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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 2, 1950, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH DAILYPAfER EDITED FOR THE tf MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LVI and United Press Ful Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy I One Mans Opinion A Radio CenuaenUry By W EARL HALL Editor As We Enter the Second Lap IN LOOKING back over shoulders for an appraisal the first half of the 2Qth centuy its almost compulsory as a fii observation to note that our itual progress has in no sense t pace with our progress in thins material Man has donea perfectly ma nificent job of concocting gadges to make himself comfortable ail mechanical to redui physical labor But his perfora ance in devising ways to get with his neighbors on the worl stage has left much to be desire Perhaps the most eloquent tesl mony to this sad fact is to 1 found in the 2 global wars in 01 generation and the feverish pre arations seemingly for anothe We refer to this latter as a co war in which democracy or wh passes for democracy is locked i a duel with communism for sut vival 1 Isolationism Is Dead j Against both our will and ou desire many of us have had 1 recognize that we and our natio are a part of the world in whic we live Its a role thrust upon u There can be no withdrawal f roi it The lesson wasnt easily learnei In 1917 we were drawn into a wa not of making Our entr turned the tide of battle A leagu of nations was set up largel along the lines suggested by oil own spokesman With or withoii popular sanction our senate rej oudiated that league An uneasy peace ensued Die tatorships reared their heads in i half dozen places The notion the mere winning ofa war woulj pave the way to worldwide de mocracy proved ironically false j Then history repeated itself Foi the 2nd time in less than 3 ded ades we were drawn into a not of our own making Again oii entry turned the tide of battll Again opportunity presented to build the foundations for a last ing peace UN Born in Hijrh Hope This time our answer to challenge was the United Nations launched almost before the ecfr of our Abomb over Nagasaki am liroshima had died away Ther was no eschewal of resppnsibilit on the part of our nation UN was born in an atmospherj of high hope Possessed of a wil for peace this world organizatioi could have become an effectivj tool for translating that will inb Almost before the ink of the charter was dry however I became tragically clear that th assumption of a universal will fc peace was not wellbased Now we too well that in communisms credo worl domination is an aspiration whic transcends any wish for a lastiri peace With this knowledge ha come a realization that if UN is t have more than a perfunctory roli in world affairs it must to equipped with teeth Must Have Authority i World government to meaning must have authority Otf own nation and every other na turn committed to a world sociefr of law and order must be williig to delegate some sovereignty that world government In a pronounced degree the sii uahon globally parallels the sii uation m America when our cof onies on the brink of becoming 13 Balkan states had the wisdom ari courage to submerge their pride and join in a federal union Its a notable fact and agmg that in no nation with the works and methods fe communism has it been eith adopted or retained by vote of the people Always it is sit down upon a people by dictatorial minority Risks Either Way A fact corollary to this is that In the present lineup of all are on Americas side except those which take their orders iroO This means that in the establishment of a stronger UTf we would have at our side all the libertyloving peoples of the world it should be ad mitted in the set ting up of a true world govern i ment would involve a measure of risk for our own country But that risk should be set off and meas ured against the risk involved Is a continued failure to give teeth to UN Doing something about this ihould have an important place on Americas calendar for the 2nd half of the 20th century Mechanized Farming For agricultural America with Its heartland here in the upper middle west the foremost impact of the century in which we live has been m the advance of mech anization With the tractors and other ma chinery at his command one farm worker today can him out ap proximately 3 times as much as the individual farm worker the turn of the century The incandescent light and the telephone had been invented rf of the century but thef t wax limited almost exclusively CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JANUARY 2 1950 HOME EDITION UIUIJ PRINCESS IS CENTER OF cess Yasmin Khan takes the spotlight as she makes her debut in Montchoisi clinic Lausanne Switzerland The proud parents Prince Aly Khan and the former Rita Hayworth