Mason City Globe Gazette, December 31, 1947

Mason City Globe Gazette

December 31, 1947

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 31, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL UV MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 31 1947 This Paper Consists of Two Out HOME EDITION nuiir in No 70 ANDERSON FOR MARKET LIST HALT MOLOTOV PUTS BIG 4 FAILURE BLAME ON U S Says Only Russian Efforts Kept Parley From Being Fruitless Moscow blame for the collapse of the recent London foreign ministers conference was charged to the United States Wednesday by Soviet Foreign Minister VM Molotov who de clared that only the Russian dele gations efforts kept it from being entirely fruitless In a long 3part statement pub lished in the Russian press and broadcast by the Moscow radio the Russian foreign minister de clared that the reasons for failure to arrive at an agreement on a German peace treaty were not ac cidental They reflect he said two different approaches to the Ger man problem He repeated the charges he made at theBig Four conference in London which broke up Dec 15 after 17 sessions without agree ment Molotov declared that plots were afoot to make Germany or at least the western part of it the object of a certain American plan in Europe Germany he continued is being promised billions of dollars in the guise of economic restora tion American senators and all kinds of other American business men who are bossing the western zones and helping big business bore deeper into the industry and banks of western Germany are passing judgment on and decid ing the affairs of Germany It now also is known that ac tual power in the AngloAmerican zones is being1 transferred from united AngloAmerican organs directly to Americans who have accumulated more dollars Molotov said assertions that lutiondf question wants SlOjOOOOOOiOOO difficult because of lack of information from the Soviet zone are of course baseless He charged that the American delegation undertook to disrupt the entire work of the London conference because for some reason the United States was anxious to delay settlement of Germanys future Secretary of State George C Marshall in a broadcast report to the United States on Dec 19 blamed Molotov for the failure of the London conference asserting that the Russians displayed no apparent will to reach a settle PROBE SHOOTING ATSCHOOLHOUSE Bullets Barely Miss Youth in Building Maquoketa 22 cali ber bullets were shot into a rural schoolhouse in the Bernard Iowa community Tuesday and one bul let barely missed a small boy Sheriff Lorin Felderman of Jack son county said Wednesday Eight pupils and their teacher Mrs Prank Fah were in the schoolhouse of district No 1 Washington township Jones coun ty when the shooting occurred One bullet was imbedded in a wall and another gassed through the building and out the back door Felderman said Peace officers from Jackson Jones and Dubuque counties and highway patrolmen in the area were called to the area to investi gate the shooting and join the search for a missing 4yearold boy Ray McMann school director said the shots were believed to have come from a passing car Laurence Curtis son of Mr and Mrs Mike Curtis was missing from his home for 4 hours Tues day afternoon and neighbors feared there might be some con nection with the shooting at the school 6 miles from the Curtis home Little Laurence however later walked into the yard of a farm home 4 miles from his home lowan Killed When Hit by Automobile Center Point Gil bert Murphy 22 of CentePoint was killed early Wednesday morn ing when struck by a car while walking along Highway 150 here The car was driven by Walter Wooldridgc 34 of near Center Point Wooldridge said he was blindec by the lights of an oncoming car and did not see Murphy in time o avoid hitting him 4 Convicts in Prison Break Still Missing Canon City Colo posse of national guardsmen and peace officers Wednesday killed one convict and wounded another who had joined 10 other criminals in a wild break for freedom from the Colorado state penitentiary Tues day night The slaying of the fugitive raised to 2 the number killed in he manhunt In all 6 were cap ured after gun battles and 3 of hem were wounded Four of the 12 who participated in the break still were at large The man killed Wednesday was denified by Warden Roy Best as Orville Turpley 54 convicted murdering a deputy sheriff Frank Heilman 26 a kidnaper was wounded John Klinger 43 a onetime robber was killed several hours after the break One of the 5 captured convicts was apprehended through the courage of Mrs Lawrence Oliver a ranchers wife who bashed him on the head with a hammer One group of prisoners was iolding a 17yearold farm boy as a hostage Two of the recaptured prisoners were wounded while prison guards A guard and a rancher were wounded by the convicts who terrorized 2 farm lomes during the night R L Freeman 23yearold con victed robber from Fueblo Colo was shot in the leg and captured south of here early Wednesday by a posse which tracked him through deepsnow A raging mountain blizzard aid ed the convicts when they made their break Tuesday night The band of escapees consisted of murderers habitual criminals robbers and a kidnaper The 12 prisoners made their break for freedom just after the supper hour at about 6 p m ac cording to Waiden Hoy E Best They overpowered 5 guards and used them as sfiields against pos sible gunfire during their escape All of the guards were released or fought themselves free of the con victs during the night The prisoners were armed he said with a shotgun they had im provised hi their cells from a piece of lead pipe They also had pieces of metal torn from their bunks The men moved toward the north gate overpowering the guards as they ran and crawled through the prison yard