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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 12, 1949, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THE HOME Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION Five Cents a Copy One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor Bringing Music to the Heart of America TN a recent issue of Colliers a writer named Stanley Frank was represented with a featured article on how distinguished music is being brought to the smaller communities of our country The story appeared under the head ing Geniuses Have It Tough Too The piece was of special inter est to me for the reason that for nearly 30 years I have had an active a the development of the plan which now in an almost spectacular way has acheived its goal through the medium of what has come to be called organized audiences The magazine writers approach to the subject has me more than a little puzzled Although all the facts presented by him argue strongly for the plan Mr Frank in those parts of his article ex pressing a personal opinion re veals an extremely critical atti tude Criticism Placed in Discount In a single paragraph in the early part of his piece he makes a statement which places in heavy discount all of the barbs and shafts he directs at those at the controls in this vast program of community concerts A generation ago there was a steady market for artists in only 25 cities concentrated along the Atlantic seaboard and around Chicago Today more than 1500 lu communities in every section of London the country regularly schedule series of concerts through the Co lumbia and the National Concert and Artists Corporation On the face of it therefore and by the writers own admission the plan is working It is bringing good music to hundreds of com munities which otherwise would go on with their appetite for good music unsatedi That most certain ly is an end to be desired Does End Justify Means The one remaining question therefore is whether the end jus tifies the means Its on this point that Mr Frank seems to take a dim view although he doesnt at any point in his story come right out and say that he favors aban donment of the plan Nor does he suggest analternative Here perhaps I should take time to explain what the organized audience plan is and how it came into being Boiled down to its es sence of course it is a music as sociation membership proposition under which the money necessary to finance a series of concerts is on hand before the musical artists are signed up It Used to Be Difficult In the days before this plan was born it was necessary for the community wanting a concert 10 deal with the manager qf the artist whose services were de sired More often in the practical working out of things it was the manager of the artist who made the contact with some local or ganization Sponsors ot the concert were required to make all the local ar rangements including the hiring of an auditorium advertising and selling the tickets It was on a 1 concert basis and the organization which went through all the trials and tribulations incident to stag ing a concert werent usually in a mood for a repeat performance In short the whole business was on a hitandmiss bguess and bgosh basis There was noth ing systematic or organized about it Some communities got their music through their individual good foituue But more of them did not When the Idea Was Born About a quarter of a century ago the idea was born that it xvouldnt be much harder to sell whole series of concerts than to sell a single concert This was the central principle in the old chau tauqua Ive always credited a re markable woman named Dema Harshbarger and Ward French present head of Community Con certs with being the authors of the idea To implement this approach to the matter a small core of per sons interested in music was con tacted in the individual com munity The next step was the formation of an association with memberships priced at a reason able figure usually a year plus tax At this point a programplan ning committee enters the picture for the selection of a series of concerts best designed to satis fy the varying tastes of the sev eral hundred members some def initely longhair in their prefer ences others inclining toward what might be described as the more melodic music Building the Program In this task the program com mittee has the consultative serv ice of a spokesman for one of the 2 large artist management com panies or booking agents if you prefer the term From an exten sive list of available attractions ranging from individual artists to symphony orchestras the program is built The goal of the planners o course is a wellrounded program including if the available funds CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JUNE 13 1949 This Paper Consists oi Two One No Zll AP Wivcphoto HUMPHREY