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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 28, 1949, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NIWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wives Five Cents a Copy One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor its Time to Speak Up for Democracy ONE day not long ago a crowd of 150 youths swooped on the Illinois state legislature denouncing and ridiculing the American way of life and loudly and proudly proclaiming We are communists They were from 2 college campuses the University of Chicago and Roosevelt college also in Chicago A member of the Illinois legis lature in reporting to me on the incident had this to say As I watched the antics of these juvenile termites as they took over Spiingfield blocked traffic insulted citizens and lit tered state house and other pub lic places with seditious litera ture I could not but wonder how youths favoring free enterprise would be treated if they attempted a demonstration in Moscow You know the answer The Gang Theyre Backing The answer of course is con tained in this recent report by Chief Justice George W Maxey of the Pennsylvania supreme court In 12 years of the communist rule in Russia there were exe cuted 28 bishops 1219 priests 6 000 teachers 9000 doctors 54000 officers 200000 soldiers 70000 policemen 12950 landowners 355250 intellectuals and profes sional men 193280 workers and 815000 peasants Some 15 million are in slave camps in Siberia In the face of such a record one may well ask Why is a com munist Undoubtedly many of these youngsters who descended on Springfield were mentally un balanced proper subjects for a psychiatrist if not an asylum But many not quite classifiable as mental cases are enamored of the Russian system Henry Wallace for example May be we arent doing quite good enough a job of selling our form of government in comparison communism or socialism or any other form of national rule Some Widespread Untruths Thousands and perhaps mil lions of Americans not yet ready by any means to march under the communist banner as these half baked collegians did over at Springfield have been taken in by such untruths as these The poor get poorer and the rich get richer A few wealthy families own the greater part of the wealth of the nation Most business concerns make unreasonably large profits Big corporations take advant age of their customers of their employes and of small businesses and should be drastically con trolled by government The owners of business get the larger share of the income pro duced the employes get the smaller share Corporations are owned by a handful of people in contrast to the millions of employes on the payrolls These are just plain unadulter ated falsehoods and anybody who entertains such notions just hasnt been truthfully informed Its Made America Great It isnt even debatable that the American system of government and economics has brought more to more people over a longer period of time than any other system ever conceived in the mind of man Let there be comparison with communism or socialism or fasc ism The facts are all in favor of our way of life Claims regarding the accomplishments and the ex pected accomplishments under so cialism or communism are glib promises There is no evidence in his tory or in the contemporary world scene that either commun ism or socialism ever eliminated poverty brought about equality of incomes improved the living conditions of the masses or in creased personal liberties Its an amazing paradox that some Americans accept these un supported indictments of our sys tem of government and economics at the very time when our over all wealth our productive power our standard of living our per sonal freedom are the envy of the people of every country in the world Who Would Imagine It Dr Virgil Jordan in his article Life or Death of the Free Econ omy had something pertinent to say about this paradox not long ago Who would imagine that such people meaning the Ameri emerging from these im mense achievements twice with in a generation saving the world from defeat by would be impelled as if driven by some profound inferiority complex to abandon the basic conditions and Ideas by which it did these things Who would imagine that such a people would wish to copy the pathetic example of the European and Asiatic peoples whose cre ative power has been destroyed hgr centuries of war struggles for CONTINUED ON PAGE V MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MARCH 28 1949 Thii Paper Consists of Two No 14S A WOUNDED IN