A tower guard withheld his fire for fear of hitting one of the guards who were held as shields He set off the prison alarm system Before other guards could reach the section the convicts forced the gateand made their way to the outside where they separated into small groups One group stole a laundry truck The others fled in at least 2 stolen automobiles All but one of the guards Win ston R Williams were released as the men fled in the snowy darkness Demise of Fly on Cue Ball Wins Liars Title Burlington Wis stratos pheric story about the demise of a iy in an Oklahoma pool room Wednesday won for a Texan the title of champion liar an nually bestowed by the Burling on Liars club John Hopley of San Antonio Tex told the harrowing story about the last minutes of the fly It happened in Dude McCooks pool room at Enid Okla as Hop ley and his friend Charley Skor pea were playing for the cham pionship of Boggy Creek Bottoms Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday continued cold Low Wednesday night near 5 below High Thurs day 10 to 15 Iowa Fair quite cold north and west Cloudy and colder south east portion Wednesday night Possible light freezing drizzle or rain extreme southeast portion Wednesday night Thursday partly cloudy and continued cold Low Wednesday night 5 below in snow covered areas north 510 elsewhere High Thursday 12 to 18 Minnesota Clear and continued quite cold Wednesday night Thursday increasing cloudiness rising temperatures west por tion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 25 Minimum 3 At 8 a m Wednesday 3 YEAR AGO Maximum 10 Minimum 18 according to Hopley With Skor pea about to shoot a fly landed atop the 8ball and Charley said Im going to kill that fly Time stood still Hopley re lated while the boys booked bets on whether he would or not The fly also stood pat Everybody in the house expected Charley to loft the cue ball so it would light on top of the insect and exterminate it When they got all their bets made Charley chalked his a 47ounce solid oak Brunswick knocked the 8ball out from under that fly so fast that it fell on the table and broke its back Hopley was declared the winner n a close 4way finish He suc ceeds to the champion liar title tow held by Atanagio Garza also of San Antonio who won last year with a tale about a fish that fought so hard it worked up a sweat Other finalists included C E Woodruff Napa Cal who old of cutting a huge pine tree in Michigan about 1900 The tree wouldnt fall so Woodruff gave up Last year back in Michigan Woodruff found the pine still was standing but the stump had rotted away 0 M Hagen Fairmont Minn who related how a deer walked safely past a stand of hunters be cause it bore a sign advising nim rods Dont shoot I have enough points for a discharge The deer Hagen pointed out was a buck private And Bill Powell of the Fair mont W Va Elks club who ad vised that Booth creek a 20foot wide stream near his home is filled with bass and sunfish so large that they cannot turn around in the creek They are forced to go to an old overshot waterwheel used to run a mill where they go around the wheel and change di rections AP Wirephoto CAUGHT BY FARM Werner Schwarz miller is searched by guards after a Colorado farm woman hit him with a hammer when he entered her home Mrs Laurence Oliver said she bided her time slugged him with a hammer and her husband and a hostage guard subdued him The convict who escaped in the mass prison break at Canon City Colo held Mr Oliver at gunpoint for 7 hours New Plan Will Continue U S Aid to Iowa Health Bureau SAME Bliek flu menu tnfllo 4eath In put it hoira Program Calls for Revision of Salaries Job Classifications Des Moines state of Iowa has submitted to federal of ficials a 3point plan which state authorities say will result in con tinued federal aid to the state health department Gov Robert D Blue and At torney General Robert L Larson told a news conference Wednes day the plan had been approved by XJ S public health service dis trict officials at Kansas City The district officials the governor and attorney general added have rec ommended final approval of the plan Dr Estelle Warner chief of the public health service staff rela tions division announced at Wash ington Wednesday that federal funds for the state health depart ment would not be cut off Thurs day as previously threatened The federal government had said about a year in federal aid to the health department would be cut off effective Thursday unless merit system regulations were fol lowed Blue and Larson said the new state plan called for 1 A complete revision of the merit system plan of job classifi cations and salaries 2 Bringing up to date personnel records which had not been kept according to federal requirements for the last 7 or 8 years 3 Clarification and excluding of licensing division in the health department from merit system regulations The health department never has been in complete compliance with federal regulations Gover nor Blue said although other de partments have The governor related that sev eral weeks ago after the federal governments threat to withdraw its aid he asked Larson to check up on the problem in the health department As a result of the check the governor continued it was found that for some reason which is not clear the health department had not been keeping records accord ing to federal requirements for the last 7 or 8 years It also is true that the state health department vas not always fixing salaries in accordance with the merit council schedule Many salaries were above the schedule Part of the complaint from the federal government came as the result of paying more than the schedule called for in starting sal aries In other words the depart ment was paying above rather than at the schedule Governor Blue said MISSING HUBBY