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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 18, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Centi Copy MASON Cm IOWA THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18 1947 This Paper Consists of Two Sectionssection One No 192 BIG HURRICANE HEADS NORTHWEST HALDEN HEADS NEW SETUP IN IOWAS SAFETY Replaces Steele in Education Division of State Department Des Moines general re organization of the state divisio of safety education and the ap pointment of Jesse W Halden o Newton to head it was announce Thursday by Al Kahl commis sioner of the state department o public safety Kahl also announced severa shifts in the state highway pa trol including closing of the Ol tumwa district shifting the Cres ton district headquarters to Os ceola and transferring the Mt Pleasant district headquarters t fairfield AH of the changes will becom effective Oct 1 Halden past commander of th Iowa American Legion and re cently appointed director of th departments safety responsibility division will succeed Dan Steele of Cedar Rapids Steele ha been acting director the safety education division about a year Steele will become director in charge of field representatives o the division and of the driver im provement program Temporarily Steele will havi charge of safety education work in northeast Iowa until a new field representative can be ob tained for that area A new safety education pro gram now goes into effect in an effort to help the cities and towns and counties of the state in their own safety programs Kahl said Frank Ulish of Fort Dodge will have charge of safety education work in the northwest area George Baker of Ida Grove will be in charge of the southwes area and Ed Poison of Indianola will be in charge of the south east area Russell Carlson of Des Moines will conduct the driver training tests and Mrs Nclle Kenison oi Madrid will be field representa tive for the division with head quarters in Des Moines As a part of the highway pa trol reorganization program the pttumwa district will be elimi nated Kahl said Sgt D A Thim mesch who had been in charge at Ottumwa resigned recently to become personnel director of the new John Deere company planl in Des Moines Patrolman Everett Kjlts was transferred effective Thursday from Storm Lake to Humboldt He becomes a sergeant in charge at Humboldt Kilts succeeds Sgt Jim Clapp who previously was trans ferred to take charge of the Cedar Rapids district Clapp replaced Sgt Wilbur Eicher who recently was made a lieutenant in charge oJ the patrols new northwest area Select U S for UN Body on Indonesia New York United States was chosen Thursday to serve with Australia and Belgium on a 3member United Nations commission to assist in negotiating a settlement of the DutchIndone sian conflict The selection of the United States was announced in a joint statement by Premier PaulHenri Spaak of Belgium and Dr Herbert V Evatt Australian minister of external affairs They said the United States had agreed to serveon the commission Its creation originally was pro posed by Hersche V Johnson deputy U S delegate in the se curity council The commission is authorized to offer its good offices to the Dutch and Indonesians The Unit ed States proposed the commission after the Indonesians had turned down a U S offer to use its own good offices toward a settle ment LOOK Forrestal Is Sworn In as New US Defense Head See page 2 Central Sioux City Plays Mohawks Friday See page 17 Nearby Counties Share Social Welfare Funds See page 6 Predict Violent Russ Blast Against U S Overhaul of UN IOWAS TRAFFIC DEATH TOLL 382 2 North lowans Killed in Highway Accidents By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Iowas 1947 traffic fatality toll rose to 382 Thursday with the death of Mrs Thora Johnson 75 of Wesley in an Algona hospital The 382 figure compared with a 372 total for the same date a year ago Mrs Johnson was injured fatal ly when the car in which she was riding skidded in loose gravel am plunged over a 7foot embank ment near Woden Wednesda night Mrs Silas Skow also of Wes ley daughter of Mrs Johnson was driving the car which skidded in oose gravel after meeting another car and plunged over a 7foot ein jankment Mrs Skow suffered a iroken arm and bruises Three sons 3 daughters a broth er and a sister survive Mrs John son Two lowans were killed in au omobile accidents Wednesday anc a 3rd died of injuries received in an earlier accident Funeral services for Paul Bobst 81 farmer near Alexander who was killed when struck by a car MI a highway near Dows were entatively