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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 4, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL un Associated and United Press Full Leased Wires Five a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 4 1947 This Paper Consists of Two One No 280 MASON GITYAN ADMITS FORGERIES 0 S TO SHARE TRACER ATOMS WITH NATIONS Scientists Hail Move as Promising Quicker Conquests Over Cancer By ALTON L BLAKESLEE AP Science Reporter St Louis United States Thursday started a new program of sharing some tracer atoms from atomic ovens foreign move hailed by scientists as promising quicker conquests over cancer and other diseases There were also immediate sug gestions that the action might serve as a trailblazer to smooth achievement of international con trol over the atom bomb and atomic energy President Truman annnounced the decision in a message Wednes day night to scientists of 44 na tions at the 4th international can cer research congress He asserted it would help reduce loss of life and human suffering from dis eases throughout the world None of the 20 radioactive ele ments offered for sale to foreign countries can be applied to de veloping atomic energy for mili tary or industrial uses the atomic energy commission said Sales will not include either plutonium or uranium or give the slightest clues to any atom bomb secrets Supplies at the outset will be limited Foreign users will be required to report for the benefit of every one their findings on the tracer researches to make progress re ports semiannually to the AEC and to open their laboratories to qualified visiting scientists of any nationality Foreign governments must see to it that the tracers arc used only for the requested pur poses At Oak Ridge Term the AEC said it would begin as soon as possible to fulfill several foreign requests for the radioisotopes It announced that Russia was among 24 other countries which had inquired about the tracer atoms but that these nations had not filed specific requests so far The AEC said production of the tracers at he Clinton laboratories in Oak Ridge had reached a point to make possible a modest pro gram of foreign distribution The ones offered for sale were termed the most important for medical and biological research Foreign scientists have been eagerly awaiting supplies of the tracers which are invaluable be cause they can be detected by their radiations wberever they go They are being used in attempts to solve many knotty problems of what happens in diseases how drugs perform how living tissues use different chemicals Two British scientists said they have had to postpone work on several promising research clues in caiiserand otherdiseases for lack of tracer atoms Radioactive phosphorous the best treatment for prolonging life in a certain blood disease also had not been available they said Dr Austin M Brues director of the biology division of the Ar gonne national laboratory for atomic research at Chicago said the use of isotopes in cancer re search will brea1 the stalemate in many a difficult problem This announcement gives us assurance that the solution of cancer re search and treatment is brought much closer The AEC will charge foreign users about the same price as American scientists for the tra cers Foreign governments must act through designated represent atives who must register with the state department Man 85 Collapses From Malnutrition With Waterloo 85yearold man who collapsed as a result of what Dr Sidney B Smith de scribed as malnutrition although he had in cash and a old age pension check in his pocket was recovering Wednesday The man identified as Austin L Denison Oneida Iowa col lapsed in a grocery store SAME White no raffio death la past 24 hours Lock Photo BURNED UNDEK B Smith 31 Klemme received a skull fracture and 2nd degree burns on one arm and back when the tractor he was driving upset in front of 1220 Kentucky S E about p m Wednesday Smith was pinned under the tractor which caught fire Police and firemen were called and were unable to remove Smith from the tractor until a wrecker arrived Milton Nagel shown extreme left and Mrs Gerald Eafferty 1226 S Kentucky and Esther Wolff 1221 S Kentucky carried water and put sand on the tractor until help arrived and their efforts helped to prevent more serious injuries to Smith who formerly lived in Mason City He has been working on a farm for Mitchell Bock near Klemme His condition was reported as fair at the Mercy hospital Thursday Creston Housewife Robbed and Put in Unlighted Furnace Woman Relates 2 Men Tortured Her and Then Bound and Gagged Her FARM INCOME IS HEARING RECORD Trends Indicate New High in Annual Earnings Washington agricul ture department reported Wed nesday night that the American farmer is taking in more money than ever before Some officials who worked on the report told a reporter that trends so far in 1947 indicate the year may bring the highest an nual earnings in history as well despite mounting production costs The department in a survey preparedly its bureauof agrlul tural economics estimated total farm cash receipts during the first 8 months of 1947 at 317400000 21 per cent gain over the same period of 1946 a record year Between Jan 1 and the end of August the report showed agri culture as an industry had a greater gross income than in any corresponding period in history But the higher income is not all clea gain for the farmer the re porter added His operating costs are continuing to increase In 1946 the expenses of operating farm went lip 9 per cent No esti mate was made for 1947 expenses The average farm operator re alized a net income of from agriculture and government pay ments in 1946 after the payment of taxes and other expenses the report said This was 19 per cent more than in 1945 The farm payments program