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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 20, 1950, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION umir VOL LVI Associated and United Press Full Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY FEBRUARY 20 1950 Thii Paper Consists of Two Oae No 114 One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor As Britain Goes to the Polls Again COMING on the heels of pro nounced socialist setbacks in Australia and New Zealand the general election in Britain this week is being watched with a worldwide interest Is socialism in retreat Thats the question being asked everywhere And what happens in Britain will pro vide something of an answer It isnt niy intention here to turn prophet Ive never been very good in that role I grew up in the same neighborhood with George Gallup Whether that would give me a claim to prophetic powers or not is highly questionable It even raises the question whether he possesses such powers In 1944 I came home from Eu rope feeling quite certain that the Churchill government would be unseated at a rather early date Dissatisfaction was in the air But I didnt expect that government change to come as soon as itdid and I didnt expect it to be by such overwhelming proportions Reduced Majority Certain In the present situation one doesnt need to be a prophet to foresee that the labor govern ments majority will be appre ciably reduced from its 393 to 189 than 2 to up in 1945 Churchill and his associates in the conservative party express confidence a return to power and there are some who suspect that the 10 or 15 per cent vote ex pected by the liberal party may give that relatively small group a balance of power in the new gov ernment All of this makes an interesting subject for speculation But in this visit with you Id like to deal with the principal differences between a British parliamentary election and an American presidential elec tion Its Different in Britain In our election of course we a president a vice president athird of the senate membership the entire house membership along with governors and other state and local officials But in Britain the procedure is quite different At a general elec tion the voters merely elect 625 men and women to of commons After the election the leader of the party which gets a majority iji the house more or less automatically becomes the nations Miners Get Another Order to End Strike GlobeGazette photos CHAMPIONSHIP DAYS ARE HERB the 2nd straight year Mason City captured the state high school wrestling tournament At left are the Mohawks 2cham pions Captain Bill Oglesby 155 and Kenny Meacham 129 just after they had received the title trophy from Supt E R Watson of Sheffield member of the IHSAA board of control And at right is the veteran mentor of the champs Howard Barker The Mo hawks won before a crowd of 3000 at Roosevelt fieldhouse Saturday night East Water loo was 2nd Ask Severe Punishment for Vogeler Budapest Hungary The trial of U S businessman Robert A Vogeler and 6 others on spy charges ended Monday with the prosecution demanding the most severe punishment Court was adjourned until Tuesday when the verdict Will be read Vogeler in an abject last word statement to the peoples court declared he had confessed to the any pressure or Dr Sander Goes on Trial for Murder in Mercy Killing Manchester N H Dr Hermann N Sander Mon day went on trial for murder in the mercy killing of a wom an cancer patient he could not heal The 41yearold country a faint smile of confidence quietly took seat in the tiny courtroom as the selection of a jury began The first juror was chosen in less than an hour With the doctor was his wife who left a sick bed to be by her husbands side in a trial that has stirred international feeling prime minister Its for this reason that the names of Clement Attlee and Win ston Churchill will not appear on the ballot used by most British voters Only in their own districts Attlee and Churchill appear on the bal lot And there they will be can didates for election to the house of commons not candidates for prime minister Can Leave Own District Thats perhaps the most striking difference between the British and the American election system But theres one other that is even hard er for an American to believe Its this In Britain a candidate doesnt need to live in the area from which he seeks election to com mons This was impressed on me in the fall of 1945 when I was priv ileged to visit Sir William Bev eridge widely known as the auth or of Britains social security pro gram This took place at his lodgings in Oxford where he was head of one of the colleges which make up Oxford univer sity At the beginning of our inter view I was told by the silvery haired little man that at 4 oclock he was going to have to be ex cused Was Announcing Candidacy Im announcing myself as a candidate for member of parlia rnent from such and such a con stituency he explained and its some little distance from here At just about this