set for Saturday after loon at the Halverson funeral lome at Dows The car was driven by Geralc Hacfcbarth 38 Dows filling station iwner on highway 3 2 miles south if the2 roads leading toDows and Alexander Wednesday afternoon While hauling cream to Dows Jobst parked his car alongside the lighway and crossedthe road to a orafield Sheriff Charles Nolle vho investigated the accident said is Bobstwas returning to his car lie sheriff said he was hit by the Hackbarth auto Hacfcbarth told Sheriff Nolte he aw Bobst and saw lim but apparently was blinded y the dust from a passing pickup ruck and did not notice the on oming car John OConner 22 of Clinton was killed when his car left the oad 9 miles northwest of Clinton n highway 136 Chester A Mitchell49 of Cedar apids injured in an accident last unday on highway 218 south of Cedar Rapids died at a Cedar lapids hospital Wednesday Mit hells car was in collision with nother automobile SAME Black lac mean traflle death In nast Vote School Bond Issue Gilmore City a vote of 23 to 106 a bond issue o finance a new Gilmore City onsolidated school was author ed Wednesday The new school ill replace one destroyed by fire ec 14 1943 The district in udes parts of western Humboldt nd eastern Pocahontas counties r Evatt of Australia Gives Qualified 0 K to Revision Proposal United Nations Hall Flushing N r Foreign Minister Herbert B Evatt an nounced qualified approval of the U S plan to reorganize the Unitec Nations Thursday as a preliminary to an expected blistering attack on American foreign policy by Piissias Andrei Y Vishinsky UN delegates anticipated thai the Soviets may havesome sur prise proposals themselves to counter Secretary of State George C Marshalls radical plans for curbing the veto power and build ing up the power of theTJN assem bly to rival that of the security council Evatt who lost a bid for the UN presidency Tuesday spoke at the morning plenary session and as he has done for 3 years bitterly de nounced the principle of the veto for the big powers and soviet abuse of thtt privilege Evatt urged the assembly to ace now to limit the use of the veto rather than wait until next year as suggested by the United States Marshall suggested a years study by a committee before changing the voting procedure but Evatl said mere appointment of a committee would be unsatisfactory to Australia Evatt blamed the worlds chaotic conditions on Z in drafting the peace treaties and the drift toward division of the world into Z blocs Hg denounced the ten dency of certain nations to form dominating groups and rigid blocs or alignments Be was pointing at the Soviets but did not answer charges that the British commonwealth of nations also Forms a powerful bloc He predicted early completion of a Japanese peace treaty but skipped any reference to Russias refusal to date to allow 11 nations nstead of the Pacific Big 4 to draft it He said the Jap treaty need not awaitthe German and Austrian settlements Like Marshall Evatt praised the immense possibilitise of theUN assembly of 55 nations arid blamed failure of the security council to maintain peace and security on the soviet use of the veto 20 times to thwart the will of the majorfity Vishinsky may have some sur prise proposals of his own His 3oss Soviet Foreign Minister V M Molotov took the UN by sur prise at the opening last year by proposing universal disarmament The assembly continued its gen eral debate after the 14nation steering committee Wednesday light overrode Russias objections and voted 12 to 2 to recommend inclusion of the Greek case on the assemblys agenda as requested by the United States There was overwhelming agree ment with Marshall in general winciple but some cautious 2nd noughts disclosed considerable concern lest a showdown with the Russians on this delicate issue might break up the UN com pletely HURRICANE left An emergency crew of electrical workers tackles job of repairing high voltage power line which endangered the highway near Riviera Beach Fla after the hurricane winds snapped the pole at the base at homes along the waterfront at Miami Fla get a deluge of water and wind at the height of the tropical storm Passengers Watch as Pole Is Hurled Into Train Window EDITORS Allen passenger representative rode the Seaboard Airline railways New York bound Silver Meteor through the heart of the Florida hurricane By JOHN ALLEN Written for The United Press Wildwood Fla as we pulled out of West Palm Beach I saw a high tension power pole about 4 feet in diameter snap off in the wind that must have been buffetting our train at 110 miles an hour Seconds later