IS FOUND DEAD Mason Cityan Identifies Body of Man in Chicago Chicago Minnie Gil bert of Mason City Iowa Wed nesday planned burial services here for her husband David 66 whose body she identified Tues day after she had not seen him for 25 years and had believed him dead Mrs Gilbert came here Tuesday after she received a telegram from Chicago officials asking her to come here Gilbert died in the Cook county hospital Dec 26 after an illness of about 6 weeks Gilbert told authorities he had lived in Wisconsin for a time and before his illness had been em ployed as a car sweeper by rail roads here In 1922 Gilbert was a prosper ous farmer near Swea City Iowa He took a load of cattle to Chicago and never returned It was found he had marketed the cattle and deposited all but of the money in an Iowa bank He was declared legally dead in 1930 Draws Wrong Straw Man Loses His Life Garfield Utah J Johnson Jr 25 drew the wrong straw in a friendly gamble with a fellow workman and was killed while carrying out the duty the loss entailed police reported Wed nesday Officers told this story Johnson and David E Adams 28 were working in a smelter here A call came for one of them to leave the shop for a task else where They drew straws Johnson lost and left the shop A slowlymov ing switch engine struck and killed him as he walked across the tracks i Hagana Hits Jewish Attack Against Arabs Jerusalem Jewish underground army Hagana issued a statement WeSnesday condemn ing the attack on Arab oil refin ery workers in Haifa as mad ness and attributing it to Jew ish dissidents The attack touched oft the most murderous battling yet seen in the Holy Lands monthold war with 41 Jews slain for the death of 6 Arabs killed by barrel bombs dumped foTi a speeding taxi Fear of similar outbreaks caused a strike by 500 Arab and Jewish workers in the Jerusalem general postoffice shutting off all telephone and telegraph commu nications with the outside world Government and press messages however were transmitted by the British army radiocable system Haganas statement lashed at the Haifa attack as a mad deed by Jewish dissidents which in no way justified the murder of len Jew workers in the refineries The Hagana statement alleged that the Jewish people sought peace so they could work undis turbed in all parts of Palestine It insisted that Hagana would continue its policy of Aggressive defense despite the casualties The murderous deeds by Jew ish dissidents against Arab work ers at the refineries which are a vital economic center where Arabs and Jews work together are an act of said WARN NATIONS TO STAY AWAY FROMENIWETOK U S Says Hazards Will Exist in Atom Area Throughout Next Year Washington United Slates put all nations on notice Wednesday to keep their ships planes and people out of the Eniwetok atomic weapons testing area starting one month from now The state department was busy relaying to embassies and lega tions a formal warning from the atomic energy commission In something of an understatement that notice said hazards will exist in a 39000square mile area surrounding the Pacific atoll be ginning Jan 31 and throughout the calendar year 1948 The total area is roughly half that set aside for the Bikini atom bomb experiments 1946 How ever the commissions announce ment said that if necessary warnings of any hazards outside the designated danger area will be given in the event that such dangers are created by activities conducted within the danger area This was taken to mean that the 39000square mile area is a basic zone to be expanded temporarily as tests are conducted Winds and currents which might carry radio active clouds or water generally move westward from the Marshall islands through most of the year At the state department it was explained that while individual countries were being warned ol the danger area there was no need for a similar notice to the United Nations The U N was notified of this countrys intention to create a re stricted zone around the Eniwetok area a month agowhen the United States publicly disclosed selection of the atoll for its atomic proving grounds site While atomic energy commis sion officials described the latest notice as simply a safety measure it nevertheless will serve to advise all countries how close any curious observer might approach to the highly secret cluster cora islands where the United States will try out new atomic weapons madness the statement That is the way the dissidents interfere with Hagana and con fuse people without at the same time arranging and for self defense Plan RoundtheClock Guard on Art Exhibit Iowa City guards anc 5 alternates have been appointee to maintain a roundtheclock armed guard over the Metropolitan art exhibition sched uled to arrive in Iowa City Jan 5 School of Fine Arts Directoi Earl E Harper said Tuesday the guards had been named by the committee on guardianship anc protection and will be deputized by the Johnson county sheriff Nightclubs Expect New Years Slump New York weather and high prices across the nation combined Wednesday to keep nost folks at home to celebrate New Years Eve Night clubs ex pected the smallest crowds in 10 years Even the while house was hav ing its first hcarthside New Years party in 16 rears Times Square in New York where millions usually jam a 14 alock area to welcome the New Year when a huge lighted ball drops on the Times tower was slushy with snow Police antici pated the smallest number of celebrants in a decade The biggest and brassiest night clubs in the larger cities had plenty of reservations for the eve ning but smaller nileries were hard pressed to fill all their tables Prices at night clubs and eat ing places were about the same or higher than last year despite the slump in business The swanky Lord Tarleton hotel in Miami Beach Fla set a price