Saturday, April 15, 1950

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 15, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LVI Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires MASON CITV IOWA SATURDAY APRIL 15 1950 This Paper Consists ot Two One No 161 AWARD RECIPIENTSHolding the plaque awarded them m Des Monies Friday night as Master Iowa Editor Publishers by the Iowa Press Association are left to right S E Tennant editor Colfax Tribune John Press Honors Veteran Iowa Newsmen Des Moincs veteran Iowa newspapermen were honored Friday night by the Iowa Press as sociation as master editorpublish ers They were John Huston Ot tumwa Courier Stanton E Ten nant Colfax Tribune and Willis AP Wirephota Huston publisher Ottumwa Courier and Willis W Over holser publisher Sibley GazetteTribune About GOO Iowa daily and weekly editors witnessed the awards W Overholser Tribune Sibley Gazette Each received a plaque engraved a message stating that a com mittee of judges had agreed the recipient worked hard lived hon orably thought soundly influ enced unselfishly and is entitled to the highest honor in his profes sion Huston 69 began work for the Courier 52 years Ai that time he was paid a week to deliver and sell He also worked as a bootblack He left school when he was 16 and in his 2nd year of high school at the death of his father to help support the family Working in the Courier circula tion department he rose to man ager Later he went into the audit ing department then into adver tising and eventually was pro moted to business manager He became publisher of the Courier in July 1928 after the death of James F Powell Huston who has been active in community affairs has been a past president of the Iowa Daily Press association and a director of the Inland Daily Press association He is secretary of the Courier Printing Co and stockholder in other newspapers of the Lee group of newspapers Courier is one of which the Tennant 60 began his news paper career as an apprentice while in high school at Mt Ayr After graduation he attended Mid land Linotype School at Charles City Except for a year when he oper ated the Marble Rock Journal Tennants publishing career has been with the Colfax Tribune He has been editorpublisher of that paper since May 1920 Overholser 81 Ireton Clipper at published the Ireton for 13 years In 1906 he moved to Sibley where he purchased the Sibley Gazette which he edited and pub lished until it was consolidated with the Osceola County Tribune in 1931 Master editorpublisher awards were begun in 1932 and have been made annually since then The committee to choose the recipients is composed of the heads of the schools of journalism at the Uni versity of Iowa and Iowa State college and 3 publishers selected by the president of the Iowa Press association PAUL SMITH NAMED IOWA PRESS PRESIDENT Des Moines C Smith publisher of the Lyon County Re porter Rock Rapids was elected president of the Iowa Press associ ation at the close of the groups convention Saturday Carl Sexauer of the Ogden Re porter was named vicepresident and Ralph Shannon of the Wash ington Evening Journal was elec ted treasurer S E Tennant of the Colfax Tribune was reelected secretary One of 3 resolutions passed urged the association to promote the objectives of the Iowa Safety congress and cooperate with it in campaign to reduce accidents New members elected to the association board of directors are For 3 year terms Duane E Dewell of the Algona Advance and John H Burrows of the Belle Plaine Union for 2 year Willard Archie of the Shenandoah Sentinel for one year C Moore of the Wintcrset Madison tan The board of director1 re jected Don Reid of Des Moines as managing director Senator Asks for Red Names Ferguson Wants Budenz Commie List By MARVIN L ARROWSMITH Washington Fer puson RMich said Saturday former Communist Louis Budenz ought to hand senate investigators the names of the 400 communists he says are concealed in this country Ferguson suggested that Budenz turn over the names at a closed meeting of the senate foreign re lations subcommittee which is in vestigating charges by Senator McCarthy RWis that the state department has hired communists and fellow travelers Budenz onetime managing editor of the Daily Worker re nounced communism in 1945 and rejoined the Catholic church He now is on the faculty at Fordham university in New York He is scheduled to testify next Thursday at a public hearing ar ranged by the inquiry committee McCarthy has said Budenz will swear then that he knew Owen Lattimore Far Eastern affairs ex pert to be a member of the com munist party Lattimore already has testified under oath that he never has been v communist and that he never knowingly promoted the principles of communism Budenz told a Michigan audi ence last Tuesday that he could name 400 concealed communists in the United States but would not do it because I cant afford libel suits Ferguson noted that Budenz is coming before the senate commit tee under subpoena and will have immunity from any libel action He added that Budenz therefore ought to feel free to name the concealed communists at a be hmdcloseddoors meeting after the public hearing Ferguson is not a member of the inquiry group Senator Tydings the committee chairman said the committee ought to have from Budenz the names of any persons on his list