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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 8, 1950, Mason City, Iowa                                I NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY MARCH 8 1950 This Paper Consists of Two One No 128 New Blizzard Rides j Across Middle West Many Towns Are Isolated Wmds Dimmish In by Storm By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The winterweary midwest staggered Wednesday from an other round of crippling climatic blows Snows sleet gales and bliz eards whipped over areas from the northern plains through Iowa and headed for Lake Michigan A mass of cold air followed in the wake of the blustery cold March weather Hundreds as Storm Center Moves to East of towns were iso By UNITED PRESS Iowa shook the ice out of its eyes Wednesday as clear ing skies and diminishing winds brought cleaier visibility to the state after a lashing storm that halted traffic and left most of the states communication system covered with ice The storm center has moved eastward leaving gusty winds and local snow in eastern Iowa while wind in the west began dropping to ve locities of about 10 miles per lated with business nearlypar alyzed Highway travel was vir tually halted in many areas Scores of schools were closed Manymotorists and some school children were stranded in parts of the blizzard belt Damage to property was extensive Some rail and air travel was curtailed Communication service was wiped out over mostof North Dakota and parts of South Da kota Nebraska and Minnesota Amateur radio station operators were ready to handle emergency messages to areas cut off from outside telephone and telegraph communication Red Cross Alerted Red Cross chapters in midwest cities were alerted They were prepared to send food clothing and other relief supplies into the storm area Winds whistled across the mid west prairie lands at velocities from 35 to 65 miles an hour with gusts up to 85 and as high as 100 mph in someparts of the plains states The storms most devastating blows landed withtelling effects over the Dakotas Nebraska Min nesota Iowa and Wisconsin The winds diminished as they swept across Iowa into Illinois but the forecast for Chicago Wednesday was west to northwest winds rang ing from 35 to 45 mph Snow accompanied the blizzard throughout eastern Nebraska east ern South Dakota western Iowa and Minn es ota Roads were blocked by huge drifts in many areas Much Damage The winds caused much damage in cities with hundreds of win dows broken Thousands of tele phone telegraph and power lines were knocked out In Omaha alone between 150 and 200 power lines were reported down Sfflfeets in the downtown section werelit tered with broken glass from windsmashed display windows In Nebraska the Northwestern Bell Telephone company reported 54 communities remained isolated The snow and strong winds struck over parts of eastern Kan sas while the westernpart of the state was hit by a dust storm The strong winds also stirred up huge dust clouds in Oklahoma New Mexico Colorado and Texas But the weather btireau said the soilsearing winds in Texas should abate Wednesday when the weath er front passes into the gulf of Mexico Arms Flow to Europe Is Started Norfolk Va heavy plane hoisted an American bomoing plane aboard a French aircraft carrier this na tions billion dollar flow of mili tary aid to western Europe began The bomber its United States insignia replaced by the French tricolor was followed aboard by other war planes the first of 3 shipments to be carried to France by the escort carrier Dixmude Moments before the acting French ambassador Jean Daridan said the military aid program will facilitate the determined effort which France is making to ensure her own security a condition and consequence of the security of all Daridan said the brief ceremony on the pier beside the carrier constitutes a new and positive evidence of the common will of our countries to work together in an active partnership to preserve their free institutions and their free traditions hour The state highway patrol said only in the southeastern and south central parts of the state were highways near normal The entire western section reported highways at least 50 per cent ice covered and in the northwestern section all highways were reported open but some spots were limited to oneway traffic Blowing Snow The northeastern section of the state still was reporting blowing snow with limited visibility and the north central part of the state reported up to 75 per cent of the highways ice covered Surface and air traffic resumed a near normal pace Wednesday MidContinent and United Air Lines reported normal operations in Iowa and adjoining states thy Storm conditions Tuesday night halted a ChicagotoOmaha Grey hound bus at Coif ax and its 18 passengers spent the night in the American Legion hall Some 65 Blencoe consolidated school pupils spent the night in the school gymnasium when bus drivers were unable to take the children to their homes One bus driver completed his run but was forced to spend the night at a farmhouse at the end of his route Some 18 motorists who were un able to get through to their homes also spent the night in the Blen coe gymnasium A Des Moines to Ottumwa bus spent the night at Ivy but com pleted its journey after daylight Postpone Games The storm caused postponement of boys high school district bas ketball tournament games at Sioux City Orange