GUN cheek bullet Patrolman Nicholas Maggio top rests his head on a pillow after he and Patrolman Ed Giannattasio bottom were wounded in connection with a New York liquor store holdup Another policeman was slain in the gun battle which resulted in the capture of Dominick San Antonio 22 held on 4 counts including homicide A spectator is using night stick to make tourniquet on wounded leg of Giannattasio 28 Dead 200 Injured in Wake of 8State Tornado Little Rock Ark does and lesser windstorms appar ently had subsided in the south Monday after leaving a 48 hour trail of death injury and destruc tion in 8 states Twentyeight persons were killed about 200 were injured and scores weremade homeless Prop erty damage was heavy but no one had attempted to estimate its total The storms struck mainly in sparsely populated rural areas They ranged from Texas on the southwest to Kentucky on the northeast In fury they varied from Arkansas where 17 persons died and 98 were injured to Lou isiana where one person was hurt Next to Arkansas the chief suf ferer was Mississippi where 8 were killed and 48 injured The total in other states dead 20 injured dead 26 injured injured injured injured In Washington the Red Cross estimated that at least 300 homes had been wrecked or damaged Oskaloosa Plant Destroyed by Fire Oskaloosa manufactur ing plant was destroyed in an early morning fire Monday with damage estimated at The blocklong building of the Ideal Manufacturing company plant here was burned inthe fire which started about 6 a m No one but the night watchman wai in the plant which employs 40 to 50 persons The estimate of damage was made by Plant Supt Bill Kind The company manufactures house hold items Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Increasing cloudiness Monday night High Monday 55 Rain or snow Monday night and Tuesday forenoon Low Monday night 32 High Tues day 40 Iowa Cloudy rain or snow north and west and rain southeast Monday night and Tuesday ex cept precipitation probably end ing Tuesday morning north west portion Somewhat colder east and south Tuesday Low Monday night 3035 northwest to 3742 southeast High Tues day around 40 northwest to 44 48 southeast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Monday Maximum 45 Minimum 30 At 8 a m Monday 37 Precipitation 01 YEAR AGO Maximum 37 Minimum 20 GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Sunday Maximum 43 Minimum 33 At 8 a m Sunday 34 Precipitation 65 YEAR AGO Maximum 68 Minimum 24 Approve Big Outlay for Power Units Washington house appropriations committee laid the groundwork Monday lor a public versusprivate power fight in a interior department money bill for the year beginning July 1 It approved almost in full plans of big governmentowned projects to expand their power transmis sion facilities in the west the northwest and the southwest Republicans who fought the program in committee said they would continue the battle when the bill comes before the house for debate probably Tuesday One of them Rep Jensen of Iowa top minority member of the subcommittee that wrote the bill called the legislation another step in the direction of govern ment control of all He said one effect wquld be to force some private companies to sell out to the government Girl 7 Drowns in Des Moiries River DCS Moines Pen nington 7 drowned Sunday night when she slipped Into the Des Moines river while playing under a bridge Three small companions stopped a car driven by Paul Canady 29 Ames Canady waded into the wa ter but was unable to find the girl Pier body was recovered by a fire department squad The drowning was the first in Des Moines this year Collision Fatal to Des Moines Man 57 Des Moines Wayne E Thomas 57 was killed and 6 others were injured in a collision of 2 cars here Sunday William Harvey 18 Des Moines was reported in serious condition at Iowa Methodist hospital with a fractured skull suffered in the crash The other injured Mrs Anna Mae Thomas 50 wife of the dead man I H Lattimer 57 who suf fered a broken leg and his wife who suffered head cuts and a pos sible pelvis injury Robert Crog han 19 and Don Henry 16 who were treated for minor injuries and released Mrs Thomas is a sister of Ed Keenan 110 Monroe S W Ma son City and a cousin of Thomas Keenan 1943 Carolina N E More than three fourths of the ties men buy are of the bold va riety despite the howls of pain over gifts frequently heard from men after Christmas SAME Black meani trams defttli 2i City Vote on Way to Record High Total of 1833 Compares With Heavy 45 Vote The vote in the municipal elec tion Monday was