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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 8, 1948, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION Ulillf VOL LIV Associated Press and United Press Fult Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MARCH 1948 This Paper Consists of Two One No 128 One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor Recalling a Visit to Auld Ireland TTHE recent overthrow of the cle Valera government served to recall for me a week I spent in Eire during the war Except for a perverse head wind over the At lantic my stay would have been limited to a lew hours At sundown one October eve ning our giant Boeinsr Clipper lifted its wings above the River Shannon at Foynes and headed westward over the Atlantic into the gathering darkness Our party of of 22 Britons and 2 dined spent an evening at cards in the sizable lounge and retired to our commodious berths Next morning I peeked out of the port hole in my berth and looked upon what impressed me as being an unprecedented natural phenome non THE SUN WAS COMING UP IN THE so it seemed I THINK youve guessed what had actually happened The land I was gazing down upon was not New Poundland our sched uled destination It was Ireland We were back where we started on the River Shan non estuary Instead of subsiding duringthe night the wind from the west had risen during the night attaining hurricane proportions Our cruis ing speed had been reduced by the 100milesanlioiir wind to a scant 75 miles an hour which is regarded as creeping on a trans oceanic flight At the midway point over the Atlantic the ships officers had taken a measurement their fuel and calculated that wewouldnt have quite enough to get us to Bottwood N F WHILE we passengers slept our Clipper had turned around and headed back to Eire With benefit of the 100mile tail wind our speed on the return flight ap proximated 300 miles an hour At the time this was more than a little disappointing to me and my American colleague had counted on being back home at a periai timr ind notified our fam ilies accordingly Alt of a sudden we found our selves stranded in Ireland com pletely cut off from communica tions because of the restrictions imposed on Eire as a neutral na tion For this reason our enforced stay wasnt nearly as pleasant as it would have been under other conditions AS I look back on the experi ence however Tm extremely glad that it happened Otherwise 1 would have had to base my esti mate of those fine Irish people on much too fleeting a visit with them For a week or more our party made a hotel in Limerick our headquarters while we waited for that perverse westerly wind to subside The stay provided an op portunity to roam the country side and chat with the natives While I wouldnt feel qualified lo write a book about the Irish mind or anything like that I did feel at the end of my week among the friendly people of Eire that I had some slight understanding of their problems and how they were reacting xo those problems FOR one thing I came to under stand their attitude toward England and the reasons back of it My enlightenment on this point came as when in traveling along a highway we would see the ruins of a great building either ancient or contemporary That we can thank our Eng lish friends for my Irish native companion would explain The ancient ruins were from the days of Cromwell those more recent were from the 1916 trouble as the Irish put it WHAT I saw and heard during my time in Eire served to temper my criticism of the South Irish for remaining neutral in the war On the face of things the neu trality was so punctilious that dc Valera even felt constrained to transmit condolences to the government when Hitler came lo his inglorious end But this neutrality was a great deal more apparent than real Scores of thousands of Irish boys were in the allied armies as vol unteers and the average Irishman was fervently praying for an al lied victory rpHEN too when the United JStates set up a base for her troops in North Ireland the dc Valera government went through the motions of entering a protest This it was insisted was a breach of her neutrality And planes which crossed over Ireland as mine did en route to and from Bristol England had to have their windows painted over so that passengers couldnt look down upon neutral Eire We were told of the penalty for peeking Neutrality also forbade allied military personnel from setting foot on South Irish soil What this CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 I FAVOR BAN ON GOODS TO RUSS FINLANDAGREES TO NEGOTIATION WITH RUSSIANS Finns Want Conference on Proposed