City Manning Rock well City and Laurens A basket ball game at Council Bluffs was also called off Four girls basketball teams had to remain in Marshalltown after appearing in the state A A U tournament there Teams held there by the1 snow were Ce dar Rapids Steamboat Rock Ot tumwa and Wellsburg At Sioux City J w Washburn reported a stray team of horses took shelter on his front porch and refased to budgeduring the storm Municipal buses were taken off the streets there Tues day night Highway 6 near Lewis and highway 34 near Red Oak were temporarily blocked by stalled cars 80 Miles an Hour Winds up to 80 miles per horn1 were reported at Sac City The weather bureau said most of the snow was limited to less than 3 inches The h eaviest amounts were reported fromFort Dodge and Sioux City Elsewhere in the state snowfall about one inch with water contents varying from 43 inches at Sioux Says Federal Employe Joined 28 Red Groups Washington Mc Carthy RWis charged Wednes day that a state department em ploye Dorothy Kenyon is affil iated with at least 28 cpmmunist front organizations McCarthy made the accusation before a senate foreign relations subcommittee at the opening of an inquiry into McCarthys charges that a communist spy ring is oper ating in the state department The hearing got off to an up roarious start with Chairman Tyd ings DMd promising McCar You are going to get one of the most complete investigations in the history of this country In the senate recently McCarthy detailed the cases of 81 persons he said are bad security risks He named no names but said they either now or formerly were in the state department Presenting his first case to the subcommittee Wednesday Mc Carthy said Let us take the case of Dorothy Kenyon This lady according to the latest issue of the official reg istry of the U S government is on the commission on the status of women U S member on thecom missions of the economic and Aso cial council U S mission to the United Nations department of state Her salary is per year This lady has been affiliated with at least 28 communistfront organizations all of which have been declared subversive by an official government agency Nine of the 28 have been cited as sub Versive by the attorney general of the United States Later in her New York law office the 62yearold Miss Ken yon declared Senator McCarthy is a liar and taking cowardly refuge in his congressional im munity to smear innocent people She said she had battled Russian delegates in the U N for years Navy Critic of Johnson Loses Post Lawmakers Score Transfer of Top Medical Officer Washington Disclosure that a navy critic of Secretary of Defense Johnson is being trans ferred put of his high medical post raised some blood pressures in congress Wednesday The officer involved is Rear Adm Joel T B o o n e who has called Johnsons economy cutback of military hospitals a short sighted policy He has been the senior medical officer in Johnsons office and during his career has served as white house physician to Presi dents Harding Coolidge and Hoover besides winning the con gressional medal of honor in World war I Close Hospitals Congressional ire was centered in a house armed services sub committee which has been hear ing repeated testimony that with out consulting army navy and air force medical authorities John son ordered several military hos pitals closed in an attempt to save from to in operating expenses Boone was a witness Tuesday Military headquarters at the pentagon confirmed that 8 days ago Feb 28 Boone was told he was being removed from his post as chief of the joint plans and ac tion division of the defense de partments office of medical serv ices The department supplied no reasons Boone had been in disagreement during the last month with the proposed cutbacks planned by Johnson and Dr Richard Meiling director of the defense depart ments military medical Up to Navy What happens now to the out spoken naval officer a defense department representative said is up jto the navy This referred to the fact that on December 1 Admiral Forrest Sherman chief of naval opera tions made Boone available to Johnsons office Boone in his testimony said he 15 Die When Plane Crashes Into Home City to less than 10 at Des Moines Oskaloosa and Ottumwa The high reading Tuesday in Iowa was 58 degrees at Burling ton before the winter storms moved in and the low during the night was 3 above at Mason City Six small towns lost their tele phone service but the company expected service to be restored by noon These were Luverne Garden City Corwith Rake Britt and Joice Okay Billion CCC Fund Hike Washington 000 increase in Commodity Credit corporation funds was approved 17 to 2 by the house banking com mittee Wednesday The boost was approved on re quest of Secretary Brannan Bran nan told the committee govern ment investments in the farm price support program may rise i from as of last Dec 31 to a high of by June 30 1951 Under the new bill the borrow ing power of the CCC is increased from to AP Wirephoto RUINS HOLD BODIES OF PLANE CRASH VICTIMS The wreckage of a passenger plane and a southside Minneapolis residence into which it crashed Tuesday night hide the bodies of victims which firemen are hunting At either side are the neighbor ing houses damaged when the blazing plane plunged while trying to land in a blizzard considered closing of Johnsons 5 general proposed hospitals shortsighted and that this plus proposed reductions