WHITNEY Hubert Humph rey of Minnesota left listens to A L Whitney president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers at a confer ence of democrats from 16 states in Des Moines Sunday The conference heard both Humphrey and Whitney attack the TaftHartley law Asks Farm Plan Support Bran nan Speaks at Demo Conference in Des Moines Des Moines of Agriculture Charles F Brannan called Monday for public support of Truman admin istration farm policies to help prevent the greatest economic crash in history Americas farm productive power he said is like atomic can be used for either good or bad But the nation need not this power the cabinet officer said if it supports the democratic party That party he added has been the only one in history to support effective farm programs aimed at serving the whole coun Tom Clark Back in Capital for Conference on Condon Washington General Tom C Clark re turned here hurriedly Monday for conferences which may lead to a showdown between the FBI and Dr Edward U Condon The attorney general cut short his stay at the demo cratic partys farm parley in Des Moines Iowa because of what he called urgent business relating to developments in o a court case Though he did not identify case it was understood from other sources that the ruckus between FBI Chief J Edgar Hoover and Dr Condon brought him back to the capital The FBI is the investi gative branch of Clarks justice deparment From Coplon Case The HooverCondon contro versy is an outgrowth of the Ju dith Coplon spy trial which enters its 8th week here Monday with the prosecution ready to rest its case by nightfall Condon director of the National Bureau of Standards has twice demanded that Hoover apologize to Mrs Condon for references to her in an FBI report made public at the Coplon trial Hoover has re fused to comment Meanwhile there were these other developments in the trial of the former justic department an alyst who is accused of stealing government secrets for Russia 1 Defense Attorney Archibald Palmer said he plans to subpena both Dr Condon and his wife to show that its a bunch of non sense about Russia stealing the atom like these spy charges against Judith Coplon arc a bunch of nonsense Wants Explanation 2 Rep Richard M Nixon R Cal a member of the house un American activities committee called on Clark to explain who made the decision to proceed with the Coplon case even at the cost of baring FBI secret files 3 The justice department does not vouch for the accuracy of the sensational data made public from FBI files during the past week according to authoritative sources These sources said the depart ment apparently has discounted much of the information al hough how much they refused to ay Des Moines Feels Pinch in Bus Strike Des Moines first se vere pinch of the bus and street car strike was being felt here Monday The 60000 persons who daily ride the facilities of the Des Moines Railway Co to work in this city of con fronted with the question Monday of how to get there The 587 members of local 441 Amalgamated Association of Street Electric Railway and Motor Coach Employes AFL went on strike at midnight Saturday The union represents bus and streetcar operators maintenance workers and power plant employes Pickets quietly paced back and fourth at the companys barns garages and power plant The union local went on strike despite notification by the International union that the strike was illegal A last minute effort by Governor William S Beardsley to settle the dispute failed Company President C W Gil ford said in a statement Sunday night that the strike violated the unions contract and made it void He added that the company was willing to arbitrate all mat ters of dispute with the union if and when service is resumed try Brannan made this bid for con tinued support of his party in a speech prepared for a 2day mid western democratic conference to lay plans for 1950 congressional campaigns in a 16state farm belt area that contributed heavily to Mr Trumans victory last year He offered a new farm plan advanced by himself before con gress recently as the best means proposed yet for preventing a farmfed and farmled depres sion which he added could des troy democracy Inadequate Protection The secretary described as in adequate the socalled Aiken longrange farm law passed by the republican 80th congress and scheduled to go into effect in 1950 He said it would not offer enough income protection to prevent a farm depression Meantime Democratic National Chairman J Howard McGrath drew cheers when he said in a speech to the conference that con gress should extend present farm programs another year if it does not see fit to pass the Brannan plan Like Brannan McGrath called the Aiken plan inade quate In brief the Brannan plan would guarantee farmers higher returns than would the Aiken law It would depend