Treaty Conducted in Moscow Helsinki XP Finlands cabinet decided Monday to begin negotia tions with Soviet Russia a mem ber of the government reported Finland is sufigeslins that the talks be held in Moscow No deci sion was announced on the make up of the delegation that will go to the Russian capital to carry on negotiations for the treaty ol co operation sought by Prime Min ister Stalin The cabinet1 member who made available this information said he could not disclose whether Fin land is advising Stalin she is ready to negotiate toward a military pact as well as a friendship agreement This reserve likely was due to the desire not to reveal the con tents of President Juho Paasikivis letter to Stalin before the Russian lender receives it The cabinet met with Paasikivi for 90 minutes Monday In approving the negotiations the cabinet and president followed the guidance of Finlands G parlia mentary groups The majority of these favored conferring with the Russians One reason was that tho proposal originated with Prime Minister Stalin and had become a matter of prestige Another was that the Finns felt it is necessary at least lo meet the Russians to get a more detailed idea what they have in mind When Prime Minister Stalin suggested the talks in a letter to Paasikivi dated Feb 22 and dcliv eied just 14 days ago he said Rus sia would agree to meet either in Helsinki or Moscow Most Finns irigs here hut others prefer Mos Stalins proposal Tor a mutual assistance pact tike those Russia now has with Hungary and Ro mania has caused much concern Most Finns oppose any farreach ing military alliance with the U S S R The president alone must make the final decision on the question ot beginning the talks He asked the various parliamentary groups however for their opinion Any treaty that is concluded must be ratifir by parliament Sunday svunjTarrn men broke up a mass meeting protesting the proposed treaty Four or 5 iicn described by authorities as communists sud denly appeared and pushed the speaker aside They grabbed the microphone and announced that the meeting was organized by fas cists PLANE MISSING WITH 20 ABOARD Bomber on Flight From Spokane to Honolulu San Frncisc air force Superfortress bomber with 20 men aboard on a flight from Spokane to Honolulu has not been heard from since a m PST rescue operations said at a m A second plane also with 20 aboard was reported turning back lo San Francisco The civilian aeronautics admin istration control station said a message on the turnback was re ceived from others in the flight of 10 Superfortresses making the flight School Board Rejects New Wage Demands of Minneapolis Teachers Minneapolis board of education Monday rejected new wage demands by 1100 striking public school teachers Negotiators thus appeared as far as ever from ending a strike which for 14 days has kept 75000 stu dents and another 1300 nonunion teachers from their classrooms However a new settlement at tempt will be made Thursday when the full board of education may meet for the first time with negotiators representing the cen tral labor union and 2 strik ing locals of the AFL American Federation of Teachers lowan to Japan Des Moines Whit tinglon former OPA price execu tive for Iowa has announced he plans to leave March 30 for Japan where he will serve as deputy chief of price control He is native ot Fairficld Capture 3 Eldora Boys in Mason City Three 16 year old youths were back in the Iowa State Training School for Boys at Eldora Monday after their wild 4hour escapade late Saturday night ended in Ma son City where highway patrol men pumped 5 bullets through the stolen car they were driving and along with Mason City police cap tured the trio a short time later The youths are Thomas G Kasmusscn 508 Mas sachusetts N 12 Mason City William lackson Clarinda James Milligan Des Moines Highway Patrolmen Erv San ders and Howard Miller spotted the car at the south edge of Ma son City on highway 65 and turned around to give chase up Federal avenue They estimated the car was traveling at 60 miles an hour on the icy streets and turned right onto 7th S E then mncle a left turn onto Carolina S E where Rasmusscn who was driving thought one of the bullets from Millers gun had hit the gas tank He drove the car into a yard in the 300 block The 3 fled but patrolmen caught Jackson and Milligan 2 blocks away after a chase on foot through alleys and backyards Rasmusscn was picked up by Torn Cavanaugh Mason City po liceman at a local cafe soon after the first 2 were apprehended The youths torn authorities that they left the school after a movie about p m and stole a car in Eldora which they