in the size of other hospitals would affect the training of medical personnel for the armed services Bonus Board Runs Out of Check Funds Des Moines UR State Comp troller Ray Johnson Wednesday wrote the last bonus check he will be able to write until more money becomes available Johnson has now written checks for all money available to the bonus board to pay a state bonus to World war II veterans How ever more money will become available after the sale of the final block of bonus bonds by State Treasurer John Grimes Thursday Officials said it is usually about a month after the sale of the bonds before the money is available to Craft Caught in Storm at Minneapolis One of Wings Hit Flagpole at Fort Snelling Cemetery Minneapolis Northwest Airlines plane crashed into 3 south side homes Tuesday night after one of its wings had struck a flagpole towering over graves in the Fort Snelling national cemetery Fifteen persons were killed in the crash and in the fire that fol lowed Ten of them were passen gers Three were crew members Two were children whose parents had just tucked them into bed in an upstairs bedroom of one of the homes struck by the plunging plane Their home caught fire im mediately The Martin 2 O 2 was trying for an instrument landing during a blinding howling snowstorm Struck Pole Wednesday it was established that the planes left wing struck the heavy steel flagpole North west Airlines operations officials said A small piece of the front spar of thewing was found nearby The cemetery is at the south end of the airport Flames from the exploding plane lighted a scene of horror Neighbors rushed a ladder to the blazing home of Mr and Mrs Franklin Doughty in an effort to rescue 2 children trapped in their bedroom Fire drove back the res cuers however and the children Tommy 8 and Janet 10 perished in the flames My babies my babies sobbed Mrs Doughty whowas lying bleeding in the snow from an arm injury I them goodnightr Please save theni some body Stands Witnesses said Doughty was standing barefoot in his backyard crying for help for the children Shafts of flame fired the neigh boring homes of Mrs Robert Cahn and Irving Luger Occupants of the houses fled to safety The flight originated at Wash ington D C The plane stopped at Pittsburgh Cleveland Detroit and Madison Wis Heavy weather prevented a landing a LRochester Minn It was scheduled to proceed to Winnipeg Manitoba via Fargo and Grand Forks N Dak J Find Boys Body in Swollen Stream Waukon Wed nesday found the body of Gary Lee Collins 8 in a stream near here The boy was reported missing Monday night after he failed to return home from school Garys body was found hooked beneath a boulder in a swollen gtfeam about 12 miles northeast of here on the Roe Brothers farm Sfearchers had looked for the boy In the stream Tuesday but the of the water prevented thorough search Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Wednesday night and Thursday with diminishing winds Low Wednesday night zero to 5 below High Thursday 25 Iowa Clearing and colder Wed nesday nightThursday partly cloudy and rathercold Low Wednesday night zero to 5 be low north zero to 5 above south Minnesota Fair and cold Wednes day night Thursday fair warm er west portion Low Wednesday night 1020 below north to 05 below south High Thursday near 5 above northeast 2530 southwest IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Wednesday Maximum 46 Minimum 3 At 8 a m 4 Precipitation 05 Snow Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 42 Minimum 29 000 The CCC supports farm prices by loans or purchases that re move pricedepressing surpluses of various crops from the market RESCUED FROM FIRE Cedar Rapids small children were rescued Wednesday from a fire which destroyed their small home in Worthington Acres a Cedar Rapids suburb Their father Carl Van Houton noticed the fire from a neighbors home bonus board Johnson wrote 1100 checks Wednesday totalling That brought the total number of checks written to 204996 for a total of About more has been set a side for administra tive expenses for the bonus board The board will have more available after the sale of the bonus bonds but that amount will have to last until the legisla ture meets next year Board officials have estimated they will have to ask the legis lature for about more to finish paying the bonus claims Board officials said they expect to decrease bonus board person nel about April 1 but no informa tion on the number of persons to be discharged was available AP Wirephoto HOUSES BURN AFTER FATAL PLANE houses attacked byfire stand on either side of what is left of the home of Franklin Doughty into which a Northwest passenger planecrashed Tuesday night while trying to land duringa bliz zard in Minneapolis Fifteen persons were killed Would Broaden Proposed Study of Coal Industry Washington esid ent Trumans request for a commission to study the coal industry Wed nesday ran into republican pro posals that the survey include ways to deal with critical strikes The suggestions for broadening Mr Trumans program came from GOP Senators Butler of Nebraska and Watkins of Utah Both are members of the senate interior committee That group plans to hold hearings soon on the presidents plan and on similar legislation introduced earlier by Senators Humphrey Morse ROre and Douglas D 111 In letters Tuesday to Vice Pres ident Barkley and House Speaker Rayburn Mr Truman withdrew the mine seizure bill which