expired June 30 this year Farmerincome skyrocketed this year because of continuing unpre cedented demands for his prod ucts the reportshowed The Americanconsumer for in stance is eating more meat per capita than he has since 1911 He top has more money Most of the farmers income gain the report observed could be attributed to an increase of 24 per cent in prices One authority on livestock de scribed the situation this way Consumers with more money than ever before are demanding more meat This has kept meat prices up Consequently livestock prod include meat meat products dairy and counted for in farm income during the first 8 months of increase of 30 per cent over the 1946 period The report said that wheat went into the market in unprecedented volume and at unusually high prices One authority said that the ex po rt demand was the primary Eactor in keeping wheat prices at top levels this year He said European grain fields were wrecked by the war and Eu rope suffered from unfavorable growing conditions Composer Dies Chicago Robert Collyer Barker 72 an organist teacner and composer of music died Thursday after a 6 weeks illness Recognized in music circles throughout the country Barker had taught for almost 50 years I Creston Creston house wife was robbed of Wednes day night by 2 men who tortured her and then placed her bound and gagged inside an unlighted furnace where she was left uncon scious The woman Mrs Fred Welcher 57 was in a hospital Thursday re covering from shock and minor injuries Wide search for the assailants was underway but Police Chief William M Hiatt said Mrs Welch ers condition was such that she was unable to provide a good description Chief Hiatt said the assault oc curred as follows The 2 men came to the Welcher residence in Crestons residential section sometime between oclock and midnight Mrs Welcher was alone as her husband a railroader was out on his run and her son Kenneth was away for the The men demanded money and when Mrs Welcher told them there was none in the house they struck her repeatedly I told them I didnt have any money Hiatt quoted her as say ing Then one of them kicked me hard in the back and thats the last I remember The police chief said the men then ransacked the dining room and found a purse of Mrs Welch ers containing about in cash Kenneth Welcher returned home shortly after midnight to find the dining room in disarray and his mother missing He called police and Patrolmen Ray Elliott and Ed Turned began a search of the house About 1 a m the policemen opened the door of the basement furnace after low moans were heard from there Mrs Welcher was inside bound arid gagged and unconscious Chief Hiatt said the woman had been trussed with No 9 wire and rope She had been shoved feet first into the furnace and was coiled inside in a sitting position with her back to the furnace door The chief said the men had made no attempt to kindle a fire in the furnace Mrs Welchers first descrip tion of the men he said was that they were Negroes Thursday morning however she told him she wasnt positive as she had been too frightened to remember much Thirteen suspects were held for questioning Thursday morning he said but were released after be ing questioned and fingerprinted The chief said a number of fin gerprints were obtained and were being forwarded to the state bur eau of investigation for analysis 22 Japs Accused of Killing Allied POWs Yokohama UR Twentytwo Japanese formerly connected with prisoner of war camps pleaded innocent Thursday at the opening of the biggest secondary war crimes trial to date before a U S military tribunal They were ac used of killing and beating al lied prisoners CLAIMS FILED AGAINST RAILS Government Claims Overcharging m War Washington in a new multimillion dollar action the government Thursday filed with the Interstate Commerce Commis sion a claim against the nations railroads for alleged overcharges on wartime shipments of explo sives and ammunition The governments complaint filed by the justice department does not give any specific figure which the government seeks to re cover from 717 railroad compa nies but officials estimated that between and 000 in involved The petition to ICC for investi gation and a reparations order for repayment of overcharges is the 8th in a series of complaints which the justice department has made concerning the wartime freight charges by railroads Altogether hundreds of millions of dollars are involved The previous complaints alleged overcharges on interior storage of equipment awaiting ship ment overseas on the hauling of steel and aluminum airplane land ing mats and other items The complaint concerning charges for explosives and am munition movements contends that the magnitude of the ship ments of explosives and the suc cessful safety measures placed in effect by the armed services and other favorable transportation characteristics entitled the gov ernment to rates much lower than those imposed by the railroads Attorney General Clark as serted in a statement that re peated efforts were made by the armed services during the war to obtain a more favorable rate and that the railroads refused to make a lower rate Our investigation Indicates that high explosives and ammunition traffic was most profitable to the railroads Clark said In view of theimportance of these ship ments all unreasonably high rates and profits should be recov ered for the people Irish Strike Dublin thousand bus and street car operators struck Thursday for higher wages All Dubliners had to walk to work FOOD BUDGETS THREATENED BY MARKET HIKES New Price Increases in Grain and Livestock Soaring to New Highs By ALFRED LEECH U P Staff Correspondent Chicago new round of price increases at the nations big grain and livestock markets threatened another jolt Thursday to the housewifes budget The price of butter eggs corn