time a com pany of stage folk doing repertory plays in Oxford bolted in on us and for an hour or so we balanced teacups on our knees and ex changed social pleasantries One of the guests was John Giel gud perhaps the best Shake spearean actor of our day But to me on that occasion he was just a pain in the neck I wanted to Interview Sir William about his cradletograve security plan A Limited IntervieAV My conversation with him was limited to the brief time while he was helping me put on my top coat and seeing me to the door on my departure But I did learn and at first hand about the strange British system which permits a Briton to represent in parliament an area where he doesnt live Of course there arc certain for malities that have to be carried out in becoming a candidate Its not a simple announcement on the part of the aspiring politician Its necessary first of all to es tablish a contact and gain the sponsorship of the local party or ganization in the constituency where election is sought Some times this is done direct but more often its done through the central party office in London This cen CONnNUED ON PAGE 2 charges without insults I know I have to suffer pun ishment the assistant vice presi dent of the International Tele phone and Telegraph Co said but hope that the court will con sider my request for a mild sen tence and also the argumentation of niy lawyer The attorney for the 38 year old businessman admitted to the court that Vogelers activities caused tears and blood but he said Vogelers deeds cannot be considered from the same stand point as similar deeds by Hungari an citizens Prosecutor Gyula Alapi the same man who prosecuted Josef Cardinal Mindszenty and former Vice Premier Laszlo Rajk called Vogeler a great spy whose punish ment should be commensurate with his deeds Congressman Less Than One Weeks Coal Supply 55000 industrial Railroad Workers Idled by Walkout New York nations coal stockpile fell to less than a weeks supply Monday symbolic ally dimming the glitter of Times Square Unemployment threatened to snowball across the country as industry after industry announced plans for shutting down unless the strike of 370000 United Mine Workers is settled soon A nationwide cold wave with temperatures below freezing all across the northern half of the country burned the precious coal supplies faster And in New York this was the coldest day of the winter with the temperature falling to 108 degrees at a m 55000 Idle Some 55000 industrial and rail road workers already are idled as Fine 5 Trapped on Ice Floe for 14 Hours Dr Sander is charged specifi cally with giving air injections to Mrs Abbie Borroto 59yearold Manchester housewife dying of cancer to cut short her suffering Superior Court Judge Harold E Wescott solemnly explained to the prospective jurors why they were called and told them Dr Sander had pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder I am confident the judge said you will do your duty as Ameri can citizens JThen Judge Wescott gave an in diciation of the type of questions they would be he made no mention of mercy kill ing Among them Do you expect to gain or lose anything by the result of this case Are you related to the defend to Mrs Abbie Borroto Have you any contractual rela tions with the attorneys in the case Are you police officers or are you employed by the state in any capacity a result of the strike Times Square turned off its Sebewaing Mich IP Five ice fishermen stranded overnight on a Saginaw Bay ice floe told Mon day how they kept warm by hud dling together in an igloo they built and pacing a huge circle scratched in the snow The who suffered no appar ent ill effects from 14 hours in 12 degree temperatures were res cued Sunday by a skiequipped airplane All were from the Sebe waing vicinity Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy through Tuesday Low Monday night 7 above High Tuesday 22 Iowa Increasing cloudiness and a little warmer with some light snow or rain northeast portion Monday night Not quite so cold northeast Monday night Tues day parity cloudy colder south west Low Monday night 20 northeast 25 southwest Minnesota Partly cloudy through Tuesday except snow flurries north and extreme east portions Monday night Colder north west portion Monday night Low Monday night 1015 below northwest to near 5 above southeast High Tuesday 5 northeast to 15 southeast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Monday Another Singing Mouse Groomed Waterloo UR Eugene a mouse that warbles like a canary was being groomed Mon day as a possible rival to Mid night the singing mouse star of radio and television Eugene was trapped by Stephen Tedore who said he immediately realized Eugenes vocal possibili ties and shifted him to a diet of bird seed and cheese However Tedore reported that Eugene like Midnight occasion ally displayed the traditional prima donas temperament and refused to sing Midnight once kept a television audience of thousands waiting while his owner and station of ficials tried