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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 26, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Associated frtst United PTM Full Wires Five Cents Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26 1949 HOME EDITION UMUJ COMMANDER HAROLD J RUSSELL Address Noon Rally at Armory Harold J Russell National Head of Amvets Here Monday The first national commander of a veterans organization to visit Mason City in a number of years is slated to arrive here Monday by private plane He is Harold J Russell of Watertown Mas s handless movie academy award winner who will be here as national commander of Amvets World war II veterans group Russell 35 is on a statewide tour of Iowa Amvets posts as part of a national membership drive He is to visit Fort Dodge Mason City and Dubuque Mon day Caravan to Airport Commander Robert Speidel of Mason City post 92 said Russell is expected at the airport at p m where he is to be greeted by Mayor Howard E Bruce F J Olson and Walter J Walker president and past president of the Chamber of Commerce A nation al guard unit will form the color guard The Mason City high First in 19 Years Harold J Russell national commander of Amvets will be the first national head of a service organization in 19 years to visit Mason City during his term of office it is believed As far as is known the late O G Bodenhamer of Arkansas was the last He spoke here Feb 21 1930 during his term from 1929 30 as national commander of fhe American Legion Mason Citys own Maj Gen Hanford Mac Nider 192122 is thought to be the only other national Legion head who has been here during his tenure of office Paul V McNutt of Indiana 192829 was here shortly be fore his election when he was dean of the University of Indi ana law school Other Legion commanders known to have visited here after their terms expired were Franklin DOlier of Pennsylvania the Jate Howard P Savage of Il linois 192627 and Ray Mur phy of Iowa 19353G As far as Is known no V F W head has been here school band will play at the air port A caravan of cars will leave for the airport from Wag ner Music hall corner of 1st and Delaware N E at a m To Address Rally The car caravan will proceed from the airport to the armory in on highway 18 and over the following route in the city south on Washington from 1st S W to 2nd S W east on 2nd to Federal north on Federal to 3rd N W west on 3rd to Washing ton N W south on Washington to State and west on State to the armory Comdr Russell will address a rally open to the public at the armory at p m A press conference will follow at about p m and a luncheon at the Vets club will conclude his activity here NAMED EDITOR Iowa City Arthur Barnes of the University of Iowa school of journalism has been named editor of the bulletin of the National Association of Radio News Directors DDay Had Significance for Russell Russell was born in 1914 in Nova Scotia where his father was the local telegraph manager The fam ily moved to Boston when Harold was 6 after the death of his father He attended schools at Cambridge and was graduated from Ridge Technical high in 1933 He then went to work in a grocery chain and worked up to store manager No draft board hastened his in duction into the warHe volun teered in February 1942 and asked for paratrooper duty He made 51 successful jumps the average was 10 as an instructor for 18 months while seeking com bat duty in vain In early 1944 his pleas were heedetf Had Double Dday On June 6 1944 Dday to the rest of the he helped prepare explosive charges a de fective fuse ended Russells army career in a flash of flame and smoke During his long convalescence at Walter Reed hospital in Washing ton he was selected by the army to make the documentary film The Diary of a Sergeant It drama tized how he had overcome the handicap of his new steel hooks and was exhibited widely for the benefit of amputees in military hospitals around the country The 20minute picture attracted the attention of Director William Wyler and Dramatist Robert Sher wood who promptly created the role of Homer Parish expressly for Russell in the script The Best Years of Our Lives In it he won 2 Academy awards as the best supporting star of 1946 and a special award for bringing aid and hope to the disabled through the motion picture medium Wrote BestSeller He has written a bestselling autobiography Victory in My Hands a story of his experiences More than a decade after finishing high school he resumed studies at Boston university where he rounded out his education Russell has personally visited more than 210 veterans hospitals He has toured the nation on a lec ture tour covering 46 states to in spire the ill and disabled with new hope Finally Sept 6 1949 he won election as national commander of Amvets largest World war II veterans organization in a 4way contest In 1948 he had been na tional chairman of the Amvets youth opportunity committee Russell married his childhood sweetheart Rita Russell in Holly wood in February 1947 They have 2 children an adopted son Jerry 6J and a daughter Adele Rita 2 CONDITION GOOD lola Kans condition of Floyd Bailey 70 of Perry Iowa injured Wednesday night in a traffic accident near here was re ported as satisfactory Friday Hos pital attendants said Bailey prob ably would be released in 3 or 4 days His wife Mrs Helen Bailey 50 was killed in the accident Ward Aide Seized on Spy Charge Stokes Reported Taken to Court