beam their approval The infant was born to the actress on Dec 28 Commerce Unit Makes Report on Explosion at Swift Plant Des Moines state commerce commission said Monday it lacks authority to make binding recommendations in connection with the Dec 14 explosion which brought death to 21 persons at the Swift Co packing plant at Sioux City This was set forth in the report of H A Franklin the commissions safety engineer He investigated the explosion Dec 20 at the direction of the commission Franklin saying that the mission had no power to act in the matter did not attempt to determine responsibility for this accident The report suggested 2 ways of setting up regulation of gas dis tribution systems within Iowa cities and towns and within indi vidual buildings If definite state authority Is de sired this must be granted by the If cities and towns wish to adopt safety regulations under the police power a general committee could draft proposed requirements in behalf of all cities and towns Should Be Broad Any regulations the report said should be broad enough to cov er the whole field The report listed the following points in discussing the nature and force of the tragic blast 1 It is apparent it occurred in the east central part of the first or basement floor of the 6 story Swift plant 2 The blast was so powerful it was apparent cause of cracks found in the basement walls of the plant These walls are reinforced concrete thick with 3 inch cork insulation 3 The explosion shattered the reinforced concrete floor of the 2nd or street floor of the building and dropped it into the basement Buckled Upward 4 The 3rd floor over the heart of the blast was buckled upward at numerous points to a height of 2 to 4 feet 5 The east dock of the plant was blown outward and upward 6 The explosion pressure re lieved itself through the east dock the stairway and elevator shaft Doors to the elevator shaft were torn away on each floor 7 Air which rushed into the vacuum created by the explosion snuffed out the fire which accom panied the blast Franklins report did not fix a definite cause of the explosion It did not however recognize any apparent cause for the blast ex cept a gas leak Although stress ing that he was not attempting to draw a definite conclusion Frank said it seemed possible the leaking gas came from a 16inch diameter natural gas pipeline wbich runs under Leech street in front of the Swift plant 2 MINUTES LATE yakima Wash ff Donald ras born at a m New Years 2 minutes late it would seero Hes the son of Mr and Mrs ponald Wash D Yearout of Wapato Payments to Be Made to Former POWs Washington The first pay ments to former American pris oners of war and civilian internees are expected to be made in March or April this year the war claims commission said Monday Their claims may be filed be ginning Tuesday and not later than March 1 1951 The commission now has only in liquidated enemy assets with which to pay an esti mated of claims Most of the enemy property vested by the office of alien property about worth is still tied up in claims brought by former owners of the property When additional funds might be come available is uncertain The war claims act stipulates that all POW and internee claims must be paid with proceeds of this vested enemy property Claims forms for the 140000 former POWs and internees in tevnees of the Japanese only have been sent to all veterans admin istration regional offices State governors have also designated special places where the forms have been sent such as veterans organizations the Red Cross and others Sleeping Pills Cause of Death overdose of sleep ing pills was attributed by Cor oner Carl Hauser as cause of the death of Vincent Benson 40 res taurant operator here The cor oner said death was accidental Bensons wife closed the cafe at 3 a m Sunday and went home to find her husband dead in bed The pills had been prescribed by Bensons doctor 2 days before his death when Benson complained of being nervous and unable to get any rest The Bensons came to Rockford Oct 3 1949 from Colwell They had moved to Colwell from Ken sett Oct 22 1946 Mr Benson had been a buttermaker at Kensett Surviving besides the widow is an 11 year old daughter Funeral arrangements were in complete Monday This Paper Consists of Two One No 72 u Posse Surrounds 3 Convicts Who Killed Guard in Escape tittle Rock Ark UR Three Asperate and heavilyarmed con victs took to the woods Monday gjd prepared to fight to the death a posse of 100 officers trails them with bloodhounds The convicts killed a guard Sat urday in their escape from the ijucker prison farm and wounded an officer as they shot their way out of 2 roadblocks Sunday night fugitives fled afoot when car slammed into a ditch an 85mileanhour chase officers who almost captured at one barricade Lt H Pv Peterson of the Arkan sas state police warned pursuing