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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 26, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AU NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOL LIT Associated fna and United Proa Full Leased Wtra Five Cents m Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER 26 1947 This HOME EDITION iniiir SEE RECORD BREAKING PRODUCTION ANDERS ON ASKS U S EMPLOYES IN SPECULATION Wants Brokers to Give Him Names of Persons Who Traded on Market Washington of Agriculture Anderson Friday called upon brokerage firms to supply him with names of any government employes or mem bers of their immediate families who as customers traded in fu ture commodities between Jan 1 1946 and Dec 15 1947 The request was made in con nection with the departments ef forts to determine whether any Government Insiders have been speculating in grain and other commodities The request went to more than 600 brokerage firms registered under the commodity exchange act The brokers were instructed to report by Jan 3 and to supply detailed information not later than Jan 10 An aide to Anderson said the request applied to any employe of the United State government its agencies or commissions or any person employed by any state or its subdivision including local school boards The departments comodity ex change administration reported earlier this week that 71 local state and federal government em ployes were among traders in wheat on the Chicago Board of Trade on Sept 17 1947 The names of these officials have not yet been disclosed They will be made public the department said at tjie time it gives out a list of all traders in wheat on the Chicago market on that date Two congressional committees have begun investigations of spec ulation incommodities They are a special house investigating com mittee and the senate appropri ations committee Rep Andersen EMinn said the house group which he heads has information which strongly indicates there has been specu lation on a fairly large scale by persons with inside informa tion on government commodity purchasing plans Guerrillas in Greece Open SuddenAttack Athens Guerrilla forces opened heavy attacks near the Al banian border Friday in what mili tary experts said was an attempt to expand territorial holdings for the newly proclaimed communist state within northern Greece More than 500 persons have been arrested by Greek authori ties in the Athens area since the proclamation of the state by Gen Markos Vifiades leader of the antigovernment communist forces in the northern fighting zones The guerrillas attacked 1500 strong south of loannina and sliced Greek army supply lines to Epirus Two guerrilla brigades and 2 additional battalions launched a heavy attack Thursday at Konit sa covering the assault with a heavy barrage of mortar and ar tillery fire An army communique said they were held back with very heavy losses Forty miles to the west at Philiates a fierce action was re ported Tinder way Friday be tween a strong force of guer rillas and army troops Reports on the action were sketchy Press re ports said a plane with Yugoslav air force markings reconnoitering over the area was driven off by Greek fighters Greek army reinforcements were being rushed to defense points in the fighting zones War Minister George Stratos flew to the town only a few miles south of the Albanian border to take personal charge of the opera tions An official announcement said the bulk of the attacking force came from Albania while the re mainder was made up of small guerrilla bands from the surround ing hills Army units meanwhile con tinued their search for the head quarters of Gen Markos Vifiades the leader of antigovernment forces in northern Greece who Wednesday announced the crea tion of an independent communist state in the fighting zone Army leaders say they wish the 41 year old communist general Probe Death of Youth 10 Killed by Gun Deputy sheriffs Friday were in vestigating the death of Walter Hyde 10yearold son of Mr anc Mrs Lynn Hyde who farms 5 miles northwest of Clear Lake after Hyde died Thursday eveninj in a Mason City hospital from t builet wound in the head Th shot came froma source as yet un known according to the officers The youth died about 9 p m S hours after lie and his 10yearoU cousin Wayne Westcott son of Mr and Mrs Floyd Westcott 145 2nd S E had been hunting on the farm of Robert Latch which is ad jacent to the Hydes Young Westcott was on the op posite side of the garage on the Latch farm when he heard a shot and came around the to find the Hyde boy lying on the ground with a bullet wound his head the report stated The bullet entered under the left car and came out over the right eye Earlier Wayne Westcotts twin sister Elaine and another cousin Richard Westcott 8yearsold and been with the 2 boys but had re turned home All of the 3 children reported that they had seen 3 hunters in a field adjoining the spot where the Hyde boy was shot Sheriff Cal Dwan said As there was no one home at the Latch farm Wayne Westcott ran back to the Hyde farm about 3 quarter of a mile away to sum mon aid The victim was then