Without Warrant Washington Wards chief aide in the American con sulate at Mukden has been seized by communist authorities in con nection with spying charges The information came to the state department Saturday in a report from Consul General Ward just released by the Chinese reds after conviction on a charge of beating a Chinese worker in the consulate Ward himself and 4 members of his staff were held for a month before they were sentenced then sentences suspended and they were ordered out of the country They were freed last Monday No Warrant Ward reported that vice consul 26yearold William N Stokes a native of Hartford Conn had been taken to court without warrant The state department ordered Consul General Edmund Clubb at Peiping to file the strongest pro test with the national Chinese communist leaders over this un warranted treatment At the same time the depart ment declared that any allega tions that members of the consu late general staff in Mukden en gaged in espionage are ridiculous and absolutely false Can Get No Facts Ward said he had not been able to find put whether the Mukden communists wanted Stokes as a witness as a defendant or in some other capacity Stokes home town was given as Staten Island New York He is a graduate of Columbia university 1943 and Chicago university 1946 served in the army from 19431946 with the rank of cap tain and entered the foreign serv ice in October 1946 9 More Poles Are Expelled From France Paris more Poles who belonged to organizations engaged in economic and social sabotage have been expelled the ministry of interior an nounced Saturday That brought to 26 the number of Polish citizens deported in the last 2 days in apparent re taliation for Polands arrest of a French diplomat and expulsion of 2 more on espionage charges They belonged to such Polish organizations as the National Council of Poles in France the Grunwald Polish Youth associa tions the OPO Patriotic Organiza tions the Polish Boy Scouts and the Polish Womens Union Actually the ministry said the groups were real organizations of economic and social sabotage Those expelled Friday night were rounded up by Surctc Na tionale security police Friday the ministry said A ministry spokesman said more arrests might be made later Saturday following further in vestigation and questioning of Poles associated with those al ready expelled In Warsaw the government reported that it would put French diplomat Andre Robineau and a number of alleged confederates on public trial soom on charges of espionage DIES AFTER CRASH Sibley Robinet of Sib ley died in a hospital here Satur day of injuries suffered early Tuesday when his car and a loaded cattle truck collided Sher iff Lloyd Wilson said the cattle trucker was J Potter of Triumph Minn Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly fair Saturday night and Sunday Low Satur day night 25 High Sunday near 40 Iowa Mostly cloudy Saturday night and Sunday Colder Sun day Low Saturday night 18 to 25 Northeast to 30 to 35 south west Minnesota Cloudy north and partly cloudy in southern por tion Saturday night and Sun day warmer southeastern por tion Saturday night diminish ing winds Saturday night Low Saturday night around 10 north 20 to south high Sunday 25 north 35 to 40 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics of the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Saturday Maximum 27 Minimum 20 At 8 a m 26 YEAR AGO Maximum 42 Minimum 24 BILL ROBINSON Bojangles Is Dead at Age 71 New Y o r k Bojangles danced his way upstairs again Friday night for the last time Death came to Americas great tap smiling Negro with the twinkling he slept under an oxygen tent with a failing heart Once before when asleep Bill Robinson had dreamed his famous upstairstap woke to make a fortune with it I was being made a lord by the king of England he explained and he was standing at the head of a flight of stairs Rather than walk I danced up to get it Started at 8 Robinson 71 had been a public entertainer from the age of 8 He carried his nickname Bojangles for almost 40 years It meant hap pygolucky He began as a little stable boy dancing for pennies in Washington beer halls reached the top of his world on Broadway and in Holly wood and made anywhere from to But he was almost broke when he went to the hospital 2 weeks ago and his friends were arrang ing a benefit when he died Never Retired Robinson never really retired He kept on dancing until his eyes failed him 3 months ago and he could no longer see the steps of the old routine He kept in top notch training until the end To celebrate his 60th birthday he danced 60 blocks down Broadway With him when he died was his 2nd wife Elaine Although he made up to a week in show business and 000 a week in the movies cash never stayed with him very long He gave lavishly to in money and benefit perform he liked to gamble He also was a crackerjack pool player Decorah Woman at Century Mark of mind enjoy ing good health Mrs Bertha Ulen who cnroe to Winneshiek county when she was about 15 years old celebrated her 100th anniversary at her home in Decorah Thursday She was born Nov 24 1849 in Norway daughter of Mr and Mrs Gulbrand P Qualley with whom she came to America The sailboat trip from Bergeb took 6 weeks With her for her anniversary were herchildren Mr and Mrs EC Ulen Mr and Mrs Peter Ulen George Ulen Decorah and Mr and Mrs P O Lesseth Charles City Second Victim of Crash Dies Wliiltemore F S Balgeman 75 