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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 31, 1948, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION imnrj VOL LTV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wlr Five Cents a Copyt MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MAY 31 1948 This Paper Consists of Two One One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor To the High School Graduate of 1948 IN my several talks to high school graduates this spring Ive been proceeding from a deep seated belief that the ultimate fate of our country and of our way of life rests pretty much in the hands of our oncoming citizens Ive mentioned the socalled cold war between Eussia and America and referred to the ob vious fact that the kremlin is stak ing its case on a belief that our democracy will fall of its own weight In any successful government there must be a measure of disci pline on the part of citizens Un der communism this is achieved by orders from above under de mocracy it must come from with in the individual citizen The contest between these 2 forms of government is one of ideologies and ideas It isnt one that can be settled by bullets or bombs That isnt the way a war of ideas is won As a mater of fact it would be possible to defeat Russia militarily and still lose this war of ideas The war irrespective of who won it would result in chaos and mis these are the very con ditions which breed communism Of Even More Importance While keeping our country strong in a military way is a mat ter about which we have no an absolute imper ative under existent it would be folly to place full re liance on this approach Equally even more important is that we make our form of government function successfully And this is a thing that can be accomplished in only one way Thats through good citizenship Good citizenship nationally is the sum of good citizenship in the individual And thats where these young men and young women be ing graduated from our high schools this year come into the picture A Matter Of Attitude In the making of good citizen ship in the individual nothing is quite so important as right attitude A right attitude toward ones self and ones future a right attitude toward ones fel low man toward ones country toward the world in which we live toward God There is an understandable anxiety on the part of our young people with respect to their im mediate future For one and this is quite young men are wondering wheth er and how soon theyre going to be affected by universal military training or selective service In the face of this uncertainty I grant that it isnt easy for them to lay their plans for college or for entering their lifework Many however are magnifying the problem beyond all reasonable proportions Theyre as Good as Ever Young men of other generations not been found wanting when the security of their nation was at stake Im not ready to be lieve that todays youth has de teriorated in this regard Nor is there any real basis for Floo Wipes Out Town in Oregon GlobeGarotte Photo THEY WERE the war they were 5 buddies Thats why Memorial day meant just a little more to these 4 than to some others They met to put on the grave of Marine Pvt Gene Kimball who died on Iwo Jima and was returned home to Mason City for burial Saturday From left to right the 4 at the grave are Joe Cook naan Ray Henley Don Ulen and Bud Quinley Cookman was with the 81st Infantry in the Philippines Henley and Ulen with the 69th Engineers in Korea and Quinley with the 3rd Combat Engineers in Japan when their service ended The 5 were last together in July 1944 on furlough doubting that the present today fou workers are any or challenging than they have been in the past Theres the case of the congress man who more than 100 years ago proposed abandoning the patent office on the theory that every thing that could be invented had been invented Down through the years he who has sold America short has been either set down as a fool or for gotten There is no good reason for believing that this rule attested to by history has been rescinded or amended Question Needs Changing For too many years within the lifespan of the parents of these 1948 graduates there has been resort on the part of many of us to this question What can I get from my government From this time on if our de mocracy is to survive that ques tion has got to be placed in re verse It must be replaced by this question What can I do for my government A good start was made toward that essential reversal during the war years Most of our people rose to the occasion and sought the path of selfless service But with the ending of the war weve lowered our sights It was never the purpose of government to support people CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Arabs Mass for Attack on Tel