on the way to equalling the record of 4 yearsago The vote at the 8 Mason City pre cincts at 2 oclock was 1833 Mon day as compared with at the same lime on election day 1945 The vote by precincts was not exactly comparable because the line between the 1st and 2nd pre cincts of the 3rd and 4th wards has meanwhile been moved south to the Milwaukee railroad tracks The line between the 2nd and 4th wards also has been moved north ward a block in Wildwood addi tion Here is the comparison at 2 oclock IP1W 2P1W 1P2W 2P2W 1P3W 2P3W 1P4W 2P4W 1945 239 162 400 202 315 187 258 132 1949 201 171 357 168 418 140 314 64 The 8 polling places will be open until 8 p m They are located as follows 1st precinct 1st admin istration building 2nd precinct 1st 1st precinct 2nd 2nd precinct 2nd i n 1 c y school 1st precinct 3rd hull base ment 2nd precinct Sri ele mentary school 1st precinct 4th R Chev rolet garage 2nd precinct 4th school Except for the city treasurer Ross A Potter who is unopposed there is a contest for every office The present city administration is running under the banner of the Associated Citizens party while another slate is sponsored by the Independent Voters ticket There also are 2 independent candidates Here is the lineup For E Bruce AC and Mac Ryan For councilmen at large 2 to be Rheingans Miss Dorothy Dunn Ray Seney Jr and Ed Kelly For 1st ward ford W Lock AC and Clifford Doc Eslick For 2nd ward car L Jewell AC and C D Mose Squier For 3rd ward G Steffen AC and C E Oesch ger For 4th ward Lloyd L McGee the Rev Joel Dobbe IV and Bert Sharff For police R Dunn AC and Robert J Pattee Communist Dominated Confab Ends New York permanent committee of the communistdomi nated world peace conference meets Monday to plan methods of carrying out resolutions voted by delegates of 16 nations during the 3day meeting which ended Sun day Organized as a committee of the national council of the arts sci ences and professions which spon sored the conference the group gathered at the WaldorfAstoria hotel where 2500 delegates voted Sunday to work for peace to strengthen the United Nations and to defend free speech Some 18000 persons crowded into Madison Square garden Sun day night to witness the finale to the conference and to hear the noted composer Dmitri Shosta kovich one of Russias delegates play piano selections from his own 5th symphony Long Picket Lines The crowd filed through picket lines of 2000 Catholic and Jewish war veterans and other anticom munists Some 320 unifprmed po lice and detectives maintained or der When they left the arena the audience was sprayed with insec ticide by a woman who leaned from an upper story window near the garden entrance Cheer Red Fists Tenor of the meeting was set when the audience wildly cheered the raisedfist communist salute of one of the Russian delegates when he was introduced The audience who paid 60 cents to for admission heard bit ter denunciations of Winston Churchill President Truman the U S state department and the North Atlantic security pact Major in Hospital Wife Still Learning Dayton Ohio Maj Fred Hoklredge 31 was in Wright field hospital Monday with both his legs broken He was pinned against a wall as his wife Jane learning to drive attempted to park their car police were told Airmen Rescued as Flying Boat Sinks NO 100 AT W Koeneke 507 Vermont S E was the 100th voter in the 1st precinct of the 3rd ward when he entered the curtained voting machine at a m Monday Mrs Barney Sweeney one of the election judges is in charge of the machine The voting Monday was heavy during the early forenoon compared with other years In 1947 at the last municipal election there were only 442 votes cast Heaviest vote in the citys history was 5661 in 1945 Bcbich Faces Murder Charge Arraigned on First Degree Milwaukee Babich 19 as arraigned Monday on a first degree murder charge in the death of pretty 16yearold Patricia Birmingham sister of the girl ha married A preliminary hearing was set for April 12 The arraignment was rushed through district court in about 4 minutes before Judge Harvey L Neelen Dist Atty William Mc Cauley read the charge agaihst Babich Babich has confessed he shot Patricia and dropped her weighted body into a river Feb 10 because she was making wise cracks over the pregnancy of her sister Kathleen who married Babich 2 days before Patricias body was found Babich with a clean sport shirt on for the first time since his ar rest expressed no emotion as re porters and photographers milled about and the case proceeded His chief attorney Arthur Rich ter asked for an immediate pre liminary