more heavily however on government subsidies to producers It features lower prices for perishable pecially meats dairy and poultry the government paying farmers a subsidy covering the difference when those prices fell below a level deemed fair to them Brannan stressed the danger of a new depression adding that democrats were in power to pre vent one End Talks on Berlins Rail Strike Berlin The 4 occupation powers ended allGermany trade and transport talks late Monday with no indication of an agree ment Representatives i m in e d i ately sent separate reports to the coun cil of foreign ministers in Paris There was every indication the Russians had refused to yield on several major points As a result the question of re viving eastwest trade in Germany and reuniting the divided city oJ Berlin fell back into the laps of the big 4 at Paris There was hope that the 24 day old rail strike might come to an end soon perhaps Wednesday de spite the fact that top German union leaders rebuffed an Ameri can appeal for an immediate enc to the transportjamming stop page The issue will be put before the rank and file of the union in a referendum Tuesday AP Wlrephoto LAST shift workers at the Buckeye Coal Co mi ne at Nemacolin Pa pause to read the latest headlines about a coal stabilizing walkout as they leave work early Sunday They were the last shift before the mine closed for one week Gives Warning Our great productive power Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clear and cool Mon day night with low about 55 Partly cloudy and warmer Tuesday with high about 80 Iowa Generally fair and cooler Monday night Tuesday partly cloudy with scattered thunder showers and somewhat warmer west portion Low Monday night 55 northwest 62 south east Minnesota Fair Monday night cooler south and eastcentral portions and slightly warmer northwest Tuesday partly cloudy and warmer with scat tered showers southwest IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Mon day Maximum 89 Minimum 64 At 8 a m Monday 64 Precipitation 27 YEAR AGO Maximum 72 Minimum 48 GlobeGazette weather statis tics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Sunday Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Sunday Rain Sunday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Woman Struck by Driverless Auto Ottumwa woman was injured seriously when a driver less car backed across a street and struck 7 persons at the Ottumwa swimming pool Sunday night She was Mrs Cathryn Croft of Ottumwa Hospital attaches said both her legs were fractured and her chest was crushed Edwin Manley 19 Albia told authorities he was cranking his old model car when the engine caught and the car began running backwards The car crossed a street and hit a group of people standing near a refreshment stand The 6 other persons were injured only slightly and were re leased after treatment makes possible the biggest sur pluses the most colossal waste and the greatest economic crash the world has ever seen he said If we allow depression if we allow abundance to become a curse we open wide the door to the foreign and native who stand ready to proclaim the end of the great American experi ment of democracy Brannan asked for suggestions for improving his program in the interest of a farm program which means for all the people a fair deal committee For himself 2 Iowa Boys Will Go to Washington Des Moiues boys were named Sunday to represent Iowa at the Boys National Forum in Washington D C next month They are Norman Cohn of Wat erloo governor of Hawkeye Boys State and Ray Allen Brinker of Jefferson Boys State speaker of the house Cohn and Brinker were selected at the final session of the Boys State program at Camp Dodge Robert W Smith an American Legion member from Clinton will accompany them to Washington FORMER SHERIFF DIES Dubuque J Ryd er 55 former sheriff of Dubuque county died unexpectedly at his home here Sunday He served as sheriff from 1933 to 1939 Fun eral services will be held Tuesday 4YearOld Waterville Boy Dies of Burns Decorah Fellows 4 son of Mr and Mrs John Fellows Waterville died in a hospital here Monday of burns suffered Sunday night The boy was playing with some other children around a bonfire in a neighbors yard at Waterville when his clothes became ignited 9 Scientists Say AEC Has Sound Program Washington scientists who advise the atomic energy commission sent congress a state ment Monday saying the AEC has developed a sound and forward looking program They called the progress clear proof of the competency andde votion to duty of the commission Dr J Robert Oppenheimer who helped develop the atomic bomb read the statement to the congres sional committee investigating the AECs management He said it was adopted unanimously by the 9mernber AEC scientific advisory Oppenheimer warmly defended the policy of ex porting certain types of