Sheriff Finegan said the attack apparently stemmed from Bad blood between Heuton and the since Heutons employ ment as a hand on the Wessel farm was terminated last June He said he had not learned the basic nature of the quarrel be tween Heuton and the Weasels A barn on the Wessel place burned down the night Heuton left his job there Sheriff Finegan said While we have no evidence connecting Heuton with that mis fortune it apparently was a factor in the feeling of the Wessels to ward him Heuton had worked on the Wes sel farm 6 miles south of here before and after service in the navy but sinceJune had been em ployed by Niels Jensen who farms near Carrolltown The sheriff said Heutons body was found near a barn about a m Monday morning Sheriff Finegan said Heuton had shot Inside For GENERAL LEE Army Inspector Leaves to Probe Lees Command See Page 2 Corn Canning Season at Ackley to Begin Aug 25 See Page 6 Davenport Wins Legion Title With Rally 42 See Page 13 Fair Headlines Auto Races Water Ballet See Page 15 himself through the mouth with a 22 calibre automatic rifle which held about 15 shots The shootings occurred about p rn Sunday night the sheriff said Sheriff Finegan said that Heu ton who had left Wessels employ ment lastJune had broken into the farm home a couple of tunes and that he had been warned not to molest theWessels During the breakins the sher iff said Heuton had stolen some articles belonging to Lois Mae Wessel The sheriff gave this account of the shooting Sunday night all of the Wessels except Elgie went to aroller skat ing rink at Scranton Iowa While they were parked there Heuton came alongside the car and asked if they couldnt straight en out difficulties which had oc curred between them since Heuton left his employment at the Wes sels Clayton Wessel said he wasnt interested in renewing any friend ship with Heutonand preferred to let relations stand as they were The sheriff quoted Heuton as replying If thats the way you feel about it Ill do what Ive been planning on doing The Wessels returned home about 11 p m and Sheriff Fine gan reconstructed the slaying as follows Mrs Wessel got out of the car went in and turned on the yard light and then went in and turned on the house lights The others then got out of the car and as they started toward the house Heuton began firing from behind the summer kitchen where he had been hiding Elgie apparently already was dead Be had been sleeping on a cot in the farm yard and either was killed in his sleep or at about the time Heufon began firing at the other Wessels Bis body was found near the Wessel car After wounding Clayton Wessel in the yard Heuton then went into the house where Lois Mae was shot down as she stqpd at the tel ephone presumably trying to call for help Donald Wessel was found lying wounded in the dining room and Clayton Wessel who Kad stag gered toward the house was found lying on the kitchen steps Mrs Clayton Wessel who had taken 2 children upstairs escaped injury The children were Ken neth Wessel 10 and Irene Jordan a relative Heutons car was found on a vacant farm south and across tne road from the Wessel place The sheriff said Heuton had called earlier atthe1 home1 of his sister Mrs John Jewell who lives near Scranton He had picked up a rifle belong ing to Jewell and walked out with out saying anything Dr J Lawrence Cochran Car roll county coroner said an in quest would be held Russian Roulette Gets Another Victim Cedar Rapids B Nesler 21 won his first game of Russian roulette against him self Sundayr He lost his life on the 2nd try Mrs Nesler 20 and Lewis V Williams 24 Zionville N Car told Coroner Robert E Brosh that Nesler took a 38 caliber revolver loaded with one bullet and spun the chamber When it came to a stop he placed the muzzle to his head and pulled the trigger The first time the hammer fell i an empty chamber The 2nd time the gun went off ATCHESON LOST IN B17 CRASH IOWAN IS SAVED High Officers Among 10 Feared Dead After Ditching in Pacific Honolulu of Am bassador George C Atcheson Jr along with 9 other persons in a plane crash at sea just west of Honolulu Saturday midnight was regarded as a virtual certainty Monday by military authorities but air and surface search con tinued Atcheson chief U S political adviser in the Japanese occupa tion and chairman of the 4power council for Japan was one of still missing Five bodies were recovered Sunday a 6th was seen to sink and 3 injured army men were rescued The Hawaiian Sea Frontier di recting the search reported there still was no trace of the missing men in the rough sea and their chances of surviving 36 hours were so slender that almost no hope remained Surface vessels hunted all night however and planes resumed at dawn Diplomatic sources in Wash ington said that despite Atche sons vast knowledge of Japanese problems his apparent death prob ably would not delay arrange ments for drawing up the peace treaty with Japan Preparations for writing a preliminary draft already are well advanced they said Three men the 13 aboard were rescued Sunday from the choppy sea dotted with bright souvenir kimonos from Japan and 5 bodies were recovered Those rescued were Capt T L Rider of Ponca City Okla who suffered a broken arm Col Har vey Huglln of Fairfield Iowa and a Sergeant Holland of Colmesnell Tex probably tee Chapman Holland suffered head injuries Huglin who related in a radio interview that he kicked sharks away during his long night in the lowan Survives Fairfield Col Harvey Huglin one of the survivors of the air crash in the Pacific ocean west of Honolulu Sunday is the son of J AHuglin of Fairfield The elder Huglin said Harvey was the middle one of 3 sons who had graduated from West Point Harvey he said grad uated in 1933 and had been in the army ever since During the war Col Huglin was in charge of the aerial gunnery school at Kinsman Ariz and got into combat in the Pacific only about 6 days before Japan surrendered his father said The colonel had been on General Douglas MacArthurs staff in Tokyo for about a year With him in Tokyo are his wife Mar jorie and his daughter Gail 11 water reported Atcheson said nothing as the big plane plunged toward the sea and He only smiled very quietly The 5 bodies hauled up from the sea included those of Naval Capt Randolph B Boyer of Au dubon Minn or Portsmouth Va and Col David Larr Watertown N Y Identities of the others were not announced The army newspaper Stars and Stripes in Tokyo said allied head quarters sources had confirmed that the other victims Included Col Carl A Russell of Richmond Heights Mo and Capt K R Still who the paper identified as the pilot An unofficial source said Army Capt Cecil no address a member of the crew The pilot bypassed little John ston island a fueling stop 800 miles west of here to make the run from Kwajalein direct to Ha waii One Tokyo source explain ing why the pilot may have by passed Johnston said the little island is extremely difficult to find in poor weather I have 25 minutes to the is land and have 20 minutes fuel the pilot of the converted Flying Fortress radioed a few minutes before the crashlanding The radio log of the navys Hawaiian sea frontier command showed the tower advised him your position is 100 miles from Oahu 260 de grees true approximately west from Barbers Point Oatra Impossible to make Oahu the pilot responded And at brief in tervals came these later messages from the plane Number 3 engine out at 2200 feet altitude Number 2 and 3 engines dead at 1400 feet Losing altitude Id better go ahead and sit down crash land while I have power from 2 engines Its time for me to hit the water now   

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