of S100 a person to keep out the riffraff However some clubs even did away with cover charges in an attempt to lure more customers Package liquor stores in mosl states reported a booming busi ness as joymakers stocked up for home parties to avoid the high cost of public entertainment In Detroit Alcoholics Anonym ous staged 7 parties for 1700 members with soda pop for re freshments The Detroit street railways announced its buses would not leave routes to take intoxicated celebrators to their homes as has been the practice in previous years In Washington prices were higher in bars and night clubs Margaret Truman planned a danc ing party at the white house for 100 youngerset friends with non alcoholic punch to be served Los Angeles reported reserva tions at night clubs considerably off fromlastyear Contributing factor to reasons people stayed home were prices like that of the Coconut per person including tax Kansas City clubs and hotels reported below capacity crowds and expected the lightest spend ing in many years The most expensive spot to go in Chicago was the Cameo where would pay for pheasant and caviar Most other night clubs in the windy city expected good crowds although plenty of reser vations were available up to the last minute One son Buell lives in Casper Wyo and another son Nolan was killed in the war New Yorkers Face Beerless New Year New York cheerless prospect of a beerless New Years eve celebration burdened New Yorkers Wednesday Mayor William ODwyer has or dered all nonessential traffic banned from the citys snow clogged beer trucks were placed in the nonessential bracket At least 90 per cent of the citys taverns were reported out of beer Tuesday night SAYS REPORTS HURTING SMALL TIME HOLDERS Will Call for End When Everyone Is Satisfied No Trader Is Shielded Washington Secretary or Agriculture Anderson said Wed nesday he will recommend soon that the government cease pub lishing names of grain and other commodity traders Anderson told this to reporters at the white house after a call on President Truman Mr Truman at a news confer ence earlier had said he docs not think Brig Gen Wallace H Gra ham his personal physician did anythingwrong when Grahams broker speculated in wheat futures on his account Anderson said he would recom mend an end to publishing the names because of the heartaches being caused many innocent co modity holders by publication He said he would do it as soon as everybody is satisfied we are not trying to shield Speculation is not illegal but President Truman has spoken out against gambling in grain Anderson made it clear that he had not discussed his proposed recommendations with the presi dent Wednesday morning He quot ed to reporters from a letter he lad received from a small town doctor who had invested some savings in corn and later in col 011 losing money in both The letter from the doctor whose name was withheld closed with these words I am sorry I am not extrovert enough to take this in stride but ife does not hold the promise for me to try to live down this public stigma after losing the money My family will have my insur ance at least and they can move elsewhere My wife says I act like a man condemned but she doe not know it is only a reprieve until the day my name is pub lished You hold much potential hap piness or heartache in your hands Mr Secretary May God guide and have mercy on us both Anderson said he had had hun dreds of letters from people all over the lad invested small savings in commodities with no intention of doing wrong The accumulation of such in vestments he said had caused rises in prices and in making pub lic his list it had to cover traders as they were found GlobeGazette Photo THEIR DREAM COMES and Mrs Keith Loterbour and youngster look over their new home at 205 Tenn S E which they will move into soon The veteran and his family now residing at First S E had hoped to be in their dream house by Christmas They represent many other families of veterans dreaming of in the process of planning or building new homes Look inside for further news of building and pro gress in Mason City during 1947 US Set for Showdown on Greek State Washington United States laid the groundwork Wednesday for a showdown with Hussia and its satellites if they recognize the new guerrilla rump state in Greece Asserting that such action would be clearly contrary to the prin ciples of the United Nations char Undersecretary of State Lov ett implied that one counter move might be to supply the Greek army with more American equip ment Beyond this he left wide open the question of what new action this government might take to carry out its effort to help Greece resist foreign communist pressure But diplomatic authorities said that if the soviet bloc in the BaJ or without extended diplomatic recognition to the communist free state the U S might 1 Divert a larger share of the congress appropriated for Greek aid to military purposes The original intent was to split it equally between economic and military help but an additional already has been shift ed to supplying the Greek army with food other supplies and equipment 2 Increase the U S military mission now on the scene from its present strength of 90 officers and authorize a more active role than advising the Greek army staff 3 Ask congress for authority and funds to extend military aid beyond June 30 the present dead line Greece could look to the Marshall plan for European re covery for further economic as sistance 4 Seek active assistance from other nations through the United Nations If blocked by a soviet veto in the security council this conceivably might be done under article 51 of the charter conceding the right of self defense of any member state By the Greeks and Romans hats were much less worn than by modern Americans and Eur opeans ;