hearing The state asked for a continuance of 2 weeks Judge Neelen pointed out a maximun delay of 10 days was all that could be granted unless both sides agreed and he set the hear ing for April 12 Neelen refused Richters request for bail and Babich was led from the court room escorted by de tectives His wife was standing at the wall with her family She cried softly Milton and waved to him 2 Charged With Huge Conspiracy Omaha Nebr M Scherer 28 Pilger Nebr imple ment dealer charged on 11 counts of conspiracy and using the mails to defraud surrendered to federal authorities Monday anc was released on 32500 bond W E Brazda 40 Fremont Nebr businessman and former unsuccessful candidate for con gress surrendered late Friday on the same charges and was released on bond The indictments charged that Brazda and Scherer made out mortgages and notes on nonexist ent implements and rediscounted them with the Kansas City subsid iary of the First Bancredit Cor poration of St Paul Minn Loss to Bancreclit was 530466668 but most of it was covered by insur ance Nab Charles Cityan for Theft of Autos Charles here be lieve they have solved the mys tery of numerous stolen cars in this locality in recent weeks Marlin Edward Talbert 21 better known as Mike Talbert of Charles City admitted to Sheriff B F Atherton that he had taken 4 cars that had been reported stolen All have been recovered The sheriff said Talbert had taken 3 cars on the night of March 19 and 2 more last Friday night The sheriff said Monday he had filed a charge of driving without the owners consent against Tal bert Rain Snow Looming on Iowa Scene lowans got a preview of summer Monday as the mercury zoomed into the GOs and 70s across the the weatherman pre dicted cooler temperatures accom panied by rain and snow ior the rest of the week The forecast called for rain or snow north and west Monday night and Tuesday and rain southeast with precipitation prob ably ending Tuesday morning in the northwest It will turn colder Monday night with temperatures ranging from 30 to 35 northwest and 37 to 42 southeast Highs Tuesday will be 40 northwest and 44 to 48 south east The mercury was scheduled to stay in the 30s and 40s Tuesday night Wednesday and Thursday Rain or snow is predicted for the east and south portions Wednes day and Wednesday night Sundays high was 62 at Coun cil Bluffs and the low Sunday night 27 at Atlantic It was 52 degrees in Mason City at 2 p m The high Sunday was 45 and the low 30 Only 01 of an inch of rain was reported Sunday I To File Auto Theft Charges After Capture Davenport UR Auto theft charges were expected to be filed Monday against Howard Bates 21 Hannibal Mo who was captured Saturday night by state patrol men after a chase that ended in gunplay Patrolmen John Schnei der and Ralph Akers said they fired several shots into the air be fore hailing Bates in a field He had fled on foot when the officers started pursuit of his car near Buffalo Iowa Police said Bates admitted stealing the car here Rent Control Agreement is FinallyMade Washington UR Senate and house conferees agreed Monday on a compromise to guarantee land lords fair net operating income under the 15month rent control extension The decision was reached at a final 2hour session in which house conferees finally accepted a compromise wording of the provi sion by Senator Ralph E Flan ders Instead of insuring landlords a reasonable return as voted by the house it would promise land lords whatever increases are nec essaiy to guarantee them fair net operating income Senate conferees then dropped their fight to provide for 2 auto matic 5 per cent increases The measure now must be rati fied by both houses before it goes to the white house for President Trumans signature Present rent controls run out at midnight Thursday Senator John J Sparkman D said th6 legally accepted definition of the word operating income means that amortization and interest must be excluded from calculation of a fair return That point had kept the conferees deadlocked over the weekend Before putting a final okay on the compromise the conferees also rubbed out wording which some felt left a loophole for the hous ing expediter to disregard home rule decisions by towns and cit ies to lift rent controls with their governors approval Supreme Court to Review Case of CIO Official Washington supreme court Monday agreed to review the perjury conviction of Harold Christoffel former CIO official accused of lying when he told a house committee he never had been a communist The court granted Christoffel a hearing on his appeal from 2 low er