mayor of Whiltemore died at Mercy hospital m Mason City late Friday from injuries suffered in an automobile accident west of Hutchins Wednesday evening in which his wife was killed The ac cident occurred when their car collided with one driven by Wil bert Olson of Mason City Mr Balgeman is survived by 8 children George and Harry Bal geman of Whittemore Mrs Clar ence Johnson and Louis Balgeman of West Bend Mrs Oscar Schatt schmeider of Davenport Mrs Frank Behnke of Latimer Mrs William Heller of Algona and Del bert Balgeman of West Bend Double funeral services will be held Monday at p m at the home and at 2 p m at the Luth eran church in West Bend The Hyink funeral home is in charge SAME meant traffio death In 24 This Paper ol Two No 41 Personal Property Valuation Up 30 Government Holds Secret Coal Talks Washington govern ment has held secret joint confer ences witfi John L Lewis and major northern coal producers in an effort to head off a new coal strike it was learned Saturday Federal mediation chief Cyrus Ching met Friday with the United Mine Workers president and Frank Amos chairman of the northern operators bargaining committee They conferred secretly for 3 hours in a hotel room in Win chester Va It is not known however how much progress was made on a new contract for the coal fields Deadline Wednesday The deadline for a new coal strike is midnight next Wednes day Ching returned here late Friday and was ready to report on the Winchester meeting to John R Steelman President Trumans as sistant The Winchester meeting is re ported to be only one of a series of such conferences Ching went to Virginia earlier this week for what his office called a brief rest When he left the capital Ching told newsmen he felt there was nothing more he could do in the longdead locked coal dispute Holds Conferences But informed sources said Ching has held more conferences with Lewis and the coal operators while resting than he did while working What the government is trying to do is get Lewis and the coal operators back into bargaining There have been no formal bar gaining conferences between the mine workers and the operators for more than 5 weeks Government labor experts re portedly have been urging west ern and northern coal operators to invite Lewis to resume negotia tions and thus give Lewis a face saving device CarTrain Crash Brings Death to 5 Omaha Union Pacific railroad said that 4 members of one family were killed and another fatally injured in a crossing crash a quarter mile east of Hillsdale Wyo Saturday morning A Union Pacific spokesman said the dead were Bernard M Hatcher 45 his son Norman 10 and three daughters Edna 14 Janic 12 and Louise 16 All but Louiae were killed in stantly She died later The railroad spokesman said the Hatcher car and a mail trains were involved in the crossing crash at a m Lutheran Official Ousted by Czechs New York spokesman for the National Lutheran council said Saturday that the Rev Dr J Igor Bella American representa tive for the Committee for the Lu theran World Federation had been expelled from Czechoslovakia Bella is the former pastor of the Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran church at Bridgeport Conn and president of the Slovak Lutheran Zion Synod of the United Luther an church in America His deportation was announced by the Rev John A Scherzer retary of the European desk of vhe National Lutheran council hgre Bella now is reported to bel in Geneva Switzerland 24 SHOPPNgAVS Buy CHRISTMASs AP Wircphoto MISS TRUMAN DISPOSES OF in terview Margaret Truman at a news conference Friday as the daughter of President and Mrs Truman disposed of rumors of her engagement Miss Truman said if people are going to start such rumors she wishes theyd at least pick someone I know Asked about reports linking her name with Ed Wall editor of an AFL newspaper she said I never laid eyes on the man Inflation Is Threat Says Hickenlooper on Visit Here Senator B B Hickenlooper was a friendly visitor in these parts Saturday No speeches on my itinerary he I just wanted to renew acquaintance with some of the folks who became our good friends during our several summers at Clear Lake While the senator did not infer that the atomic energy issue about which he has been so much concerned is perma nently settled by the resignation of David E Lilienthal chairman of the commission he did express a view that proper management of the nations finances is of greater importance in the total scheme of things How serious this is he de clared may be measured by the fact that at the present time you people here in Mason City are contributing approximately 000 every day to the federal gov ernment in one way or another a Day It costs million every day to run our federal government he explained and that means an average daily donation of a day by every man woman and child in our country The federal deficit for the cur rent fiscal year will exceed billion according to the senators information from government fi nancial authorities Inability of the federal govern ment in relatively lush times to operate within its income and cut down the national debt augurs ill for the time when conditions may not be as prosperous as at pres ent Deficit government then might be required and we should be prepared for it he said Unless there is a halt in the growth of the nations indebted ness a painful and perhaps dis astrous inflation is inevitable ac cording to the senator Printing press money