wheat oats and meatonthehtof had risen to record high levels Grain traders said that much of the price rise wascaused by the August drought which inflicted heavy damage to corn the na tions basic crop The other prices the traders said were tied to corn in an economic chain reaction Butter at a pound across the retail counter was foreshadowed Thursday as the wholesale price continued to climb Top grade AA butter on the New York mercantile exchange rose 2 cents to 82 cents a pound Dealers predicted the retail price this week would rise to 90 cents to match the rise in the spot market Egg prices paralleling the rise in butter have advanced 5 cents this week boosting the wholesale price to 70 cents a dozen Some merchants said this means a retail price soon of 90 cents or higher Wheat continued to rise in price on the Chicago board of trade Thursday with September futures topping Wednesdays alltime high with a price of cents a bushel September corn sold at an all time high of a bushel Wednesday on the Chicago board of trade September wheat sold for and September oats for S116J poth prices were record On the Chi cagomercantile exchange shell egg and butter futures rose to new highs October eggs sold for 5440 cents a dozen and November but ter for 7325 cents a pound At Chicagos sprawling Union stockyards top grade steers Wednesday equalled the 1947 high of per hundred pounds Market analysts said the record prices soon would be reflected in retail grocery stores and butcher shops A major factor in the price up swing they said was the govern ments commitments to export food to needy countries Here is the way the price chain became entangled all the way from farm to dinner table Floods and drought cut the corn crop to about 800000000 bushels below last years output Farmers need corn to feed to meat animals dairy cattle and poultry Many farmers planned to use wheat for feed where corn is un available This sent the price of wheat already high because of government export purchases still higher The price of livestock and dairy products rose because of the high er cost of feeding the animals Walter C Berger president of the American Feed Manufactur ers association said there would be a feed shortage if farmers maintained their present rate of feeding livestock Spokesmen for the meat indus try said in turn that there would be less meat next year if fewer animals are fattened A spokes man for the American Meat In stitute estimated that meal con sumption would be cut 10 per cent next year Berger said that whether wheat can be used profitably to fatten steers depends on its price which in turn depends on how much wheat the government buys for export Nursemaid Admits Fight With Husky Kidnaper Is Only Hoax Highland Park 111 nursemaid who was acclaimed by press and radio 10 days ago after she told how she fought off a husky would be kidnaper admitted Thursday that she made up the story to gain fame and a possible reward I thought that if I had been the family I would have given a maid in a position like that at least the nurse Mrs Else Mar grethe Gerald told police Mrs Gerald 26 a widow with 2 children admitted the story was a hoax after lie detector tests Wednesday night She was employed by James H Moses a Chicago advertising ex ecutive to tend his 3 month old baby daughter Laurie Ann while he and his wife and an older were on vacation Last Aug 25 the night before the family was due home Mrs Gerald carried out her remarkably realistic hoax In her confession Wednesday Mrs Gerald said she had twisted the brassiere around her neck her self and had inflicted the scratch on her back with a clothes hanger She said she went out the front door and entered the house again through a window in the living room tracking dirt and leaves through the house The missing rings actually were flushed down a toilet she said becausethey brought back un happy memories of her husband who died a year ago Police said that no charges would be filed against her and she was permitted to go home GlobeGazette Photo ANTHONY J ROBERTS in Check Forgeries Report Bevin Seeks Gold Split as Part of Marshall Aid Plan Proposal for Dividing Fort Knox Cache Has Support of Government London authoritative American source said Thursday that Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevins proposal for redistribu tion of the Fort Knox gold was in the British view to be an in tegral part of the Marshall plan for aiding European economic re covery The informant said Bevin had made the suggestion informally in an exchange with U S Am bassador Lewis W Douglas be fore announcing it publicly Wednesday at the trade union congress in Southport In the course of a 70 minute talk Thursday with American congressmen who are investigat ing economic conditions in Bri tain and western Europe the for eign secretary gave several more details of his proposal this source adciad Bevins elucidation of his pro posal for redistributing U S gold stocks came in answer to a ques tion from one of the congressmen and the informant said the for eign secretary made these points His proposal had the backing of the British government He believed it was unhealthy and unsound economics out of harmony with the principles of multilateral trade which the Unit ed States herself was urging for one country to hold most of the worlds gold stocks and not use them There would be no lasting set tlement of Europes economic dif ficulties if continental recovery was to depend on neverending U S loans Gold could become the basis of world currency systems and every nation should have access to it The informant said Bevins elucidation of his proposal was received somewhat skeptically by the U S congressmen A member of the delegation said it just doesnt make sense Ambassador Douglas introduced the legislators to the foreign sec retary Bevin reviewed the whole