officers to shoot to kill on sight of the convicts These men wont hesitate to kill either civilians or officers if it means their capture he said Theyre tough and mean and I doubt if well take any of them alive But well get them During the affray Sunday night the convicts were driving a car they had stolen earlier in the day from a farm family whom they bound and gagged Against Use of Troops on Formosa Truman Reaffirms Stand at Meeting of Security Unit Washington Tru man is reported standing pat against any use of American troops to try to block communists from the island of Formosa It is understood however that such a decision would not preclude continued economic help and po litical support aswell as advisory assistance to Generalissimo Chiang KiaShek in his fight against ex pected communist attempts to take over the island stronghold of the Chinese nationalists Truman Presides Mr Trumans reaffirmation of his stand against the use of American troops in Formosa is said to have been made during a meet ing of the national security coun cil Thursday Mr Truman pre sided over the meeting at the white house Responsible informants said the council made no change in the American attitude toward For mosa despite many demands from members of congress that the United States should in effect place the island under the pro tection of American forces There were rumors that some congressmen had proposed that the president seek a deal with Chiang whereby Americans would take over air bases on the island in exchange for limited U S military aid Hears Reports Senator Connally D T e chairman of the senate foreign affairs committee said Sunday night that he had heard of these reports He had no further com ment Senator Knowland R C a 1 said he had not even heard of the reported proposal Knowland a champion of support for na tionalist China recently visited Formosa He and other congressmen have pointed out that the island is a potential link in an American Pacific defense chain against pos sible communist aggression Survives New Years Eve Murder Try Dallas Tex Her bert The Cat Noble a frequent target fcr gangland gunmen is ex pected to recover from R new as sassination attempt his doctor said Monday The silverhaired middleaged Noble was ambushed at his home in Oak Cliff Saturday night as he stepped out on to the front porch It was the 6th known attempt on his life and the 2nd within a month His wife Mrs Mildred Noble was killed Nov 29 by a dynamite charge planted in an automobile Officers said that explosive blast which rocked a wide section of Oak Cliff was intended for Noble The Saturday night wounding of Noble was the 3rd violent erup tion of gangstyle viqjence here in a month starting with the blast that killed Mrs Noble On Christ mas eve the king of the Dallas underworld Lois Green was slain by shotgun fire as he left a night club Noble showed up voluntarily and was questioned at length in the Green case One week later on New Years eve came the newest attempt on Nobles life He had expected it sooner or later and blamed it on hired hoodlums in the employ of a big gambler out west Because of his charmed life some of his acquaintances refer to Noble as Cat Nobles future plans were as much a mystery as the identity of the gunman who opened fire at him from an automobile Two shots were fired apparently with a highpowered rifle from a late model Hudson sedan parked in the street before the Noble house FBI Chief Against force to Handle Communist Menace Washington Director J Edgar Hoover Monday em phatically opposed creation of a national policy force to handle the communist menace He said in the current issue of Washington a George Washington university publication the proposal would mean tearing law enforcement from its democratic matrix and the creation of a state within a state a law enforcement system unresponsive to the will of the majority and obeying only the dictates of the governing few STORE FLOODED DCS Moines XP Water from an open tap on the 2nd floor of the Fleming building flooded about half the Plumb jewelry store here Sunday Ralph H Plumb store owner said most of the damage was done to the windows and parts of the ceiling plaster Social Security Law Seen in This Session 2 Charged With Banker Kidnaping Wichita Kans men one an exconvict were charged Sunday night with kidnaping a banker and holding him for 12 hours The banker R B McPherson 64 said he was abducted Thurs day as he got into his automobile in Shreveport La and forced to drive the pair through 4 states The men accused of kidnaping are R Avington Hutchins 31 Wichita and John Henry Dauer 60 an exconvict Lakeland Fla An argument in the back seat of a taxicab led to their capture Sat urday night McPherson a retired Shreveport banker said he drove through Louisiana Arkansas Missouri and Kansas before being bound and put out of the car near