Aviv By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Arab armies maneuvered Mon day within 20 miles or less of Tel Aviv from 3 directions implying a threat to that seacoast seat of Israel An Iraqi diplomat in Cairo as serted his nations troops were but 3 miles from Tel Aviv There was neither confirmation or reason to believe the report The Jewish Irgun Zvai Leumi said however that Iraqi armored troops forced it back at Ras El Ain 9 miles northeast of Tel Aviv Lull in Battle The most significant develop ment was the lull in the violent battle of Latrun the midway point on the Tel AvivJerusalem road Both sides had committed thousands of troops to the fight last week while the TransJordan Arab legion was overwhelming old walled Jerusalem Arab sources said the Jews had been severely mauled and had withdrawn Jewish headquarters in Tel Aviv said nothing on that phase The United Nations for the 6th time tried for a cease fire in Pal estine This one seemed to have stronger dental work but there was little hope that it would be any more successful than the others The 7 attacking Aiab states and Israel were given un til 5 p m CST Tuesday to cease fire for 4 weeks during which peace efforts would be explored and arms shipments stopped to all combatants Count Folke Ber nadottc reached Haifa from Egypt in the role of a U N mediator Ask Russian Aid Irgun Zvai Leumi appealed to opportunities Russia for help the willing TransJordan troops moved pa less numerous trols to Hartov less than 20 miles southeast of Tel Aviv Hundreds of Arabs were re ported leaving Tunisia to join the Arab attack on Israel Weather Report Iowa Violent Deaths Soar to 9 on Memorial Weekend By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Violent deaths in Iowa since the long Memorial day weekend start ed Friday evening stood at 9 Mon were i result of traffic ac cidents The latest death reported was that of Mrs Sarah Hanson 72 of Ruthven in the collision of 2 cars at the entrance of Lost Island state park north of Ruthven Sunday 3 Die in Fire Three other persons Alvin Knicker 24 and his 2 daughters Karen 3 and Connie 1 died in a fire which gutted a 2 apartmcnt house at Evcrly early Sunday morning Two traffic deaths were reported was a Saturday night They were those time of Mrs Macie B Moore 29 of Dos Moines killed when she was struck by an auto in DCS Moines ns she was crossing the street and U S Deaths Soar Blank Czech Ballots Show Protest Vote Report 770701 Cast Ballots Against RedLed Government Prague ministry of interior said Monday 770701 Czechs cast blank ballots in Sun days parliamentary their means of showing opposition to the communistled goyernment The communist led national front only one entered 6429145 votes the ministry said There had been no doubt of the communist victory High Protest Vote The ministry said the total vote was 7199846 of a registration of 8005887 There was no announce ment of how many invalid ballots were cast A total of 806041 voters did not go to the polls or had their ballots declared invalid In some localities the protest ballots ran as high as 39 per cent Many districts returned votes for the government ticket from 9G to 100 per cent The figures for BohemiaMor avia total vote 5454301 national front 4929250 blanks 525051 Slovakia Total 1745545 na Relates Tragedy Sudden Wall of Water Hits Residents Without Warning SAME Ulack lac meiins irarric death la put boars tlic blaze occurred Mrs Knicker was at work at a local cafe at the tional front 215650 1499895 blanks FORECAST Iowa Fair north and partly cloudy south Monday varmer west portion Partly cloudy with no decided change in temperature Monday night and Tuesday High Monday 74 to 78 Low Monday night 46 to 52 IN MASON CITY weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum Minimum At 8 a rn Sunday Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum GlobeGazette CO 50 54 05 54 36 weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum 63 Minimum 42 At 8 a m Monday 62 Precipitation 11 YEAR AGO Maximum 67 Minimum 44 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nations holiday weekend traffic and other accidental deaths Monday had exceeded the National Safety Councils estimate long before the home wardbound rush of highway travel began The council pre dicted the total fatalities for the period at 225 but the toll had climbed to 244 shortly after midnight Monday with traffic mishaps accounting for 144 of the dead drownings 35 and miscellaneous accidents includ ing plane crashes 65 The traf fic deaths already were 32 more lhaii the council had predictor1 Clarence Harmsen 22 of Rock Rapids who died when the car in which he was riding skidded on wet pavement of Highway 9 near Larch wood and went off a curve Des Moines police charged El mer J Marlineau 28 of Des Moines with driving while intoxi