he sent to congress last Friday before settlement of the coal strike At the same time he renewed his request for the coal study com mission and submitted a bill to provide for it Butler noted that the president in outlining the scope of the pro posed study said nothing about having the commission look for a more effective way to deal with national emergency strikes The presidents idea is con structive as far as it goes But ler told a reporter But I would like to have the commission take a look at the feasibility of putting on the books a permanent law which would let the government take over struck plants or mines UAW Turns Down Loan From UMW Detroit JP The CIO United Auto Workers Wednesday turned down a loan offered by John L Lewis United Mine Work ers to help finance the 43dayold Chrysler strike At the same time however the UAW told Lewis it would be happy to accept any outright contribution you or your organiza tion may wish to make to the Chrysler strike fund The auto unions answer was in a letter signed by President Wal ter Reuther He said Because of the generous con tribution of UAW members in plants other than Chrysler and of organizations outside the UAW we have not found it necessary to borrow money to support the strike and do not anticipate that we shall while we cannot accept your offer of a loan we appreciate your interest and the expression of solidarity of your organization As peace talks with the company resumed Wednesday the UAW threatened to raise its demands for each day the strike continues About 140000 persons have been idled by the dispute 89000 of them directly BIG HAUL New York New York PhilharmonicSymphony reportec Wednesday that a thief had en tered its instrument room am marched off with the bigges thing he could find the bass drum Defense Rests in Mercy Slaying Case of Sander Manchester N H defense in the Dr Her mann NSander mercy death murder trial rested Tuesday Defense counsels brought their case to a close after Dr Richard F Ford noted Harvard pathologist insisted the accused doctor could not havej killed a cancer patient with air injections Judge Harold E Wescott called arecess before the state opened its rebuttal First he discussed with the jury the question of how the autopsy on the dead wopans body came about The judge said a dispute had arisen over the autopsy on Mrs Abbie Borroto and he felt it was up to the court to give the jury the facts The prosecution did not order the autopsy the judge explained because Attorney General William L Phinney thought it would serve no useful purpose Then the defense decided upon an autopsy the judge said and while the state made no objection the defense argued it was free to go ahead with the autopsy with out any authorization from the prosecution What you need to know Judge Wescott told the jury was that an autopsy was performed with the consent of Mrs Borrotos hus band by Dr Ford at the request of the defense and in the presence of state pathologists Earlier the vein segments from Mrs Borrotos arm on which the injections were made were brought into the court The segments were not shown to the jury Bradley in Analysis of U S Defense f Washington Omar N Bradley Americas No1 mili tary man said Wednesday that present forces cannot give the United States an absolute guar antee against a disastrous blow But I feel that we are going to achieve the necessary forces to prevent a disastrous attack from cripplingthis country the chair man of thejoint chiefs of staff said in a speech prepared for delivery before the Womens National Press club I alsobelieve that our forces in being and our mobilization base wiil besufficient together with the forces and potential of friendly naitons to win a war if it comes he added Bradley made a sober analysis of this nations military position as comypared with that of Russia He praised the navys antisub marine program and the armys economyg eared emphasis on combat strength at the expense of supporting personnel Over a long period of peace time he said the United States should not expect to match the Soviet Union plane for plane ship for ship division for division without lowering its standard of living Fort Dodge Man Okayed for ICC Post Washington fP The senate commerce committee Wednesday approved President Trumans nomination of Richard S Mitchell of Fort Dodge Iowa for another term on the Interstate Commerce Commission The committee also approved the nomination1 of Capt Alfred C Richmond formerly of Waterloo Iowa to beassistant commandant of the U S Coast Guard with the rank of rear admiral While Mitchell was before the committee Senator Brewster R Maine commented it is conspic uous that the northeast part of the country is not represented on the 11member commission There is another vacancy still to be filled on the commission No witnesses appeared for or against Mitchells nomination or that of Captain Richmond who now lives Va across the Potomacfriver from Washing ton Senator John DColn noted that Mitchell had been a member of the democratic state central committee in Iowa from 1924 through 1932 That15 he laugh ingly told Mitchell cour age at that particular time IN MINORITY Washington Seven of Iowas 8 republican congressmen voted with the minority Tuesday when the house approved repeal of federal taxes on oleomargarine Gross was not listed as voting SAME White ting meatu no death tm put 24 houri i   

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