brought to Mason City for treatment but doc tors here said that he never re gained consciousness from the time he was hit An examinatign of the Hyde boys rifle showed that it still con tained a shell and was still on the safety position Survivors in addition to the par ents are the grandparents Mr and Mrs Sam Hyde Clear Lake and Mr and Mrs Roy Westcott Clear Lake 2 brothers Earldean and Dale and 2 sisters Wilma Jean and Lindley all at home The Westcotts have been winter ing in Tucson Ariz Funeral arrangements are in complete The body is at the Wil cox iuneral chapel AP SANTAS Gratis 7 left wrote Santa asking him to forget her and remember Bobby Peterson 10 right bedridden for 5 years The appeal was read over a Rock Springs Wyo radio station and brought a flood of gifts from listeners The pair look over the gifts in Bobbys home at Winton Wyo Gloria holds a doll which Bobby gave her L R Boomhower 57 Local Attorney Dies in Rochester Services to Be Held at OClock on Saturday Afternoon suffered in an Arnolds park Other traffic would define his free territory within Greek borders so they could get at him Military officials assert that Markos could not hold any given area for 48 hours 6 IOWA DEATHS OVER HOLIDAY 5 Persons Are Killed in Traffic Mishaps By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Iowa Christmas holiday mishaps had resulted in 6 deaths Friday all but one of them occurring in traffic accidents The lone exception was the death of Henry Raynor 59 of Council Bluffs who was fatally crushed underneath a Rock Island freight train Thursday Pottawattamie County Coroner Stanley Wopdring said Raynor ap parently tried to slide under the halted train and it started up crushing him The latest death occurred Thursday night when Mrs Jake Ritchey about 66 died of injuries auto accident at deaths occurring Thursday included Nova Bass Jr 21 home on hol iday furlough from the army who died Thursday of injuries suf fered in an auto accident south o Webster City Wednesday night Mrs Lawrence Collins 21 of Jasper Ark hilled when the car in which she was riding with her husband went off highway 34 two miles east of Glenwood Holiday deaths are figured from 6 p m Wednesday through midnight Throughout the nation accidents on the highways as usual over a holiday period resulted in the largest number of least 179 But fatalities from miscel laneous causes were past the 107 mark more than double the toll last Christmas The traffic toll of 179 and 107 from miscellaneous causes for a total of 286 covered the period from 6 p m Christmas eve to Thursday midnight For the cor responding period last year the total was 261 including 213 traf fic deaths and 48 fatalities from miscellaneous plane and etc California led the nation in vio lent fatalities the same as last Christmas but this years total of 27 compared with 57 last year This years traffic toll in Cali fornia was 21 as against a record 55 in 1946 L R 57 Mason ity attorney died at a hospital in Rochester Minn Christmas after oon following an illness of about month He had been a resident of Jason City nearly 40 years mov ng here in 1908 following the eath of his father He had served on the planning commission for Mason City and was responsible for the planning and development of Broadlawns addition one of the finest residen tial sections of Mason City in which modern trends of home planning have been carried out Besides his many activities as a lawyer throughout his life he had been interested in farming and the raising of purebred cattle He served as president of the Cerro Gordo County Bar association in 1937 and headed the Drake uni versity alumni in Mason City Mr Boomhower was born Dec 18 1890 at Fertile Iowa the son of Burt and Ella Kelly Boom hower of pioneer families in Worth county He was graduated from Fertile high school attended Memorial university at Mason City and was graduated from Drake university Des Moines in law Mr Boomhower was a member of the Elks lodge E A E the Mason City Country club and the Euchre and Cycle club L R BOOMHOWER train crashes asphyxiation AIR FORCE STRENGTH UP Washington air force now has a total of 335000 officers and men in its 34 000 above its June 1947 postwar low The wartime high set in March 1944 was 2411000 and 3 children Mrs Roger Lyons Leslie Boomhower Jr and Wil liam B Bud Boomhower 2 grandchildren Michael and Linda Lyons and a brother M W Boomhower all of Mason City and 2 aunts Agnes Eehoe Spo kane Wash and Anna K Bryant Minneapolis Mrs Bryant is in Mason City and her son Ernest of Minneapolis will be here for the services Funeral services will be held at p m Saturday at the Patter son funeral home with the Rev Alvin N Rogness pastor of Trinity Lutheran church officiating In terment will be at Memorial Park cemetery The Patterson funeral home in charge Iowa UMW Leader Dies Des Moines serv ices will be held here Saturday afternoon for Thomas McCully 76 former vice president of district No 13 United Mine Workers of America who died Thursday in Davenport McCully moved to Davenport 6 months ago after 31 years in Des Moines He lived in pskaloosa and Albia before com ing to Des Moines in 1916 