abandoned in Iowa Falls Here they took a 1938 Ford couch belonging to Wayne Surls Miller shot 5 times at the mov ing auto in Mason City hitting it each time The patrol car pulled alongside twice but the patrolmen said the youths refused to stop Rasmussen had been committed to Eldora on Feb 9 after he and 2 othpr youths wore uvrMvod in p bciif oi car iiitits HKIX anu uiu at New Hampton They were picked up Sunday Feb 8 by a highway patrolman near Taylor bridge on highway 18 east of Ma son City when the car they were driving skiddedout of control Jackson is in the school for a breaking and entering charge and Milligan for a previous car theft Sheriff Paul Hodgson of Eldora drove to Mason City to return the trio to the school url Knocked Down Shot Russian GlobeGazette Photo Patrolmen Howard Miller right and Erv Sanders left point to 2 of the 5 bullet holey Miller put with 5 shots into a carbeing driven in Mason City Saturday night by 3 youths who escaped from the Iowa Training School for Boys at Eldora The patrolmen gave chase at the south edge of Mason City and followed the car stolen at Iowa Falls to the 300 block on Carolina S E where the youths fled The patrolmen caught 2 of ihem after a chase on foot and the 3rd was picked up at a local cafe by Tom Cavanaugh Mason City policeman DC6 Planes Back in Service of Airlines Washington which own DCGs will begin returning them to servicenext week The fast 52passenger planes have been grounded since November 11 because ot 2 fires Changes have been made to in sure safety the manufacturer and the companies said in announcing plans to put the planes back in service Weatherman Says More Snow in Iowa DCS Moines were a few light snow flurries in eastern Iowa Monday and the weather bureau said a new snowfall would begin in southwest Iowa Tuesday pc A i 7 ivx p by Wednesday Rising temperatures are indi cated for Tuesday and Wednesday An expected haw failed to de velop over the weekend and tem peratures dropped to a stale low of 1 above zero at Atlantic early Tuesday The Iowa high Sunday was 33 above at Cedar Rapids The highway commission at Ames said that highways south of No 92 nrc practically normal No 92 runs from Council Bluffs east ward across the stale to a point just south of Muscatine North of 92 highways arc all open but pntchcs of packed snow and ice caused by blowing snow freezing to pavements cover about 40 to 50 per cent of the surfaces the commission said Driving is reasonably safe at m o derate speeds Seek Loan to Latin American Countries To wan Crushed in Wreck Murslmlltown Frank E Slockcr 32 ot La Porte City a switchman for the Great Western railroad was crushed to death Saturday when a box car on which he was riding was derailed VOTING LIGHT IN MASON CITY Go to Polls to Name School Board Members Balloting was light Monday in the 4 Mason City polling places as voters took p a r t in the annual school election At p in the total vote for the city was 65 Of this number of ballots cast 14 were in the first ward 26 in the 2nd 15 isi the 3rd and 10 in the 4th Mason City voters found one nominee on the ballot for each placed to be filled on the school board R F dough and Jay E Decker arc candidates lo succeed them selves for the 3 year term as school directors F J Olson who was appointed to succeed Russell Girton as school director is on the ballot to serve out the 1 remaining year ot this term Allan F Beck is candidate for rccleclion as school district treas urer Mason City voters were also helping to select a member of the county board of pducation from the northeast quarter of the county Two candidates Herman Hansen Plymouth and R V Wilkinson Hock Falls are seek ing the post Other candidates for tho county board arc Earl M Dean only nominee for member at large Leo Stork Clear Lake only nominee for northwest quarter Charles Hansen Rockwell only nominee from southeast quarter and H J Carr Swalcdalc Leonard Nielsen Thornton and G E Raccker IVlcs crvcy candidates in tho southwest district Voting machines arc being used Voting places will be open until 7 p m Mason City voting places arc 1st ward school administration build ing 2nd courthouse 3rd city hall and 4th S and R Chevrolet com pany Also Want Million To Prevent Disease AP Wlrcpholo CHENNAULT AND WIFE by his young Chinese wife Claire Chennatilt arrives at the Washington airport Monday to give testimony before the house foreign affairs committee on aid to China Wartime leader of the Fiying Tigers Chcnnanlt now operates a com mercial airline in China Ui i Washington The state de partment announced Monday it will ask congress soon to let the exportimport bank lend 000000 to Latin