cated in connection with Mrs Moores death Martineau pleaded innocent in municipal court and was released under bond Mrs Hanson was riding in a car driven by her son Harley The car was overturned and both Mrs Hanson and her son were thrown from the vehicle Hanson was not seriously injured North lowans Hurt Slightly hurt in the accident were Jeanette Moore and Ellen Roscoe both about 16 of Emmets burg who were riding in a car being driven by Donald Quam of Emmetsburg The girls were given medical treatment and dismissed Quam was uninjured The Quam car was the first of 3 vehicles of Emmetsburg young persons on their way to a picnic at the park In the 2nd vehicle was Jerry Jondahl a nephew of Mrs Hanson The fire nt Everly a town of about 500 near Spencer started early in the morning from an un known cause Firemen from Spen cer and Hartley were called to help battle the blaze The other apartment in the house occupied by the family of Town Marshal Charles Hophe also was destroyed The Hophe family was away from home at the time Probe Collapse of Bleacher Stand at College Commencement Rending Pa investi gation was started Monday into the collapse of a temporary bleacher rtand during Albright college commencement exercises here Four women were injured and 150 other persons hurled to the ground The stands collapsed backwards permitting most of the spectators to jump to safety when they heard the supporting timbers cracking The crash occurred shortly be fore Rep Walter H Judd R was to address the grad uates Judd a physician helped administer firstaid to tho injured until ambulances arrived The communist leaders solidly entrenched since the revolution they directed in February had declared beforehand the elections would show the will of the people and endorsement of the government Nationalize Industry Since the revolution the com munists have nationalized most of the Czech industry legislated new pension measures begun the division of land hold ings over 125 acresand enacted a democracy constitu tion Until the complete official vote is recorded and the proportional representation figures weighed the number of communist seats in parliament will not be known By GpRDON G MacNAB Vanport Ore little redhaired girl ran screaming down the street Wait wait wait for me patted her head and ran on in the direction of the break in the Vanport dike The street was jammed with cars and people all trying to get out of Vanport once Oregons 2nd largest city now a place where only death could be Here is the picture Denver avenue runs north from Portland toward the interstate bridge over the Columbia river Before it reaches the river it crosses a dike and immediately to the west is Vanport The Vanport dike sur rounds the housing project The break came on the western side the most distant from where I left Denver avenue and ran down the street past the redheaded child Theyre Crazy Water Wont Get Here1 No water was in sight I passed an apartment where a dozen peo ple lounged the men in shirtsleeves the day was bright and warm A woman said Theyre crazy the water wont get here In the street before her refugee cars were jammed to the bumpers and some people were moving along toward the dike that Denver avenue makes I ran west toward the break The crowd thinned Suddenly acres a little dip I saw the water It swept down the street in a wall maybe 2 feet high In front it broke over like waves at the beach only the water wasnt white as at the ocean It was a dull dirty color Across the dip I saw the water slap against a 16apartment build ing Three men were there In little more than an instant they wer hip deep Apartment Building Collapses There was a splintering sound sharp and loud The big apart ment building where 3 men had been began to swing around as if on a lopsided railroad turntable There was a crack and kindling began to break away on the front waves of water There was a shout from a middleaged man neatly dressed in blue struggling knee deep in water toward us He held the arm of an old lady Save my mother he cried I dont care what happens to me but save my mother I began to move past the packed cars Highpitched screams rose over the roar of car engines There was a hoarse cry Let the damn stuff go Get out The apartment where people had lolled a short time before was deserted its door standing open High Death Toll Feared in Disaster City of 187700 Hit by Sudden Wall of Water From Break in Levee Vanport Ore water ogged debris ot this warbuilt city was probed Monday for pos sible victims of a flood that des troyed the town of 18700 within minutes Officially there are no known dead 12 hours after a wall of water burst upon the dike guarded com munity on the south bank of the flooding Columbia river late Sun day But thousands of survivors Strike Stops Shipping Cleveland UR Shipping in Cleveland harbor