it came hurtling through the window of the New York bound Meteor The passengers stared silently as the thing broke off 100 yards from the slow moving train The winds picked it up with the power lines still attached and lifted it high in the air It swayed giddily like the storm knew it had it and didnt know what to do with it Then while we watched horrified it waved at us and headed for the plate glass window of the train like a giant spear Some of the passengers screamed I was speechless We must have all moved back because no one was hurt when it punched through the window and sent slivers of glass flying all over the coach Luckily the power lines snapped and there was no current when the thing came through the window I turned to Robert Feerst a student who lives in Miami We both took a deep breath The train proceeded dragging the pole sticking out of the window It dropped off but we couldnt patch the window We knew when the train pulled out of Miami at a m that we would pass through the storm area but we thought we would catch only a minor part of it The 10coach train is one of the fastest in the nation and we be lieved we could outrun it We were wrong The next 13 hours were tense We went through the storm at its height It began hitting us before we got to West Palm Beach That was before 10 a m As the train flashed along I could see palm trees bend ing at almost right angles Fronds Uttered the countryside The howl ing of the wind became an unearthly scream We neared Fort Lauderdale and got through all right After that thetrain not heavily loaded slowed to a snails pace The winds made the coaches sway We clustered around the trains radio The announcer at a near by station was describing the storm He said he would continue giv ing his listeners a running story because his antennae was built to stand winds of 175 miles an hour He paused Then he told us that one of them had snapped and apologized Guess the other one snapped too because we didnt hear him after that Mechanic Sucked Into Air Intake of Jet Airplane and Killed Bakersfield Cal In glewood Cal mechanic weighing morethan 200 pounds died when he was sucked into the air intake f a P86 jet plane at Muroc air ase Coroner Norman C Houze reported Thursday The mechanic Maurice G Bricka 37 employed by North American Aviation corporation was standing 4 feet from the giant craft during an experimental test Wednesday The powerful suction pulled his body in head first Houze said Foxes Get the Works Adelaide Australia Australian graziers are scaring iway foxes with explosive charges which are fired automatically with blinding flash that can be seen nd heard for more than a mile Hurricane Baby Del Ray Fla Gale was born in a hurricane She is the infant daughter of Mr and Mrs J William Babkie wich who came into the world Wednesday while Floridas worst storm in 10 years was at its height Parents and baby were inside a stormproof hotel safe from the elements fury Talle to Join Price Study Group Meeting Decorah Congressman Henry O Talle who arrived home from Washington last week will leave for Cleveland Ohio Monday to attend a meeting of the senate house price study committee Sept 22 to 25 He is a member of the committee Wheat Corn Prices Tumble as U S Slashes Relief Shipments UAW Urges Consumer Group to Join Drive Against Food Costs By UNITED PRESS Wheat and corn prices tumbled the full limit on the Chicago board of trade Thursday but be gan climbing upward again in later trading The spectacular drop at the opening of the market was at tributed to a government an nouncement of drastically cur tailed gram exports for Novem ber As trading opened wheat sold generally 10 cents below Wednes days closing price and corn dropped 8 cents Oats were off as much as 4jj cents a bushel September wheat opened at a bushel compared with the alltime high of set a week ago September corn which reached an all time high of a bushel Sept 15 sold for as low as a bushel Thursday At Chicagos stockyards butcher hogs were steady to 25 cents higher but lighter hogs were steady to 25 cents lower Slaughter steers were weak to 50 cents lower At Chicago subpenas were is sued for the appearance of offi cials of 15 major dairies before a special federal grand jury sum moned to investigate high food prices Subpenas already had been issued for representatives of Chi cagos big meat packers Meanwhile the CIO United Au tomobile Workers urged all con sumer groups to join an allout campaign against high food prices Announcing that It would set up cooperative stores in the Detroit area to sell food to mem bers at cost the union called