American coun tries The announcement was in a statement sent to the house for eign affairs committee It said the department also plans to request to prevent disease and unrest in the AmericanBritish zone in Trieste during the 15 month period be twoen Anril 1 1948 ami lunr TO 1949 The committee had asked what foreign aid programs were in tended other than the European aid and China aid plans already proposed The department listed these estimated authorizations and appropriations to be 1 An economic rehabilitation appropriation for Japan Korea and the Ryukyu islands The army is developing the plan the de partment said and the amount has not yet been finally de termined 2 Authority to extend financial aid lo the Trieste zone This will asked under the law providing for help to Italy France and Aus tria 3 The loan authorization for Latin America Tiic only con gressional action needed is an ex Lcnsion of the exportimport banks present lending authority 4 A interest free loan for the construction ot Unit ed Nations headquarters This is to be arranged by an agreement between the United States and the U N The loan would be re paid in 30 years 5InterAmerican military co operation The department said no figures aro available yet on how much will be asked to put into effect cooperation plans out lined in legislation already before the house Vienna young Ameri an soldier was knocked down by i Russian guard Monday and shot n the back while he lay prostrate he U S provost marshal an lounccd Eyewitnesses said an Austrian girl accompanying the soldier was forcibly from an inter national patrol by 40 bayonet viclding Russians who took her away The American was identified as Pfc Jack Grunden 18 ot Port and Ore attached to a military police battalion said in Vienna Authorities said he probably would Jose an arm but was ex pected to recover U S Provost Marshal Col Ber nard llurless said the incident was deliberately provoked by the Rus sians Without doubt the Russians are clearly at fault in this one Hnr less said Ernest Reed reporter for the army newspaper Stars and Stripes said he arrived from the nearby Bristol hotel and found Grunden lying unattended on the ground Elfriede Elias an Austrian girl who had been walking with Grun den and who fled when he was shot came back to tell an inter national by military police of all 4 occupying the Russian knocked down Grunden with his rifle butt and then shot him Reed said While she was telling her story 40 Russians armed with bayonets rushed to the scene and sur rounded the girl and the patrol Reed said he and several other Americans tried to stop the Rus sians but they were warned off by bayonet parrying We had to stand by and watch them take her away Reed said Hurless confirming the inci dent said as far as he knew Frau SENATORS VOTE EMBARGO MOVE IN FOREIGN AID Amendment Would Halt Scarce U S Items to Soviet Union Bloc Washington senate Monday unanimously approved i Marshall plan amendment aimed at cutting oft shipments of scarce U S industrial goods to Russia The amendment sponsored by Sen William F Knowland R was accepted by Senate President Arthur H Vandenberg and approved alter 1 Sen Kenneth McKellar D called on the United States to serve notice on Russia that one more soviet aggression in Europe HOLD HEARING ON UNIT PLANS Washington The nations 4 top defense officials were called together Monday to state the case for universal military training in the light of communist moves in Czechoslovakia and Finland The invitations to a closed door session were issued by Chairman Gurney RS Dak of the senate armed services committee to Secretary of Defense Forcstal secretary of the army Roynll Sec retary oC the Navy Sullivan and Secretary of the Air Force Sym ington Gurney said each probably would bring alone his chief advis crs Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and cold Monday night Increasing cloudiness and warmer Tuesday Low Monday night zero to 5 above High Tuesday near 26 Iowa General y fair Monday night Colder in east and cen tral portions Monday night Tuesday increasing cloudiness rising LempiiiaLurcs beginning southwest portion Tuesday afternoon overspread ing the west and south portions Tuesday night and remainder of slate on Wednesday Rising temperatures on Wednesday means war 2 Secretary of State George C Marshall made an unusual per sonal appeal to House Speaker Jo seph W Martin Jr for speedy congressional action on the Euro pean recovery program 3 Sen J William Fulbright withdrew his amendment to urge a United States of Western Europe Knowlands amendment would embargo all U S exports to Rus sia and her satellites of