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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 3, 1949, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LVI Associated Press United Press Full Wires Fiva Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 3 1949 HOME EDITION umn This Paper Consists ot Two No 47 THE EMPTY more stock ings will be hung on mantels chairs door knobs bedsteads Once more children will go to their beds with dreams of Christmas danc ing in their heads And then in the children will leap from their beds and race to their stockings to find what Santa has left for them What will they find Well in many homes it all depends on you readers of The GlobeGazette For it is you who will give Christmas to many Mason City only you Through your gifts to the Christmas Cheer Fund you will make certain that every child has a gift on Christmas morning For the past 24 years this picture has greeted you in your GlobeGazette It has be come a symbol of the tragedy it portrays but rather of that fact that a generous the painting by F S Manning people will not let that tragedy happen here Once more The GlobeGazette appeals to you Make this Christmas a happy Christ mas for every child You can do it And you can do it today Its easy too Just send your gift in the form of cash check or money order to this address Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa The 25th yearly campaign is formally launched with the reproduction of this famous painting Every one of the past 24 has gone over the top In the next issue there will be a general outlining of this years plans including the quota set and following that there will be a daily listing of the contributions received Remember he who gives early gives twice Report Reds Got Secrets Brings Probe Atomic Committee Is Instructed to Look Into Story Washington A former leadlease officers story that planeloads of U S atomic and other secrets were sped to Russia with the late Harry Hopkins help set off a congressional inquiry Saturday Chairman McMahon DConn of the joint senatehouse atomic energy committee said the com mittees staff had been instructed to look into the account His announcement followed a statement from Senator Hicken looper ranking republi can on the committee that he would insist that the group make inquiries Would Investigate And Senator McCarthy RWis told a reporter that if the atomic committee did not act he would urge that the senate investigating subcommittee headed by Senator Hoey DN Car go into the story Senator Edwin C Johnson D an atomic energy commit teeman also joined in the demand for clearing up what he called very serious charges These expressions of congres sional concern followed a broad cast interview Friday night in which former Army Capt G Racey Jordan related experiences as a lendlease inspector at Great Falls Mont on the route over which planes for Russia were flown in 1943 and 1944 Suitcases Full He said he saw suitcase after suitcase full of state department and other documents in Russian baggage He said he saw references to energy produced by fission or splitting to neutrons and pro ons and walls 5 feet thick of lead and water to control flying neutrons The former captain said he got personal telephoned instructions from Hopkins lendlease admin istrator and confidential aide to the late President Roosevelt to expedite the Russians shipments in every way to disregard the manifests and not even to re port anything he saw to his supe riors Search for 3 Insane Fugitives Salem Ore insane convicts who knocked out a guard and chqked another into uncon sciousness to escape from an Ore gon state mental hospital were sought Saturday by authorities in 3 states An alert was broadcast to Cali fornia Washington and Idaho state police to watch for the es capees A 4th inmate Walter Chamber lain 19 of Gresham Ore was re captured in a woods He sur rendered without a fight Several shots were fired into the bushes nearby by police but they said the other 3 men probably were heading north for Portland 50 miles away One of the escapees 21year old Robert Burr was labeled by hospital Supt Dr C E Bates as especially dangerous The other escapees were identified as James Cameron 25 Eugene Ore and Marion Watson 21 Watson listed by hospital of ficials as the probable ringleader feigned an appendicitis attack Fri day night and knocked out Guard Ed Rollins Watson then released Burr Cameron Chamberlain Or ville Shewey and several other unnamed inmates Warns Red Agents Ready to Sabotage U S in Wartime Washington library of congress in a study of defense plans warned Saturday that a disciplined army of communist agents is ready to sabotage America in event of war with Russia A public affairs bulletin published by the librarys legislative reference cautioned against complacen cy based on the fact that at tempted sabotage by nazi agents here at the start of World war II was successfully thwarted The numbers of the latter the School Head Is Arraigned on Larceny Charge Ames Greenwood superintendent of schools at Wall Lake waived to the grand jury Saturday when arraigned in mu nicipal court on a charge of lar ceny Greenwood former superintend ent at Storj City is