to coax him to sing Pays for Assault Upper Malboro Md Crawford RMich paid Monday and was released from jail where he had been held for 2 days on charges of striking a young prize fighter who worked for him The 61yearold peppery con gressman pleaded guilty to an as sault charge and was fined and costs by Magistrate Alan Bowie in Prince Georges county police court Crawford promptly paid up and left for home He had been held in the county jail since Saturday afternoon when he was arrested on the com plaint of 23yearold Ray Han bury an employe of Crawfords office and a tenant on the Craw ford farm near here Crawford said he stayed in jail as a matter of principle after officials refused at first to take a personal cash bond for his release After pleading guilty he said he had no further statement However he had told reporters earlier in the court room I slapped the fellow and Im ready to admit it If you violate the law you take the penalty and dont grumble about it Newspapers Protest Railway Express Rate Washington American Newspapers Publishers association protested to the interstate com merce commission Monday that rates charged by the Railway Ex press Agency Inc for transport ing newspapers are too high Representing 777 newspapers in this country Canada Alaska and Hawaii the association asked that the company be required to put into force rates which would be huge display electrical signs Sun day night turning Broadway Great White Way into just another street It was the 4th time since the war that New York has been dimmed out because of a fuel shortage caused by a labor dispute Elsewhere throughout the state however compliance with the or der banning electric signs of more than 200 watts was spotty with some cities reporting less than 5 per cent cooperation in the drive to save coal Homeowners in New York be gan to feel the pinch of the coa shortage Monday They have been rationed to one weeks supply p coal and must prove necessity h order to buy that May Confiscate Coal A spokesman for Gov Thoma E Dewey of New York warned that unless a break occurs soon in the strike the governor may ask the legislature for authority to confiscate all private coal stocks In Minnesota State Fuel Con servator James W Clark also has ordered fuel rationing asking dealers to limit deliveries to sup plies sufficient for one month The state of Massachusetts also was considering plans for rationing Twelve steel firms have cut back production throughout the country The latest was Jones and Laughlin the countrys 4th largest producer which plans to shut down operations in the Pittsburgh district by midweek throwing 25 000 employes out of work Violence in Coal Fields Breaks Out Pittsburgh broke out in the soft coal fields Monday as renewed defiance of miners back to work commands pushed their strike into its 7th week Two operators of a Kentucky coal company were beaten and equiprAent was damaged near Barbourville by a band of about 00 men Owners Douglas Blair and Douglas Noonan said they were attacked after telling the men the nonunion coal processing plant vas operating without a contract ut under the TaftHartley act Over the nation only a handful of strikers even tried to work fhey gave up under prodding of oving pickets Defying stopstrike orders from joth the government and John L Lewis United Mine Workers ig nored back to work whistles in all Dig soft coal producing states Reports from all fields showed he strike is as strong as ever with some 372000 refusing to work without a contract The coal states of Alabama Illinois Kentucky Oklahoma Vir ginia Indiana Ohio Colorado Wyoming and Montana all said no UMW mines are working except those few which signed new con tracts on Lewis terms C D CHUCK HILTON just reasonable lawful and otherwise TRAINEES OWN FARMS Washington veterans administration said Monday that 93 per cent of the 347000 GI bill farm trainees at the end of 1949 either owned their own farms or operated farms which they con trolled The remaining 7 per cent were training on farms owned by others 760 Maytag Workers Walk Off Their Jobs Newton 760 mem bers of the United Electrical Workers left their jobs in the new automatic washing machine plant of the Maytag company Monday in what union officials described as an unauthorized walkout The walkout was in protest against the firing of a machine shop employe for alleged incom petence The walkout started in the machine shop and spread to the rest of the plant UAW Chrysler Discuss Pensions Detroit of the striking CIO United Auto Work ers and Chrysler Corp returned Monday to a discussion of pen issue that caused the 27day walkout UAW President Walter Reuther is expected to participate person ally in Mondays talks They will be the first on the pension issue since regularlyscheduled nego tiations began 8 days ago Accept Resignation of School Superintendent Villisca Villisca board of education voted Monday to ac cept the resignation of Schools Superintendent C A Vernon who was in charge of school funds in which a state