will have to be re sorted to somewhere along the line with unpleasant repercus sions on government securities and on the economy in general Correction of this ominous trend in the opinion of Senator Hickenlooper must start with a president who is alert to the dan ger Congress can assist by with holding appropriations and by earmarking funds But the de cisive authority is in the white house The process of achieving fiscal stability in the federal govern ment according to the Iowa law maker must start with a realis tic calculation of how much in come can be had without dislo cating the nations business econ omy Must Find Pattern With this figure arrived at the administration must cut the pat tern of government expenditures SEN7 B B HICKENLOOPER to fit the cloth with ample al lowance for reducing the nations indebtedness when times are good as they are now Pressed to comment on the re cent Lilienthal resignation as chairman of the atomic energy commission the Cedar Rapids man said he had nothing particu larly new to offer Against warnings that it would not be politically helpful to me Ive contended that Mr Lilienthal was not doing a satisfactory job in this allimportant post Ive held that he wasnt qualified for the post by training experience or otherwise It was my the be lief of many others judging his work at close he should resign He has resigned and thats that Because the assignment is one which involves the future welfare and security of the nation the senator added it should not be dealt with along partisan lines Whether the man at the helm is republican or democrat is of no fundamental concern Experience Needed The post is one which calls for an administrator with experience and vision capable of giving lead ership to a vast industrial project and intelligently directing and co ordinating the allimportant Clear Lake Assessment Cut by 10 Livestock Adjustment for Cerro Gordo Is Mostly Downward A 30 per cent increase in the Mason City and a 10 per cent de crease in Clear Lake personal property assessment was ordered Friday by the Iowa state tax com mission The tax commission also certi fied livestock equalization assess ments to the 99 counties of the state making for a number of changes in Cerro Gordo mostly downward The assessment on cattle in feeding was reduced 26 per cent 2 year old heifers decreased 8 pet cent and 3 year old cows de creased 5 per cent Swine over 9 months were increased 7 per cent The changes are from the fig ures certified by County Auditor Keith Raw and are based on as sessments made in Mason City by City Assessor J P Manley and in Clear Lake and the remainder of the county by the J M Clemin shaw company for County Asses sor Arthur Harris Result of Suits The commissions order on per sonal property is believed to be at least partly the result of suits filed in district court by Clear Lake businessmen in which they pro tested that Assessor Manleys ap praisal of Mason City business inventories was far below the Cleminshaw assessments of like property in Clear Lake The county board of supervisors Friday afternoon ordered the county auditor to pall the attention of the state tax commission to what they considered an obvious unfairness in the order Since property in the smaller towns and rural areas also was assessed by Cleminshaws staff it presumably is in line with the Clear Lake valuations which the commission ordered cut the county auditor said Called Unfair Another reaction to the com mission order was that it would result in an unfair tax levy on personal property in Mason City homes In an attempt to remedy a claimed unfairness in assessment of MasonCity business properties it was suggested the commission look the easy way out and in creased the assessment on all per sonal property in the city Personal property includes fur niture fixtures and other items not a part of the building or land which are assessed as real estate In the case of businesses it in cludes the stock fixtures and equipment In the home it in cludes furniture musical instru ments jewelry and the like WINS 4H AWARD Chicago E Nelson 20 of Bopne was one of 3 winners of the Citizens award announced at the National 4H club congress Friday He was awarded a scholarship 4 FINAL search aspects of nuclear fission according to Senator Hickenlooper The senator made it clear too that he is unalterably committed to civilian control of atomic energy as distinguished from military control But it should be a civilian control that gets results he added In this connection he made ref erence 11 the expenditure of more than billion in the past 2 years as compared with the 000 required for the development of the atomic bomb starting from scratch There hasnt he insisted been a satisfactory return on in vestment for the taxpayers of America Mostly in Iowa Senator Hickenlooper has spert most of the time in Iowa since congressional adjournment in Sep tember Mrs Hickenlooper with him for a time has returned to Washington to be with their son David a high school student there A married daughter lives at Zanes ville Ohio The senator expects to join his family in the capital city for Christmas In the meantime he explained there will be a lot of traveling a lot of few speeches I am learning again what I once knew he smiled Iowa is an extremely big state when you try every corner of it Notre Dame Southern Col 3 CFINAL N Corolino Virginia i E3 4 FINAL 1 Tulsa Arkansas 3 4 FINAL Tennessee Vanderbilt 3 4 FINAL