upon labor veteran womens church and other consumer groups to join in a nationwide organized protest against profiteering and high prices We know consumers can in crease the buying power of their dollars only through a nation wide cooperative purchasing sys tem Union President Walter Heuther said He said the power of collective buying already had been demon strated in Detroit because one of the largest chain stores had start ed a special sales drive The UAWs cost stores in De troit would be extended to other cities if locals there wanted help he said As the UAW announced its drive signs appeared on the Chi cago board of trade that the price spiral might be flattening out The prices of wheat corn and oats dropped for the 2nd consecutive day in highly nervous trading Livestock moved slowly at the big stockyards Any sharp break in prices would show at the wholesale and futures markets first just as re tail prices rose following alltime highs on the livestock and grain markets 2 weeks ago Rescue Man Burled Up to Waist in 18Foot Well for 22 Hours Warner N H con icious Norman Wood 23year ld Sutton war veteran was res ued from an 18foot well Thurs day after being buried up to his waist for 22 hours by a cavein Trapped while working in the well Woods was pinned at the bottom of the pit and held prison r all Wedensday afternoon and Vedncsday night When finally rescued by 300 olunteer workers Woods was tak n 18 miles to the Margaret Pills bury hospital in Concord Dr Edward Putnam said Wood was in pretty fair condition He did not go into shock and is resting comfortable the physi cian said He probably will re main at the hospital for at least a few days however Kept alive and warm through the nearfreezing night with an oxygen mask and 5 electric heat ing pads Woods joked nervously with his weary rescue crew and chatted confidently with his young wife Just take it easy fellows he said puffing on a cigaret that had been lowered to him I only want to get out of here in one piece A couple of hours or more in here wont make too much difference A makeshift harness under his arms supported him and took some of the weight of the tons of gravel and rocks off his legs In the glare of arclights with the temperature dropping to a low of 35 degrees Woods nibbled on sandwiches and drank cups of steaming hot coffee during the night from a Red Cross canteen that had been set up at the edge of the shaft Delving cautiously in 60man shifts townsfolk and men from nearby construction projects dug a 10foot trench around the well so that the sides would not cave in further Woods was alone at the bottom of the well when the walls caved in Warned by a trickle of earth he sought to climb a ladder to safety but had traveled only a few feet before he was trapped LAGUARDIA IS IN DEEP SLEEP Fear Little Flower Will Not Recover New York Mayor Fiorella H LaGuardia slept deep ly Thursday and his physician said that it was doubtful that the citys beloved Butch gravely ill at his home would ever awaken Mayor William ODwyer asked the city to pray for his tough lit tle predecessor who hated injus tice and chiselers In his latest bulletin Dr George B a e h r LaGuardias physician said There have been no indi cations of improvement and it is not expected that he will regain full consciousness His pulse is somewhat weaker LaGuardia 64 collapsed at his home Tuesday night He rallied only slightly from the coma Wed nesday and took a little nourish ment He was suffering from a pancreas condition which had gradually limited his activities since his decision in 1945 not to seek reelection The 5 foot 2 inch bouncing windmill whose eyes blazed and whose voice grew shrill with an ger at the mention of gamblers and racketeers fought those foes to the last He was forced to give up his radio broadcasts after an operation last June However he was busy writing when he col lapsed Physicians decided he was too ill to risk removal to a hospital LaGuardia served the city as mayor for 12 years longer than any other man except Richard Varick who served from 1789 to 1801 Prior to that he served in congress At his bedside was his wife Marie whose kitchen successes at sidestepping high food prices La Guardia passed on to his radio listeners and his readers Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy warm and windy Thursday nightand Friday Showers andcooler late Friday night Low Thursday night 70 high Friday 80 to 85 Iowa Partly cloudy and warm Thursday night and Friday but with scattered showers and cool er weather entering northwest portion Friday and spreading over the state Friday night and