audit showed a shortage Board President O V Goodman said the vote was unanimous He said Vernon who offered to re sign several days ago was not present Larson Says Mobster Asked for Protection Waterloo Gen Rob ert L Larson said Monday a mem ber of the underworld had asked him for protection against possible assassins Larson head man in a statewide antigambling drive and a candi date for renomination in the Jupe 5 republican primary told a Ro tary club luncheon he refused the request made last fall He said he promised the man only that we would prosecute his assassin He made the disclosure in a speech in which he charged that evil forces are assembling in an effort to move toward legalized gambling in this years elections Commenting that the attorneys general of all states stand 462 against gambling Larson said that one of our number had a very unfortunate incident He said he referred to the pro viding of a bodyguard in California for mobster Mickey Cohen after the California attorney general had been informed Cohens life was in danger from the under world The bodyguard and Cohen both were shot in an assassina tion effort The same Newscasters Elect Hilton to Top Post Minneapolis C D Chuck Hilton news director of radio sta tion KGLO of Mason City was elected president of the Northwest Radio News association at the closing sessions of the 4th annual meeting and short course here Saturday More than 50 stations were represented at the meeting The 5state organization is spon sored by the University of Minne sota school of journalism Hilton succeeds Ray Thompson station KROC Rochester Minn Other officers named were Glenn Flint WDAY Fargo N Dak vice president Jack Kelly WRFW Eau Claire Wis secretary and William White KWNO Winona Minn treasurer Hilton was in charge of the Saturday morning session of the groUpAOne of the featured speak ers on the program was W Earl Hall managing editor of the Ma son City GlobeGazette who titled his talk A Newspaperman Ldoks at Radio Injunction Effective to March 3 UMW Also Facing Contempt of Court Action by Government j Washington Judge Richard B Keech Monday issued a new nostrike order against John L Lewis and the United Mine Workers It runs until March 3 Keech has had a stop strike order out since Feb 11 but the 372000 miners have ignored it Lewis himself has observed it to the extent of twice sending in structions to the miners that they should go back to work Contempt Action The miners refusal to obey the order has the government cast ing about for possible new ac tions to get coal mined One move that is a possibility is con tempt action against the United Mine Workers That could result in big fines on the union There has also been talk in congress of legislation to let the government seize the mines But democratic leaders are not taking to that idea House Speaker Rayburn D Texas said after a conference of legislative leaders with President Truman Monday that the presi dent hasno plans to ask such au thority Mr Truman said he does not want it No Seizure Plan Senate Democratic Leader Lucas 111 said he had not heard any talk of seizure legislation by the thing could have happened to me for I had the same request last fall from one here in Iowa Larson said My answer was different Files Bill of Particulars on Jackson Autopsy Iowa City County Attorney Jack C White Monday filed a bill of particulars in the autopsy performed on Margaret Ann Jackson 20 Burlington who died Dec 14 in a mens rooming house here White filed the bill in district court under an order issued by Judge James P Gaffney last Fri day when he overruled a defense motion for dismissal of Whites in formation charging Robert E Bed nasek 24 Cedar Rapids with first degree murder in the University of Iowa coeds death Contents of the bill were not dis closed Gaffney said a date for Bednaseks arraignment would be set in a day or 2 Judge Delays Coplon Trial for 1 Week New York Judge Sylvester Ryan ordered a one week recess in the CoplonGubit chev espionage conspiracy trial Monday to allow Government Girl Judith Coplons 3 new attorneys time to study the case The defense asked for a 60day adjournment which Chief Prose cutor John M Kelley Jr said was outrageous Ryan accepted Kelleys recom mendation of one week He di rected that the defense might re call any government witness who has testified so far Samuel Neuberger new chief counsel for Miss Coplon disclosed that she complained to Judge Ry an that her former attorney Ar chibald Palmer struck her Ryan appointed Neuberger Sydney Berman and Leonard Boudin Friday to defend Miss administration Rayburn said there was only general discussion of the coal sit uation at the white house confer ence He said told them he was so m c kind of report later Monday on the situation Presumably this is a report from his fact finding board and mediation officials keeping in touch with develop ments Keechs new order is technical ly an extension of his old one which expired Monday It serves to keep his temporary stop strike order