radioac tive isotopes for research In response to questions he said he knows of no way that Rus sia would be helped in the atomic energy race if the Soviets should get hold of some of the isotopes No isotopes have been sent to Russia but some have gone to neighboring Finland and Norway California Professors to Sign Oath Berkeley Cal of California professors Monday asked President Robert Gordon Sproul to explain why they will have to sign loyalty pledges after July 1 The 1100member academic senate scheduled a meeting with Sproul Tuesday after some faculty members said they were concerned over the action of the board of re gents in requiring the oaths University officials disclosed Saturday night that the oath will be made a part of all contracts with the 4000 faculty members and administrators Dr George A Pettitt assistant to Sproul said no serious opposition was expected Pettitt said the university al ways has required its faculty to swear allegiance to federal and state constitutions He explained that the pledge merely was to supplement that oath Storm Leaves 3 Fires in Janesville Janesville severe elec trical storm struck this Bremer county town Sunday night and left 3 fires in its wake Fire destroyed the top story and cupola of the Janesville feed mill following a lightning strike that Left blazes in 2 electrical trans formers in Janesville Mayor Roy Sickles said it was believed the mill fire resulted from a lightning strike as the blaze began at the top of the mill cu pola Long distance telephone serv ice also was knocked out atthe time he said and Janesville was unable to summon fire help from other towns Damage was not estimated but Sickles said he expected it would be several weeks before the feed mill was again1 operating The mill is owned by William Herr Sickles said the electrical storm lasted about half an hour 450000 Coal Miners Begin Work Stoppage for J Week Pittsburgh L Lewis 450000 United Mine Workers carried out their union leaders stopwork order to the letter Monday They brought coal mining in the United States to a dead stop for a oneweek period to stabilize the industry and help Lewis in his new contractnegotiafcions Reports from the big soft coal and anthracite fields in dicated the walkout was orderly As usual no pickets were posted and the men merely stayed home planning a week of fishing or loafing around the house Their week at home will the UMW members about 000000 in wages The miners 4 Kansas Men Killed in Air Crash Perham Minn Kan sas men killed in a plane crash lere were warned before they took off that a thunderstorm was about to Monday We dont like the idea of oaths he said but in the cold war hysteria we are facing something had to be done This more explicit oath will give i needed greater public assurance of the attitude the university has always had strike authorities said The plane ploughed into a field 4 miles southwest of here after taking off from Bemidji Minn where they men had been on a ishing trip A severe electrical storm was raging at the time Bemidji airport manager Har old Hall identified the dead as Frank E Hannigan Jr the pilot O D Clark W A Morris and Paul Stewart They were enroute to Sioux Falls S Dak in a 4pas senger Cessna own health andwelfare fund de pendent on a 20cents levy on each ton of coal mined will lose an estimated The Walkout if it ends ule June 20 will have little effect on related industries except coal hauling railroads They will be hit hard although aboveground coal reserves are at a peak Some coal operators and steel executives feared however that the walkout will extend into the miners annual 10day vacation beginning June 25 and finally end up as a fullfledged strike That could happen if the union and the coal industry fail to sign new con tracts by June 30 expiration date for the present agreements Lewis call for the was an admitted maneuver to reduce the countrys fuel reserves and strengthen his hand in negotia tions for new wage agreements The mine chief Monday opens wage talks with U S Steel Corp coal mining subsidiaries at Phila delphia The 3weekold negotia tions with southern operators at Bluefield W Va resume Tuesday Lewis also was considered ready to ask for negotiations with the northern commercial operators the largest segment of the bituminous industry Ask Executive Cut Be Grays Appointment Approved by Senate Washington The senate Monday approved the appoint ment of Gordon Gray as secretary of the army The action was by unanimous consent Gray WinstonSalem N Car publisher has been under secre tary of the army Washington SP A resolution directing President Truman to trim 5 to 10 per cent off funds voted by congress for executive agencies was approved Monday by the senate expenditures com mittee Chairman McClellan said the committee voted 8 to 2 for the resolution and added he will introduce itimmediately