SAME Dllck fill oleum dealh In nut SNOWSTORM ON EASTERN COAST See 6 to 10 Inches in Middle Atlantic Area By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A swirling snowstorm swept in he Atlantic ocean Friday and blanketed the middle Atlantic coastal area with a cover forecast ers predicted may reach S to 10 inches in depth Train and auto traffic was slowed down in New York ant Philadelphia and planes were grounded in the storm area Eight inches of snow had fallen in New York City by 11 a m At lantic City N J had a fall of 6 inches Philadelphia reported more than 5 inches Meanwhile winds ranging up to 50 miles an hour swept New Eng land ahead of a predicted blizzard with 8 inches of new snow fore cast on top of Tuesdays 4 to 15 inch fall Two storm centers were con verging on the New England re the disturbance which r has spread snow on the coast as far south as Washington the othei moving eastward from Michigan The eastward moving storm brought new falls of from 1 to 3 inches of snow in an arc from Michigan through Ohio and into western Pennsylvania and New York In addition to being the snowy part of the nation the east and New England were the cold cen ter The daytime temperature in New York City Friday was 28 de grees sharpened by gusty winds Albany had its coldest Christmas in 71 years The thermometer reg istered 12 degrees below zero early Thursday and climbed no higher than 12 above during the day Lindberg in Orient Shanghai A Lind berg touring the orient on busi ness for Pan American World Air ways arrived Friday from Hong Kong MANILA REELS UNDER SAVAGE TYPHOON BLOW Fire Caused by Storm Wipes Out 75 Per cent of Historic Tacloban Manila savage typhoon swept the Philippines Friday It heavily damaged portions of Ma nila caused a fire that wiped out 70 percent of historic Tacloban destroyed one ship and damaged five others President Roxas declared an emergency holiday to permit all energies to be devoted to recovery as the worst Decem ber typhoon to hit the Philippines in 29 over the China sea toward Hainan The typhoon stripped the last vestige of Christmas gaiety from the Philippines and left residents gasping from the shock of tnc Islands fifth and most violent storm in 2 months The Danish motorship Kina bound from Tokyo to Europe with crew of 36 and 15 passengers IS rpnnrtoH n tnta Ineo in was reported a Samar Sea total loss in the The 9823 ton vessel of the Dan ish East Asiatic lines was driven aground Its loss was reported by the Norwegian motor vessel Sam uel Bakke which was grounded itself but managed to pull free The Bakke radioed that it had licked up five survivors all from the Kinas crew It added there were more survivors but did not say whether they were pas engers The Kinya crashed on rocky amandag Island about five miles off the coast of Samar Island and Between Samar and the northwest tip of Leyte Send planes to look for sur vivors around Camandag Island Santo Nino Island and Tagapula sland the Bakke radioed All hree are between Samar and Leyte in the Samar Sea The steamship line reported the lassenger list included 3 American WACs 3 married couples and 3 children In Chicago the family of Ada Sspenshade 33 year old civilian employe of the war department aid their daughter and 2 compan ons Louise Rosso and Anne Vtalek both war department em ployes were aboard the Kina The Espenshades said the 3 might be hose listed as WACs Manila wTiich escaped damage rom previous blows the past few months was caught directly in the enter of this one A report to the Chinese Com mercial News from isolated Taclo lan on Leyte island said 70 per ent of the business district of that ity had been wiped out by a fire vhich whipped through the town n the wings of the typhoon Tacloban was the scene of some of he wars fiercest fighting on jeyte Preliminary reports of the Ma lila police listed 3 killed here and 1 injured The citys transporta ion system was completely dis upted and the power light and elephone services operated on a imited emergency basis A survey by the Associated Press showed that damage in Ma nila was erratic and spotted al though the eye of the storm passed directly over the metropolitan dis trict CARL T RYE Set Rites for Carl T Rye in Mason City Funeral services will be held at the Patterson funeral home Monday afternoon at 2 for Carl T Rye 57 member of the building contracting firm of Rye and Hen kel Construction companies Asso ciated who died Wednesday eve ning of heart disease The service will be charge o the Rev Alvin N Roguess of th Trinity Lutheran church an burial will be in Elmwood ccmc tery Mr Rye is survived by 2 sons Thomas an employe of the con struction firm and Curtis yeo man 3rd class on the U S George Randall 2 grandchildren and 2 sisters Mrs A S Lunc Northwood and Mrs E A Nor em Mason City Mr Rye had just returned from a 1200 mile circuit of construction jobs in South Dakota accompan ied by Lyman Harris and was a the Harris home at Clear Lake a the time of death Born on a farm near Decorah Jan 13 1890 Mr Bye spent prac tically his entire life in Mason City He had been engaged in con struction work for more than 3 irs first with his father