Saturday showers ending Sun day turning quite cold Sunday night southerly winds around 25 miles per hour through Fri day temperatures Friday will range from average lows of 70 to average highs of 80 northwest and from 70 to 88 southeast Sat urday from 60 to 65 northwest and 70 to 84 southeast Minnesota Mostly cloudy Thurs day night and Friday with oc casional showers north and west portions Thursday night and entire state Friday No de cided change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum 81 Minimum 68 At 8 a m Thursday 74 YEAR AGO Maximum 77 Minimum 55 VEERS TOWARD COASTAL AREA OF LOUISIANA Storm Endangers 500 Mile Stretch of Coast After Mauling Florida Fensacola Fla destruc tive hurricane of gigantic propor tions veered suddenly Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico and endangered a 500 mile stretch of coast from Cedar Keys Fla to Morgan City La The tropical storm which Wednesday raked across southern Florida had been expected to hit the northwest coast off Florida between Fensacola and Apalachi cola about midnight However re connaissance by an army plane spotted the center due south of Apalachicola at 12 noon CST with northwesterly movement in dicating it would strike some where along the southern Louisi ana coast Earlier highway patrolmen had raced through small towns and fishing villages along Floridas ex posed but thinly populated north west coast warning residents to flee The which roared across southern Florida Wednes day like a huge mowing machine curved savagely northward in the Gulf of Mexico and drove again upon the mainland Five deaths had been reported Gov Millard F Caldwells office announced that a state of emer gency had been proclaimed in Florida by President Truman in the wake of multimillion dollar damage and federal agencies were mobilized to aid the stricken areas Frightened residents of vulner able coastal areas scurried into Pensacola and inland towns as winds began rising and the beach resort of Santa Hosa Island and loylying Destin Fla were evac uated In Mobile disaster crews ar ranged to evacuate residents of lowlying areas of the Alabama gulf coast including several hun dred persons living in warbuilt frame apartments on Blakely is land Meanwhile fresh word from the lower west coast indicated that Fort Myers was hard hit when the hurricane moved into the gulf High tides damaged the city water and sewer systems and the sani tation problem was serious be cause of lack of drainage City witer was restored by noon Damage at Fort Myers was es timated at and the Mi ami Daily News set other damage at for the BocaRaton Miami army airfield at Miami Beach and at Del Ray beach There were no es timates for many communities Damage to agriculture was de scribed as enormous with citrus grovesthe greatest casualties Rail and bus lines were virtu ally stampeded by stranded tour ists and others trying to reach south Florida In Jacksonville about 2400 bus passengers were milling at the Greyhound bus terminal Travel was disrupted Tuesday night and was not yet restored Rail travel however was being resumed As the great storm moved up the gulf the navy ordered its air craft carrier Wright and Z de stroyers to proceed with all speed toward the Yucatan channel to es cape the blow Wednesday the unpredictable uncontrollable monster ripped a path of destruction across Flor idas most famous playground and farming section It roared inland with 120mile winds between Mi ami and Palm Beach and emerged into the gulf near Fort Myers with scarcelydiminished velocity Civilians in the danger area were being moved to reinforced buildings and beach residents fled to town Seven Cuban fishing boats landed at Alligator Point as their crews sought shelter Tallahassee residents with beach homes rushed from the capital to batten down their cottages Hurricane winds which mauled the lower west coast of Florida Wednesday night diminished to gale strength Thursday but con tinued to hamper transportation and communication In Atlanta the federal reserve bank announced that credits would be extended to finance re placement of storm damaged property and would be exempt from usual consumercredit con trols Six persons including 3 children and an 86 year old invalid man were reported missing from sea swept Cape Florida just south of Miami The coast guard ordered a search for them by plane and sur face craft Red Cross and Salvation Army workers were busy and army per sonnel contributed medical serv ice The coast guard made exten sive surveys by air and lent aid where needed   

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