federal courts Christoffel for merly was president of local 248 United Auto Workers at the Allis Chalmers plant in Milwaukee The union oustedhim He was indicted in the U S dis trict court here on the basis of testimony before the house labor committee March 1 1947 Violence Marks Cleveland Strike Cleveland Police tossed tear gas bombs into a fighting throng of pickets and nonstrikers at Fawick Airflex company Mon day in the most violent skirmish of a 21day strike Ten mounted patrolmen 25 dep uty sheriffs and 6 patrolmen joined the engagement between about 150 pickets and some 50 workers trying to get into the plant The strike by local 735 of the ClOUnited Electrical Workers started at Fawick March 7 after the firm withdrew recognition be cause leaders failed to sign non communist affidavits required by the TaftHartley law AP Wirophoto SPECIAL Patti driver of this mail truck escaped with minor injuries Sunday night when his truck was battered and jammed between an elevated train left and a cleaning establishment in Chicago The truck and train collided at a street level crossing and 45 train passengers were shaken up Patti told police the crossing gates were up when he drove across the tracks Survivors Had Drifted for Hours Engine Failure Forced Plane Down 650 Miles Southwest of Johnston Honolulu rescue ship Monday saved 11 navy men who drifted in the Pacific for hours after their Catalina flying boat was forced down The freighter Grainger one of 2 ships that raced to the sinking plane radioed Pearl Harbor at a m that the landing ship LSM448 had taken all the sur vivors aboard There was no im mediate word of their condition Engine Failed The flying boat enroute from Kwajalein to Johnston Island was forced down some 650 miles south west of Johnston at p m Sunday after one engine failed The names of the crew were not released The LSM448 under command of Lt Floyd McDaniel Furr of Rock Hill S Car was the first surface vessel to reach the nearly 7 hours after its radio op erator overheard a message ask ing all ships speed to the rescue of the stricken plane The Grainger arrived about 2 hours later Raft Smashed One of the 2 rescue planes at he scene was a B17 Flying For tress which earlier had parachuted a life raft to the Catalina The raft was smashed when it hit the water However the flying boat was believed to have life rafts of its own The Catalina which was en rpute to San Diego for decommis sioning first reported it was in difficutly at p m Sunday The pilot radioed then that one engine had failed The navy relayed distress sig nals to ship1 in the vicinity Two Flying Fortresses from Johnston 11 Privateer patrol bombers from Oahu one flying boat from Mid way and 2 flying boats from Oahu were ordered to the scene The navy listed the 11 men aboard the Catalina as Lt Cmdr W C Hartman Alta dena Cal Ens R D Osborn Pana 111 Aviation Radioman H D Williams Little Rock Cal Chief Aviation Machinist Robert Brook Rosehill N Car Aviation Machinists Mate W G Baumann Battle Creek Iowa Aviation Ma chinist Leroy Way Portland Ore Aviation Radioman R J Haas Seattle Wash Aviation Radio man P M Conley St Louis Mo Ordnanceman W V Webb Hugo Okla Boatswain Frank F Dio guard hometown and Seaman Henry O Davis hometown Davis and Dioguard were pas sengers The other 9 were a ferry crew formerly attached to Kane ohe naval air station on Oahu Island They had picked up the plane in Kwajalein and were flying it to their new station at San Diego Cal Johnson Sworn in as Defense Head Washington Johnson was sworn in Monday as secretary of defense in the most elaborate installation of a cabinet officer the capital has ever seen Johnson a 58yearold Clarks burg W Va attorney succeeded James V Forrestal a New York banker Forrestal had held the of fice since it was created by pass age of the armed services unifica tion act in June 1947 The oath of office as adminis tered by Chief Justice Fred W Vinson before a crowd estimated at about 15000 In the audience were members of the cabinet including Attorney General Clark Secretary of the Treasury Snyder Secretary of In terior Krug There also was a large delegation from the Ameri can Legion which Johnson at one time headed Joan Crawford Reports Home Burglary Los Angeles Cal Joan Crawford Monday reported a burglary of her Brentwood home The movie actress told police the intruder or intruders cut through a screen of a 2nd story bathroom window to rifle her dressing room of in jewelry and in cash She discovered the loss upon turning from a trip to Palm Springs  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