alive until he can rule on whether to issue an 80 day injunction under the Taft Hartley law Attlee Strikes Back at Charge by Churchill London IP Prime Minister Attlee slappedback Monday at a conservative charge that the labor party is trying to reduce all Brit ons to the level of the least effi cient In a direct reply to the conser vative charge voiced by Winston Churchill the prime minister Coplon after she fired Palmer Air Force Wife Faces Trial for Slaying Husband said During the last 4J years there have been great changes and a considerable leveling up Some people call it leveling down Of course it depends where you start If you were right at the top you were leveled down If you were down you were leveled up If you were in the middle you are about where you were Attlee spoke at a campaign meeting in his election constitu ency of Walthamstown He appealed anew for the vote of the British working class which he described as the people we Frankfurt Germnny U are depending on to get this court Congress Vote Slated on Displaced Persons FEPC Maximum Minimum At 8 a m YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 28 11 8 22 9 GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Sunday Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Precipitation Snow YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 14 5 2 trace trace 38 9 By JACK BELL Washington gets down to real business this week after a long period of relative in action Test votes are possible on 2 top Truman persons and fair employment practices After 2 weeks of marking time while members ranged the coun try for political speeches in the names of Lincoln and Jefferson Jackson the senate may take up by midweek a bitterlycontested bill to open the gates wider to European refugees The house may get a chance Wednesday to decide whether it will debate the fair employment practices FEPC bill being fought vigorously by southern democrats Both issues have top priority on what President Trumtn calls his fair deal program They are the first to approach a show down stage in a 7week old ses sion that has been devoted largely to preliminaries and the clear ance of minor bills From now on the political heat is on with the administration trying to push through its pro gram in time for a proposed early August adjournment The first major foreign policy years outlay for the Marshall plan in Europe its uncertain way through a lineup of wouldbe budget cut ters at joint senatehouse foreign committee hearings Tuesday Scheduling a night session sen ate leaders called for a vote Monday on a bill to set up a per manent senate small business committee After that Senator Lucas of Il linois the democratic chieftain planned to seek action on a meas ure rejuggling cotton acreage quotas An amendment dropping potato price supports threatened to cause a lot of talk Lucas sponsored the amendment as a partial solution to the governments multimillion dollar surplus potato headache The senate previously had agreed to vote Tuesday afternoon on a measure affecting the Ari zonaCalifornia division of water from the Colorado river With that out of the Lu cas said he wants to bring up a displaced persons bill previously approved by the house in some what different form The meas ure would boost the number of refugees to be admitted to this country and broaden the base for S court ruled Monday that Mrs Yvette Madsen of Brooklyn is sane and ordered her tried on murder charges in the shooting of her husband an air force lieuten ant Shouting a denial that she shot Lt Andrew Madsen last Oct 20 the willowy brunet wept hys terically collapsed in her fathers arms and was carried out of the courtioom Arraigned on the murder charge Mrs Madsen 22 mother of 2 children was bound over for trial March 6 The maximum penalty for conviction under Ger man law is life imprisonment try through a very difficult eco nomic situation Lord Woolton chairman of the conservative party declared the election which will take place Thursday is neck and neck He told a political rally at Gran thamin the Midlands It Js going to be a great and exciting finish I hope you will do your duty by the conservative party their admission Senator McCarran who has fought the measure bit terly told a reporter he is ready for a lengthy battle in the sen ate McCarran has called DP of ficials from Germany for testi mony before the judiciary com mittee in a move labelled a de laying tactic by backers of the bill SAME Black flag means traffic death In pail II honrj Iowa Stoker Coal Low Selby Says Des Moines Q Selby state coal coordinator Monday described the Iowa situa tion as still touch and go Supplies of stoker coal are ex tremely low throughout the state he said Selby reported his only call for assistance over the weekend was for stoker coal at Wilton Junction BANKER DIES Davenport Hiegel 62 vice president of the Daven port Bank and Trust Co and a Davenport banker for 45 years died at a local hospital Sunday   

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