Redfield Kans FBI agents said neither man had a clear reason for their ac tion Hutchins said they just took McPhersons car because it looked like afast car Dauer is a paroled lifer from Kansas state penitentiary Can Leave Ship Bound for Shanghai Hong Kong UR American Consul General Frederick Hill said Monday that American crew members aboard the S S Flying Arrow who object to sailing to Shanghai will be permitted to leave the vessel here Hill said those who hav2 suf ficient funds to pay their own pas sage home will be permitted to break the ships articles and sign off in Shanghai without jeopard izing their status Normally a crew member who signs on a ship in an American port cannot leave the ship until it returns to that port If he does jump ship in a foreign part his papers are seized and he cannot sail again Hill also indicated the U S de partment of state will provide funds for those crew members who want to leave the ship but do not have money to pay their own passage home Ten members of the crew of 43 aboard the Flying Arrow owned by the Isbrandtsen line of New York City protested last week that they were being forced to sail through mined waters to Shanghai against their wishes Tulsa Bus Strike Goes Into 2nd Day Tulsa Oka buses stayed in the garage Monday as about 300 CIO drivers and me chanics extended their strike into its 2nd full day They walked off shortly after midnight Sunday in a dispute with Tulsa City Lines over new assign ments and operating schedules Full impact of the strike on the city will not be felt until Tuesday when the New Years holiday ob servance generally ends But taxi cabs did a landoffice business Sunday President Sends Greetings to Arabs Washington voice of America Sunday sent special greetings from President Truman to the Arab Arabic It was the 24th language added to the worldwide broadcasts Mr Truman expressed hope that the new program would serve to strengthen the ties of friendship between us and the bonds of our common interest in the preserva tion of peace and human liberties Weather Report FORECAST Iowa Rain southeast and freezing rain sleet or snow and colder west and north portions Monday night Tuesday rain sleet or snow and turning much colder Low Monday night 10 northwest to near 40 southeast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Monday Maximum 39 Minimum 35 At 8 a m Monday 36 Precipitation 01 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 21 Minimum 15 AP Wrephoto POLICE CAPTURE JOHN DAUER Policemen assist John Dauer after arresting him and R A Hutchins in a taxicab in Wichita Kans Saturday Police said Hutchins in a signed statement admitted he and Dauer kidnaped a retired banker R B McPherson at Shreveport La Thursday and dumped him out near Fort Scott Kans Dauer is an exconvict whose identification card gave a Florida address Nations Holiday Accident Toll Lower Than Predicted BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nation apparently took to heart advice that caution and care would be rewarded in the new year Americans bid 1949 farewell arp said hello to 1950 by dodging the violence which was tdj take an estimated 330 lives in traffic slaughter alone The extended New Year day was not without death still reigned on the highway and fire and violence took a wicked toll But the holiday week end moved to a close with acci dental deaths running consider ably lower than expected Saw 330 Deaths The National Safety Council whose figures usually are an ac curate forecast predicted 330 persons would die between 6 p m Friday and midnight Monday in traffic mishaps The council set no figure for other deaths However the final day of the extended holiday began with 180 dead in traffic accidents and there seemed little likelihood this fig ure would zoom to 330 Fires claimed 40 lives and 61 died in miscellaneous accidents for a total of 281 Two fires in New Jersey ended life for 8 youngsters Five chil dren perished when flames des troyed the 2room frame bungalow of John Davis near Hightstown Three little girls burned to death in Woodstown when an oilfed fire enveloped a stairway and cut off rescue 3 Children Die A fire near Rosenberg Texas killed 3 children and cine adult Fourteen people were burned in the blaze A mother and son drowned near Pulaski N Y when the mother attempted to rescue the boy after he fell through ice on a pond Two men were killed at Home wood 111 when their small plane crashed in a residential area and narrowly missed houses A father and 2 sons died when their small plane crashed near Chehalis Wash during a sudden snow squall Pound Baby Born Will Live Des Moines One of the smallest babies ever born in the United States is in an incubator at Iowa Lutheran hospital Doc tors say it will live The tiny child weighing only a pound and a half at birth was born Dec 16 to Dr and Mrs S Mentis of Des Moines