ChrL Rye and for the last 12 years in the Rye and Henkel partnership Mrs Billy Sunday in Hospital Cedar Rapids fP Mrs Bill Sunday 79 of the famec evangelist who died in 1935 was taken to St Lukes hospital here Thursday Physicians diagnosed her ailment as pneumonia Mrs Sunday who has been visiting ir Cedar Rapids the last 2 weeks was reported in fairly good con dition Thursday night Physicians said a severe cold and fatigue re sulting from overwork caused the illness Cheer Fund Total Ends at Contributions which were the mail but not yet received ii this office when the Christmas Cheer Fund campaign formally closed Wednesday afternoon have raised the total to over the assigned goal Final gifts aggregating in cluded Pacific Coast Friend E M Eastman Clear Lake Unnamed Manly Friend E J M Sheffield the Odvii Hagens Forest City Anonym ous and Mrs George W Nor ris Mason City This stands as the second larg est total ever rolled up in this an nual Christmas solicitation In the early part of the war when fooc packages were being sent to all local boys in service the total ex Last years tota activities growing out of the fund were to be report ed on by Miss Doris Bruce of Family Service Inc in a radio talk at p m and a check foi CARE to purchase food foi Europes hungry children was about to be sent on its way Fri day noon fullhearted word of thanks to the hundreds who had a part in this magnificently success ful venture in applied Christianity ceeded was Mason City 7 PERSONS DIE IN HOTEL FIRE 6 Jump to Safety in Orange Texas Blaze Orange Tex per sons perished in the flameswept halls and rooms of a small hotel Thursday midnight while 6 other guests jumped from windows to safety Only 5 of the 7 dead had been identified Nineteen persons were registered but only 13 were in the hotel when the blaze broke out The identified dead were listed as Junious O Carter from Penn sylvania city not available W L Jordan 41 Tampa Fla Bill Douglas 35 address unknown and Ralph Slade 72 and Early Gisler 43 both of Orange The bodies of a man and a woman had not been identified Three of the bodies were found in halls and 4 in rooms All were in sleeping garments Assistant Fire Chief E L Bark er estimated damage to the build ing and furnishings at Barker said he building hous ing 5 small business concerns with the hotel on the 2nd floor was all ablaze when firemen arrived Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy with little change in temperature Fri day night and Saturday Low Friday night 1520 high Satur day 3035 to 20 north Iowa Mostly cloudy with little change in temperatures Friday night and Saturday Low Fri day night 15 northeast to 25 southwest High Saturday 3 north to 38 south Minnesota Mostly cloudy Friday night and Saturday with light snow north portions Friday night and northeast portion Sat urday Warmer Friday night and turning slightly colder Sat urday Iowa 5day weather outlook Av erage temperatures Saturday through Wednesday will range from near normal north to 3 to 5 degrees above normal south west Normal highs 27 north to 34 south Normal lows Eight north to 15 south Colder Sat urday night and Sunday Slowly rising temperatures Monday and Tuesday Precipitation will range from little to none south less than onetenth of an inch light snow northeast Saturday or Sat urday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Friday morning Maximum 30 Minimum 8 At 8 a m Friday 8 YEAR AGO Maximum 47 Minimum 12 GlobeGazette weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum Of approximately 422000 pro ducing oil wells in the United Stales only about 4900 produce oil without pumping Minimum At 8 a m Thursday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 30 20 2G 11 Tojo Admits Blame for Pearl Harbor Tokyo UPJ Hideki Tojo the only surviving member of the axis triumvirate that plunged the world into its second and most devastating global war admitted Friday at his trial on war crimes charges that he alone was re sponsible for the Pearl Harbor at tack Obviously nervous the bald 63 yearold former premier of im perial Japan stepped to the stand to tell the international military tribunal for the far east that he had committed no crimes Tojo nicknamed The Razor when Japanese forces held half China and most of southeast Asia attempted to shield Emperor Hiro hito from blame for the attack on the Hawaiian naval base and the Pacific war that cost 1000000 al lied lives Even though he was on trial for his life Tojo was the only wit ness in his own defense He said that he alone was ultimately re sponsible for ordering the Japa nese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor Dec 7 1941 Tojo who will be 64 years of age next Tuesday smiled broadly and vigorously blew ihis nose as Dr Ichiro Kiyose his Japanese lawyer finished the opening de fense summation in his case Then walked 20 paces to the witness stand removed his blackrimmed spectacles and that he had plotted against the allied nations responsibility for plunging Japan into a war he in sisted was defensive blame for the trial and dealh sentences of Gen James Doolittles flyers who he claimed violated international law when