goods whose supply is inadequate to fill the needs of the ERP Knowland told reporters his measure would affect many products now shipped to Russia and which he said aro being used to build up the soviet military machine One exception provides that ex ports of scarce goods could be made Russia under authorization of the secretary of commerce in order to obtain such commodities as chrome and manganese needed here The senate also unanimously approved a 2nd Knowland amend ment to require that 50 per cent rope under ERPbe transported in American ships to the extent that U S flag vessels are available to haul the cargo at market prices Action on the Knowland amend ments came after McKellar an nounced he had reversed his opin ion on the Marshall plan and called on the United States to take the lead in defending Eu ropean nations still outside the iron curtain Sen J William Fulbright D yielding to requests from Senate President Arthur II Yaii dcnbcrg withdrew his amendment r ivr v kJlilLCb UA VTCakVllL Europe Arandcnbcrg and others have urged that such a move must originate in Europe itself rather than under U S pressure Martin said he hopes congres sional action on ERP can be com 2 American Women Are Killed in IndoChina Paris French communi que from Saigon announced Mon day the slaying of 2 American wo men employed at the U S consu jaie general in IndoChina The bodies of the women Jeanne R Skewes and Lydia Ruth found Sunday night in a dry river bed into which they had driven a jeep They had been shot to death The 2 bodies bore bullet wounds particularly in the head said the communique reported by the French agency Before withdrawing the at tackers had set fire to the car There has been no explanation of the reasons which led these 2 girls to such a distant spot un frequented by Europeans Mrs Skewos 32 was director of the U S information service in Saigon Miss James was secretary at tho consulate general West to northwest winds 15 to 20 miles per hour east portion and variable 8 to 10 miles per hour Monday afternoon becom ing southerly 12 to 15 miles pel hour west portion and variable 8 to 12 east portion Tuesday Temperatures Tuesday will range from morning lows of A above to afternoon highs ot 2G north and from 12 to 30 south On Wednesday from morning lows of 18 to afternoon highs of 30 north and from 25 to 38 south Minnesota Generally fair Monday night Colder east and extreme south portions Tuesday partly cloudy wanner south and west portions Shippers Forecast Zero north 10 above southwest southeast 15 above IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics 24 hour period ending at 8 for oclock Monday morning Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Snow YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Monday 18 t0 Trace 37 25 GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 3 oclock Sunday morning Maximum 29 Minimum l At 8 a m Sunday 3 Precipitation 3 Snowfall YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 3J inches 35 21 SAME MMM U 84 pleted by April 10 Previously he had set April 15 as the earliest possible date for final passage by both houses Meanwhile Sen Joseph H Ball said the world faces a Russian threat oil conquest equal to that of nazi Germany He said the Marshall plan alone cant halt it Ball told a reporter he will push for senate approval of an amend ment to the recovery plan calling for a western military alliance igninst world communism lOWATRAFFTC TOLL UP TO 64 2 Die in Anamosa Prison Truck Crash By ASSOCIATED PRESS 1948 motor vehicle death loll climbed to 64 Monday after a weekend which added 4 fatalities to the list One accident Sunday brought death to a reformatory guard and to a convict The guard died in the crash and the convict Floyd Albright 22 of Des Moines died Monday of his injuries The accident occurred as Hol lingsworth and 10 convicts of the Anamosa reformatory were going out to a prison farm to do the morning chores The truck in which they wera riding driven by Edwin Johnson of Menlp Iowa one of the con victs skidded on the icy road and went off a 15foot embankment Johnson was uninjured At Cedar Rapids Mrs Patrick A Frank 19 oC Cedar Rapids was killed Sunday when a car driven by her husband was in col lision with a Milwaukee freight train a quarter of a mile north of Covinglon on highway 74 Frank 20 suffered head injuries and a broken left arm Al p Munson 64 of Dubuque was killed Saturday when the car he was driving skidded on an icy curve on highway 1B1 6 miles south of Dubuque and collided with a semitrailer truck driven by Victor flopping jr Newtom   

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