world situation for the congressmen who tired a series of questions at him Later Bevin was to attend a meet ing of the cabinet The imformant said it was like ly new diplomatic exchanges would take place between the for eign office and the U S state department on the subject of Bevins gold plan Ambassador Douglas was under stood to be cabling details of Bev ins remarks to the congressmen to Washington Few of the American legislators who saw the foreign secretary this morning would disclose de tails of the meeting When asked how Bevin eluci dated his gold proposal several said they were unable to answer because they had not read his speech The American informant said Bevins 2nd proposal to the trades union congress call for an empire customs union not discusesd at Thursdays meeting The informant who is in close touch with top United States opin ion in foreign affairs expressed the view that there might be something in Bevins idea if he had urged redistribution of the worlds gold holdings after the war devastated countries of Eur ope had recovered physically Then he said gold could be used to form the basis or the back ing for their currencies But as far as he could see he said Bevin had nothing like that in mind at the moment All he appeared to want was that the United States freely and liberally hand put her own gold stocks to countries prepared to en terinteaprogram of selfhelp and coordinated recovery Weather Report FORECAST Iowa Fair and cooler Thursday night Friday fair with moder ate temperatures Low Thurs day night 56 northwest to 62 southeast High Friday 82 to 85 Mason City Fair and cooler Thursday night and Friday Low Thursday night 60 to C2 High Friday 82 to 85 Minnesota Fair and cooler Thurs day night Friday fair with moderate temperatures IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum 90 Minimum 68 At 8 a m Thursday 72 YEAR AGO Maximum 71 Minimum 53 LOOK INSIDE TRYGVE LIE UN Secretary Sees Break in East and West Deadlock Sec page 2 New Elevator to Be Built at Joice See page 6 New York Giants Beat Eastern AllStars 210 See page 35 New Car Sales Showed Drop Here in August See page 17 CONFESSES TO PASSING IN BAD CHECKS Tony Roberts Tells Police He Cashed Small Amounts for 5 Weeks In an oral confession to Chief of Police Harold E Wolfe of Mason City Thursday noon Anthony J Tony Roberts 218 13th S E admitted a long list of check forgeries which amounted to near ly a in 5 weeks of operation It is the biggest check deal weve had in Mason City in a good many years Chief Wolfe said adding that he believed the list of forgeries was far from complete Roberts admitted to Chief Wolfe that he had passed bad checks lo cally at Buttreys the Hanford ho tel Piggly Wiggly Montgomery Ward and Younkers most of them from amounts of to and also confessed to checks Spen cer Centerville and MacGregor Iowa Albert Lea and Mankato Minn ranging from to Mason City police arrested Rob erts in a local dentists office Tuesday afternoon shortly after he allegedly had cashed a check at Buttreys The check passed at Montgomery Ward was for and the one at Piggly Wiggly for Most of Roberts checks were written on accounts at the First National bank in Mason City but he also was alleged to have passed them on banks in St Louis De corah and Albia and when nabbed by city police had a number of blank checks of various banks and another made out for on the Albia bank Roberts told Chief Wolfe that he found the billfold of Howard Schmock local taxi driver 120 4th N W in the Park Inn hotel and that he did not know Schmock whose name he had used to cash a number of checks He used Schmocks photostatic discharge papers and other iden tification for a time he said and then burned them He had several checks drawn on the name of Wal ter Maxin and Maxon according to police Chief Wolfe had been question ing Roberts on a number of the checks since the arrest Tuesday but it was not until Thursday that Roberts broke down and confessed the Schmock checks and still others which had been linked to him by a handwriting expert How many checks have you cashed in this run Tony Chief Wolfe asked Roberts replied Around 10 I guess City police have track of 10 and are investigating several others A description from Mankato said that a man about 24 5 feet 7 inches tall 150 pounds dark hair one eye crossed wearing glasses neat appearing and a fast talker had passed 2 checks there on the name of Howard Schmock on the First National bank in Mason City for amounts of and When Chief Wolfe showed Rob erts the description the latter hesitated a moment and then said That description is pretty close He had denied several times that he had ever been in Man kato Roberts also told Wolfe Thurs day that he bad been sentenced to 2 years in the Federal peniten tiary at El Reno Okla 4 years ago for forgeries on money or ders of the Railway Express com pany which he had carried across state lines He said he served 19 months and 6 days of the sen tence Roberts moved here 2 months ago from St Louis with his wife and 4 months old baby He said he has been traveling in Iowa and Minnesota for the West Disinfect ing company soap dispensers with headquarters in St Paul Minn Chief Wolfe said the check passed at Mankato was a down payment on a 1936 Buick he recently bought which he later wrecked at Centerville Charges of forgery will be placed against Roberts when he is arraigned in city police court Friday Chief Wolfe said Charles City Dairies Will Boost Milk Price Charles price of milk will increase from 16 cents a quart to 17 cents Monday accord ing to W E Fix of the Ellendala dairy The other 3 dairies in Charles City will advance the price Plan Auction Sale community auction sale sponsored by the Rake Com mercial club will be held Satur day evening in Rake A number of articles have already been listed for the sale with Jim Thompsen