The baby was 3 months premature The par ents named the child Regina S A Hanson administrator of the hosptial said Sunday Regina was not breathing and had no pulse when born and was dark in color Only a faint indication of a pulse in the umbilical cord gave doctors any hope artificial res piration for 3 hours before the tiny girl started to breathe They then placed her in an incubator Hanson said the girl gained more than a pound in the first week after birth and now weighs more than 3i pounds And he added she cries normally its really not much more than a weak squawk but at least its a noise WearOld Gets Traffic Ticket Los Angeles Smith has a traffic citation though he is only 8 A policeman ticketed him Sun day for crossing a street in the middle of the block West Prays for Snow on Anniversary of Blizzard Denver year ago Monday the worst series of snow storms in western history began For 7 weeks continuous blizzards almost suffocated the west Those storms took a terrible toll of human lives livestock and But they were helpful too for the melting snows filled mountain reservoirs with water in the spring assuring bountiful supplies of moisture for the past summer Monday on the first anniversary of that destructive storm farmers of the Rocky monutain states are praying for relieve a serious drought Monday morning snow was re ported falling along the western slope of the Rockies from the Ca nadian border to the Colorado New Mexico line East of the Rockies a cold mass of air from western Canada was pushing southward bringing snow and much colder weather with it Most of northern and eastern Wyoming reported snow Monday ranging up to about 6 inches in the Rock Springs region Coldest temperature report in the area was 32 below at Great Falls Mont early Monday morn ing Sheridan was the coldest spot in Wyoming with 10 below Colo rados frigid points were Frazier and Leadville with 17 above Congress to Go Back on Job Tuesday President to Outline Aims on Wednesday I Washington broad ex pansion of social security bene fits may be the chief contribu tion to President Trumans fail deal program from the session of congress opening Tuesday Mr Truman goes to capitol hill in person Wednesday to outline his midcentury years program with strong indications he wont get action on several of the major proposals he will lay before the lawmakers Those apparently marked for the shelf include his expected recommendations for compulsory health insurance TaftHartley law repeal the Brannan plan of farm subsidy payments and anyN tax increases he may suggest Excise Tax Cut j In fact congress seems set to1 wipe out some wartime excise levies on such things as trans portation luggageand cosmetics whether or not the president sug gests such action There are battles in the offing on some portions of the presidents refurbished fair deal program such as a proposed middleincome housing plan civil rights legisla tion aid to education continua tion of rent controls and any Riv er Valley development authorities he may suggest Even republicans seem likely to go along however Jn pushing through the senate a houseap proved bill adding lljOOOOOO per sons to the social security rolls and increasing pension and death benefits Representing a viewpoint of one who is often opposed to adminis tration proposals Senator Martin RPa said he will work for the broadening of social security Lucas called the democratic pol icy committee together Monday for the first of preliminary moves to get congress underway Tues day To Get Preview He Vice President Barkley House Speaker Rayburn of Texas and House Majority Leader Mc Cormack of Massachusetts will get a white house preview Tuesday of the presidents State of the Union message Lucas already has outlined a program that will put the senate to work Wednesday on a house approved bill to repeal the oleo margarine tax The measure invites a filibuster from butter state senators Since it is a revenue bill an excise tax repealer already approved by the finance committee could be of fered as an amendment L In New Glider Altitude Record Bishop Cal Robin son Arcadia Cal glider pilot broke the worlds altitude record by soaring 33800 feet above sea level m his single place sailplane Robinsons feat announced Sun day by Official Timer Harland Boss was 300 feet higher than the previous record set a year ago on the same airport Robinson held that one too McGregor Youth 7950s First Traffic Victim McGregror Boyle 19 of McGregor became the first traffic victim of 1950 Monday The car in which Boyle was rid ing crashed into the Catholic fuurcuh up 7 stePs and rammed the church doors Sheriff Forrest Fischer said the car went out of control when Boyle failed to make a turn in the street Boyle died at a McGregor hospital an hour after the accident SAME S 3t ktirs   

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