He estimated that approval of the resolution by congress and the president would mean savings of to in federal expenditures in the fis cal year starting July 1 McClellan said he hoped thai it would make possible a balanced budget without new taxes but added that would depend on how federal tax receipts hold up The McClellan committee reso lution applies to all executive agencies and departments Mc Clellan told reporters that it does not apply to funds for congress or the judiciary HOLD FUNERAL Humboldt ff Funeral serv ices were held Sunday at Rut land for Richard H Christiansen 31 of Humboldt who was burped to death in a traffic accident early Saturday Betty Grable Highest Salaried Woman 89 63 78 23 inch BO 52 Washington Act ress Betty Grable who owns the shapliest legs in Hollywood also has the best salary figure among women She was the highest paid woman in the country shown Monday on a treasury department listing of corporation payments to individu als in 1947 The blonde star col lected from 20th Cen turyFox Film Corp nosing out Actress Olivia DeHaviland for top honors among women by a mere Neither however came within shouting distance of Charles P Skouras president of National Theaters Amusement Co and Fox I West Coast Agency Corp whose was high among ali in dividuals on the list Skouras topped the big 10 who in order were Vincent Riggio president of American Tobacco Co Preston Sturges producerdi rector of 20th CenturyFox 000 E H Little president Colgate PalmolivePete Co of which was salary and the remainder bonus A A Somerville director of R T Vanderbilt Co Seton Porter president Nation al Distillers Products Corp 000 with of salary and the remainder bonus William Randolph Hearsl pub lisher with each from Hearst Consolidated Publi cations Inc and from Hearst Publications Inc Theodore Seltzer president Bengue Inc Eugene G Grace board chair man Bethlehem Steel Co 279 G A Bryant president the Aus tin Co The listing may be changed by later treasury re ports for the same period which will be issued by the treasury later in the year The listing showed that Fred Warings Pennsylvanians received from the National Broadcasting Co but Waring as a private contractor paid out much of that amount for talent The figures listed were gross payments for salaries and bonuses taxes The government took a tax bite of about 86 per cent from incomes of or more Mondays listing required by law does not necessarily indicate total earnings of the individuals Many have investments which pay them considerably more than the amounts shown in the current listing For example the Rockefellers and other families controlling large fortunes are not mentioned since most of their income is from investments 8 Violent Iowa Deaths By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Eight persons died violent deaths in Iowa over the weekend 6 as the result of traffic accidents and one by drowning Thetraffic deaths included those of Capt Hugo Waldschmidt 36 of Ada Okla and his mother Mrs Martha Waldschmidt of Lincoln Nebr The accident occured north east of Logan early Monday when Waldschmidts car reportedly skidded into a bridge Albert Schoettner Jr 17 of Garrison killed Sunday in a headon collision of 2 cars near Van Home Four others were in jured Oswald Sanderson 23 of near Waukon who died at a Decorah hospital of injuries suffered when he fell from a car at the east edge of Decorah Sunday Wayne Howard Fritz 28 of Pleasant Valley killed when 2 cars collided on a country road 15 miles northeast of Davenport Sunday Mrs George De Moss 78 died in Jefferson Saturday after she was struck by a car the highway patrol reported Mrs L J Ritland 63 of Roland was killed in an auto collision east of Randall Sunday night A car driven by her husband collided with one driven by Richard T Jacobson 18 of Story Ritland was in an Ames hospital in serious condition The youth who drowned was William Albert Heber of Water loo His body was recovered from a sandpit Sunday morning where he had gone swimming with a group of friends 3 Persons Die in Plane Crash Wichita Kan per sons were killed Monday when their plane crashed at the east edge of Wichita in squally weath er The victims were Russ Prater 40 millionaire housing contract or Austin M Cowan 63 a for mer Kansas supreme court justice andhis wife Mrs Edwina Cowan 63 a nationally known child psy chiatrist The trio had taken off from a Wichita airfield a earlier in Praters bound for aColorado resort The craft plunged to earth from an altitude about 250 feet and burned few minutes small plane Wasted Effort Denver reported Monday that yeggs battered the lock off a safe in a local firm be fore they gave it up as a bad job The safe in the office of a lum ber company was unlocked firm officias said SAME BUek ftef traffic deilh In 24   

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