charged with embezzling approximately In Story City high school funds Greenwood was released after he posted cash bond He was returned to Story county from Wall Lake Friday night by Sheriff Ivan Shalley and was held under arrest Nevada overnight nazis were small their tech niques crude and their identifica tion easy compared with the dis ciplined army of communists many of them American citizens who may be expected to work against the nation in the event of war with a communist power the library said 105Pagre Report S Arthur Devan a national de fense analyst of the reference service prepared the report a 105page analysis of the funda mental considerations on which this countrys defense plans must be laid The report warned that there can be no complete security in a military sense and that the atomic bomb is not the absolute wea pon It said the guided missile is the weapon most likely to cause revo lutionary change in warfare It hinted that this development may prove more costly than the atomic bomb Atomic bombs at the present time are said to cost many mil lions of dollars each the report said But an atomic bomb scien tist perhaps as familiar with that weapon as any one in the nation recently found himself shocked by the cost of guided missiles which probably will be the great wea pons of the future Expensive Defense He said if we were to defend only the city of Washington with guided missiles we might as well build a wall of gold around it The report said sending arms to our friends in Europe looks like a good investment that will save us money and maybe lives in the long run But for the moment it said we have to prepare for the possibility of war pracfically speaking as if we must stand alone It said an attack on this country if it comesprobably will be with out warning as at Pearl Harbor but that most qualified observers think the danger of war is not immediate SAME fUl traffic dtalbi In Si DELAY CIGARET TRIAL Cedar Rapids of the suit challenging the constitution ality of Iowas new cigaret price fixing law has been postponed to Dec 19 at the request of attorneys for both sides The suit was brought by Mays Drug Stores Inc of Cedar Rapids Stolen Police Car Discovered Omaha black and white Nebraska safety patrol car stolen by clever fugitive William Dunkin was found Saturday in a corn crib on a farm south of here The search for the 36yearold penitentiary escapee turned to a 1939 Plymouth sedan reported missing from the vicinity Douglas County Deputy Sheriff Jack Reiser found the car which had been driven inside the crib and abandoned They said the ap parent switch in cars may have given Dunkin a chance to skip through a huge road blockade and police dragnet Perish At Least in Dormitory Blaze Truman Works on State of Union Message Key West Fla Truman worked Saturday on his January state of the union mes sage which will include a renewed recommendation for a civil rights program Southern politicians to the con trary Mr Truman will ask again for a federal antilynch law abo lition of the poll tax and estab lishment of a fair employment practices commission Mr Trumans civil rights rec ommendations will include the housing announcement Friday by Solicitor General Philip B Perl man that federal housing money would not be available for projects practicing racial discrimination The chief executive worked on his January message with Clark M Clifford the special counsel to the president who will leave white house service early next year to resume private law practice As for the Perlman announce ment that FHA funds would be withheld from discriminatory housing projects the vvhite house said it was administration policy His speech was delivered with the knowledge of the president and he approved the line laid down by Mr Perleman said Wil liam D Hassett secretary to the president On the social side Saturday he was scheduled to be made hon orary grand master of the grand Masonic lodge of Florida A group of 27 Masons will call on the presi dent in the forenoon and induct him into the Florida lodge Ask New Trial in Damage Suit New Hampton On file in Chickasaw county district court here Saturday was one of the most unusual motions for a new trial ever made here Counsel for Lloyd Koob Plain field youth who is suing Mrs Al berta Schmolt of Waterloo for 522000 for the loss of his right leg in an autornotprcycle accident May 30 charged irregularities in the proceedings of the court on behalf of the court reporter Webb Stump It is charged that the court re porter was in such an apparent condition that a correct record of the evidence and proceedings could not be taken in shorthand and could not be relied upon by the court in its rulings on motion to direct a verdict The motion states further the irregularities occurred during the trial specifically on the afternoon of Nov 8 If necessary plaintiff offers to support the above statements by the testimony of bystanders or by affidavit The condition of the court re porter was not defined Judge W H Antes of West Union presided at the trial His court reporter Mr Stump was replaced Nov 14 Attorneys for Koob are Zastrow Noah Charles City and R J Sullivan New Hampton Reed Beers Waterloo and Geiser Don ohue Wilkins