was at a stand still Monday after union firemen walked off all tugs oC the Great Lakcs Towing Company Sunday in a dispute over working con ditions Only one ship the W A Rccse entered the harbor Sunday night and company officials said she would be unable to leave without tug assistance Several oilier ships canceled their trips here nfter learning of tho walkout I grabbed a little Negro girl Maybe she was three years old We ran as water splashed against my ankles The dike was only a hun dred yards and a thousand years ahead A woman ran beside me The girls mother I learned Then we were on the dike side and safe Building With 20 Hit I put the little girl down at the top of the dike The mother said Your family get out all right We did but everybody didnt she said Place next to us got hit before they knowed the dike broke They was anyhow 20 people in it People filled the top of the dike I looked back where we had come Water was running deep and Vanport residents had cut across on an angle through the slough toward Denver avenue Cars began to leave the street race through the slough toward the dike Most of them made it Some stalled and were left Everywhere there were children Some ran at their elders heels but most were in arms Avenue Is Debris Filled Lake I walked along the top of the dike toward Denver avenue It looked as though the big jam of people would make it Then I saw the water pouring in from the north making a 2way drive at the southeast corner where Denver and the south dike meet Buildings began to drift in Water inched up but slowed as it hit the Denver avenue fill Soon it was a quiet debrisfilled lake There were people still in some of the buildings that drifted in I walked along the pavement through the thousands of sightseers who jammed the place for miles past buses ready to evacuate the people and stepped aside for sirenscreaming ambulances police cars and the fire engines who told of then escape and res cue left doubt that the toll will mount rapidly when the splintered dwellings are cleared away Sheriff Martin T Pratt said that undoubtedly there are many bodies in 1he debris and under the water The search for victims went on under floodlights Sunday night and the probe of the submerged automobiles and dwellings went into full pace at dawn Hundreds are injured and in hospitals City Total Loss the 2nd largest city in Oregon in the wartime shipyard era a total loss Most of the victims are ex pected to be children The play yards of the town were crowded for Sunday afternoon games when the flood struck suddenly Many Disaster Area WASHED OUT is a section of inundated Vanport Ore city of 18700 population on the Columbia river which was wiped out late Sunday by a wall of water I Swimming To when a dike broke Washington President Truman Monday declared flood swept sections in the northwest a disaster area aaid ordered use of surplus war property for relief and rehabilitation The disaster order covers those parts of the states of Washington Oregon and Idaho in the valley of the Columbia river and its tributaries In addition to sur plus property in the hands of the war assets administration the order also permits distribu tion of large quantities of army and navy materials are sons and daughters of veterans living in the public housing pro ject and students at Vanport col lege centered in the town The anxiety of most of the adult sur vivors is for their offspring Dozens told of leaving children in upper floors of the believed in that later folded like tents when the flood impact struck the apart ments Others said children were torn from their grasp Their fate is unkown Monday The disaster struck the com munity in a flanking of flood waters from the swollen Columbia river The backwater and lake it formed had weakened a railroad embankment on the west edge of the city The river level had risen to 15 feet above the Vanport table like ground level Sunday morning The prearranged siren signal for the town folk was sounded But within minutes the gap had spread to 60 feet then 600 feet and a Gfoot wall of water swept into the city Ignored Warninjr Hundreds heard the warning signal but by earlier reports that they were in no emminent to ig nore the danger and scoffed as neighbors dashed for the high dikes surrounding the mile square area Monday the scene was a placid pool on which the frame apartment buildings floated shat tered walls and roofs and house hold goods drifted aimlessly The tragedy of the disaster was told by men and women who were sheltered Sunday night in schools and churches without knowing whether their children are among the living Survivors scattered in shelters throughout nearby Portland told of their harrowing escape of rac ing away from the wall of water or escap from cars stalled in a   

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