hey bombed Japanese cities the right of the 11nation tribunal to sit in judg nent upon him defended Hiro lito his one time secular and di vine leader Tojo settled himself comfortably n the witness chair as Attorney ieorge Blewett of Philadelphia Ja began reading the 245page iO000word affidavit The reading vas expected to occupy court ses ions for the next 60 days I firmly believe and will con end to the last that the war was me selfdefense and in no manner a violation of internation il law Tojo said in his affidavit As to the responsibility for de eat I feel that it devolves upon myself as premier The responsi ijlily in that sense I am not only villing but sincerely desire to ac cpt Moderate Weather o Stay in Iowa DCS Moines cur ent moderate weather will con inue over the next several days he weather bureau predicted Fri iay Temperatures are expected to ange from near normal in north rn Iowa to a few degrees above ormal in the southwest Normal ows for this time of year range rom 8 above in the north to 15 in he south About the only precipi ation indicated is a light snow in ortheastern Iowa Saturday or aturday night The mercury touched r state igh of 44 at Lamoni and Burling on Thursday and the early riday was 9 above at Mason City here was a trace of precipitation t Dubuque and Davenport EXPECT EBB IN SOARING PRICES FOR NEXT YEAR Chairman of Trumans Economic Advisers Says Much Depends oir Crops Washington next 12 months should bring record breaking U S production and perhaps an ebb in the tide of ris ing prices the governments top economist reported Friday Given a fair crop year theres a distinct possibility that 1948 will see an abatement of inflation said Dr Edwin G Nourse chair man of the presidents council of economic advisers The 3 major influences on the economic pulse during the next year Dr Nourse told a reporter probably can be listed in this order 1 The weather If wheat corn and other crops escape the drought which hurt last falls harvest food costs could load the way to more stable prices Labor relations A 3rd round ol sizable wage increases or a new wave of strikes curtail ing production could heighten in flationary pressures 3 Foreign aid Depending on how much help is voted for Euro pean recovery exports could make some existing shortages more criti cal The council already has advo cated federal controls to keep the scarcity ol certain products in cluding steel and grain from set ting off a further inflationary spin Congress thus far has authorized only voluntary agreements by business agriculture and industry to divide scarce goods This is a provision of the republican anti inflation bill which Mr Truman is expected to sign shortly As for the No 1 factor weather the agriculture department hill good news last week Its winter wheat forecast indicated another bumper wheat than i billion he har vested It would not exceed last years but if Europe has better weather the export demand will be lower And as for goods and services he nations production rose in 1947 Dr Nourse pointed out and an be expected to rise further He gave no figures since these will be included in Mr Trumans economic message to congress next month However in the councils own report to Mr Trurnan earlier this veek there was an indication that he 5 per cent increase which the resident set as a desirable goal for 1947 had not quite been reached In terms of dollars the gross national commerce departments measure of all goods and services las hit a record high rate of 500000000 a year or about 15 ier cent over the rate last New Years But much of the increase is he result of rising prices By most measurements 1947 vas a banner year for production he basic industry steel set a ieacetime record of about 84000 000 tons All time records were achieved in the manufacture of roughly 1200000 trucks 3000000 vacuum cleaners 3500000 wash ing machines 4400000 stoves and some worth of farm equipment Employment topped the sought after 60000000 jobs and accord ing to the United States employ ment service may go higher in 1948 As 1947 closed joblessness was at a postwar low of 1600000 Dr Nourse emphasized that the country is far from out of the inflationary woods Were not yet at a point where we can see that were arriving at a stable level of prices he said If there should be a short crop season wed really have some thing to worry about But aside from the weather Im inclined to be optimistic Building Construction Costs Not Likely to Rise Predicts Official Washington ma terials will be more plentiful and construction costs are not likely to rise next year J W Follin assistant federal work agency ad ministrator said Friday He predicted that new construc tion would be 6 to 9 per cent above this year for a total of 313700 000000 Follin forecast a moder ate increase in home building and a 20 to 25 per cent jump in public construction Federallyfinanced work will fall behind state and local work he said State and local projects will go up as much as 5 per cent for a total of 52345000000 and federal works up to 20 per cent for a total of 81355000000 he predicted   

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