New Hampton for Mrs Schmolt SAVES unidentified student carries his belongings away from his burning dormitory at the University of Oklahoma The dormitory caught fire early Saturday causing damage estimated at More than students were housed in the dorm Protest to Chinese on Ship Attacks Washington The United States has asked the Chinese na tionalist government to stop any further attacks on American ves sels passing through the block aded area of the China coast The state department made public the text ot a strong Ameri can protest against the shelling of the Sir John Franklin in the Yang tze river approaches on Nov 28 The protest denounced the ac tion as unjustifiable and con trary to international law It said the United States holds national ist China fully responsible lor any losses sustained by American nationalists as a result of these reckless acts No one was injured in the shel ling but the ship was hit in sev eral places The note which Secretary of State Acheson dispatched to the Chinese foreign minister George Yeh at Hongkong earlier this week was delivered Friday Return to Find Home Is Burned Gifford family of Jack Freeman Saturday faced the return from a visit in Detroit Mich with no home waiting for them Their home was destroyed Fri day in a blaze which also damaged badly a garage The fire broke out when Marion Moon owner of the garage spilled gaso line near a welding torch he was using The fire quickly spread to the Freeman home next to the garage Firemen from Eldora and Whitten brough the blaze under control and kept it from spreading Floyd County PMA Committee ReElected Charles entire Floyd county production and marketing committee was reelected Satur day by the township delegate meeting here The county PMA committee includes Elmer S Guenther Charles City chairman Edward C Hofler Nora Springs vice chairman Luschcn Inman Rock ford 3rd member Bud E Chestek 1st alternate and Harold E Winterink Charles City 2nd alternate French Envoy to Poland Takes Life German y French officials said one of a group of 9 French nationals ex pelled from Poland was killed Saturday when he threw himself from a military train in the American zone The Frenchman Guy Auffrey was an employe of a Polish com mercial firm Like the others he was arrested by the Polish police held a few days and then expelled in reprisal for French expulsion of Poles amid charges of espion age and sabotage on both sides The French counsul general in Hamburg Andre Gaillard ex pressed surprise at the news of Auffreys death The 9 men and 4 summarily ejected by the Polish government and de posited on the BritishSoviet zone border at Helmsteclt The French rail traffic officer at Helmstedt British zone said the doors of the train were locked and that Auffrey apparently had smashed a window to get out of the train His body was found by the tracks near Offenbach in the American zone Two of the em bassy secretaries at Warsaw came to Hamburg to joiri the French consular staff here The remaining 6 of the group are in Mainz at the French con sulate EXTINGUISH FIRE Des Moines ac tion by police who noticed smoke coming from a 2nd floor window led to a quick job of extinguishing a fire at the Nelson House a 3 story hotel on Des Moines eas side early Saturday The fire caused when a guest dozed of while smoking a pipe was put ou before most guests knew the place was on fire Molten Lava Bursts From New Craters on Mt Etna Catania Sicily lava from erupting Mt Etna Saturday threatened the little Sicilian town of Maletto but an official source said the burning flow had slowed down considerably several kilometers from the town of 3600 inhabitants The police chief of Catania who reported on this most advanced of several from Mt Etna said the pres sure of the eruption appeared to lave decreased because new cra ers were acting as safety valves He estimated the pentup lava now was flowing from at least 10 openings in the mountains side At dawn exactly 24 hours after Etna began its new eruptions monstrous flames shot toward the sky from the main crater A 4 second earthquake jolted the area with a terrifying roar witnesses reported The flow advancing on Maletto appeared no longer to threaten Bronte a town of 18000 south west of Maletto The lava stream came from one of 3 new craters which Europes highest volcano pushed open Friday The most advanced stream by passed the villages of Chiavazza and Giardinazzo in the Bronte area Some farmhouses which had been abandoned were detsroyed Witnesses said fiery blasts of air moving ahead of the lava started forest fires No casualties had been reported yet At dawn the 10758foot peak was hidden by a huge cloud of steam smoke and vapor Residents of towns throughout the eruption area stayed up all night but did not begin to evacu ate their homes Call for Debate on Farm Program Des Moines Iowa Farm Bureau1 federation Saturday considered a challenge to debate the issues of the Brannan farm plan with the Iowa Farmers union The challenge was issued by Fred Stover president of the Farmers Union He sent the chal lenge to Farm Bureau President E Howard Hill The Farmers Union has ap proved the Brannan plan of pro duction payments to farmers to keep their prices high but let food prices find lower levels while the Farm Bureau has approved flex ible price supports Sentenced to 3 Years for Tax Evasion Des Moines f Dr Russell M Pederson 44 Sioux City den tist Saturday was sentenced to 3 years in a federal penitentiary on each of 4 counts of an indict ment charging income tax eva sion and then placed on probation Federal Judge Carroll Switzer in addition assessed Dr Pederson a fine of plus court costs The fine was on each count The judge provided that the 3 year terms were to run concur rently and therefore placed him on probation for 3 years Dr Pederson had pleaded nolo contendre to each count charging income tax evasion for the years 194319405 Riven until fine T h e government charged Dr Pederson with evasion of about in income taxes during the 4 years Oklahoma U Fire Razes Building More Than Score of Men Students Are Injured or Burned Norman Okla flash fire whipped through a 2stpry mens dormitory at the University of Oklahoma before dawn Satur day burning it to the ground within minutes At least 3 were dead and more than a score injured or burned Several hours after the building had been leveled about a dozen searchers began moving gingerly into the stillsmouldering ruins They found 3 bodies all badly burned and unidentified The search was being directed by O D Roberts university coun sellor of men The bodies were taken to the Primrose Funeral home Escape Flames Many of the fireawakened stu dents were injured or burned as they dashed through doorways or leaped frantically from windows to escape the flames Seventeen were admitted to El lison infirmary and 2 to Norman Municipal hospital The infirmary listed 2 as critical A number of others were treated and released The building valued at nearly was a total loss From the time the first flames shot up shortly before 3 a m it was only 30 to 40 minutes before the entire building was a furious blaze Firemen didnt even bother to fight it but concentrated on saving nearby buildings Check Miaeinr It was not known how many of the 349 residents were in the building at the time Possibly a 3rd had gone home for the week end It was expected to be sev eral hours before searchers could enter the ruins University officials asked all who lived in the dorm to call in or go to checkpoints so a count could be made Dr Glen Couch dean of students began a roll call among survivors who huddled in in their pajamas or the stillglowing embers of their campus home Origin of the fire was unde termined There were varying re ports that it broke out in the iNo 2 and No 3 wings of the 5story building which was a bachelor of ficers quarters for naval technical trainees during World war II Fraternity houses and other dormitories provided emergency housing Many of the firerouted students saved nothing but their nightclothes inclusive He was Dec 31 to pay the Statistician Sees Pensions for Everyone Washington govern ments labor statistics chief said Saturday that pensions for every body seem a sure bet with the old and the nearold making up half the nations voting population Ewan Clague commissioner of labor statistics said many workers between 40 and 60 are very prop erly concerned about their bleak economic future once they become branded as too old to work And these 2 old and the a very po tent force in our society today Clague said in a speech prepared for the Machinery and Allied Products Institute Between them they now ac count for half the population ot voting age and their relative strength is growing each year Because of their mature years and experience they exert more over a greater than proportionate influence in community affairs and in the councils of labor In a democratic society re sponsive to the needs of its citi zens it is almost a truism to state that their voice will be heard and that their just demands will met So much is self evident Clague said medical science has boosted the life expectancy of a white male from 48 years in 1900 to about 66 today May to Surrender Monday Morning Washington Rep Andrew J May is due to surren der Monday morning to a U S marshal to start serving an 8 month to 2year sentence for war time bribery and conspiracy Ajustice department spokes man said Saturday some confu sion had arisen because a feder al district judge here where May was convicted first set Saturday for his surrender to a marshal at Catlettsburg Ky The court order was revised to direct the former congressmans surrender on Monday because the marshal John M Moore of the eastern Kentucky district would not be on duty at Catlettsburg Saturday Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and cooler Sat urday night and Sunday Low Saturday night near 24 high Sunday about 40 Iowa Fair and a little colder Sat urday night and Sunday Low Saturday night 28 to 33 Minnesota Fairand colder Satur day night Sunday lair south cloudy and somewhat colder north Low Saturday night 15 to 20 north 18 to 25 south high Sunday 30 to 35 north 35 to 40 south IN MASON CITY Globe Gazette weather statis tics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Saturday Maximum 39 Minimum 29 At 8 a m 3Q YEAR AGO Maximum 49 Minimum 37   

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