of 400 who are employed in the state department GIVES AWAY BREAD Cherokee fi A Cherokee irocer was giving away bread The free bread for all Saturday customers is a result of a month old price war The price of bread skidded from 17 cents a loaf to 2 or a quarter then to 10 cents and atcr 2 for 15 cents This grocer Friday advertised free bread for all customers Saturday Truman Vetoes Kerr Gas Bill Believes Exemption of Free Operators Is Not Justified Washington fP President Truman Saturday vetoed the Kerr gas bill saying it would not be in the national interest The bill on which Truman sup porters were divided would have exempted independent natural gas producers from federal regulation After careful analysis and full consideration the president said I believe that such an action would not be in the nationalin terest The presidents veto message was addressed to the house where the legislation originated Since the house is in recess until Tuesday the message was delivered to the house clerks office The bill has been condemned by opponents as a profit grab by special interests and hailed by its sponsors as simply underscoring what congress meant to say 12 years ago Sales by independent producers of gas have not been regulated since congress enacted the natural gas act of 1938 but a recent su preme court decision left unclear the authority of the federal power commission to control the prices Mr Truman had until midnight Monday to act The president said he believed that authority to regulate sales of natural gas from producers and gatherers to interstate pipeline companies is necessary in the pub lic interest because of the inher ent characteristics of the process of moving gas from the field to the consumer Unlike purchasers of coal and oil he added purchasers of nat ural gas can not easily move from one producer to another in search of lower prices Natural gas is transported to consumers by pipe line and is distributed in a given consuming market by a single com pany The pjpeline companies and in turn the consumers of natural as are bound to the producers and gatherers in a given field by he physical location of their pipe ines which represent large invest ments of funds and can not read ly be moved to other fields in search of a belter price Belgian King Willing That Prince Rule Brussels King Leo pold III told the Belgians Satur day he is willing to abandon his power temporarily infavor of his son Crown Prince Baudoin 19 The king indicated however that his decision could nol be made before a vote of parliament is taken calling him back to the throne His words recorded at his home m exile in Switzerland were broadcast by the Belgian radio a few hours after the recording was brought here by special plane The king who has been in exile since the war left it to the govern ment and to himself to decide when the temporary relinquish ment of his powers to his son should be ended PremierDesignate Paul Van Zeeland who is trying to form a government to bring the mon arch back conferred with Leopold in Switzerland Friday Air Force Convicts Vet Accu PILGRIMS PACK BASILICA Vatican City More than 50000 pilgrims from many parts of the world packed St Peters Dasilica Saturday as Pope Pius icld his biggest generalaudience hus far of the 1950 Holy Year com Detroit Citizens Deplore Chrysler Strike in Protest Detroit citizens mittee told Chrysler corporation Saturday it was deeply worried by the 81 day strike and requested permission to sit in on negotia tions The committee composed of religious civic and business lead heard the CIO United Auto Workers position in the long walkout and has asked Chrysler 3 times to present its views The group chided the corpora tion for its refusal to meet with it and said we will be compelled to issue a further public state ment on the strike if Chrysler remains adamant Its letter to the corporation said that having committee members sitting in on negotiations would have a psychological value of in dicating to the principals the vital concern of the public in the strike Union and company bargainers started another weekend session inching toward settlement ob servers believed Bonus Board Slows Paying Until 1951 Withhold 18000 Checks Due to Fund Shortage DCS Moines OP The Iowa bonus board said Saturday it is throttling its operations so as to make the remaining funds last until the 1951 legislature can pro vide the money to finish the job C G Kelly Greenwalt of fice manager said the slowdown already is in progress After May 1 he added the mailing of checks will be reduced to about 500 to 1000 a month The legislature meets in January The indications are that about 18000 veterans will remain un paid until additional funds are provided Board Chairman C B Akers state auditor has estimated another will be needed Not Ready Anyway A lot of the claims would not e ready for payment for quite a while anyway Greenwalt com ncnted That is because the ad ditional number of claims are under investigation He emphasized that more than 200000 veterans already have been paidand explained the slow down was planned so as not to run completely out of funds before more is provided The boards cumulative report as of Friday showed 218950 claims have been completely pro cessed for payment They call for of the made available About 9000 of these remain to be paid which will be done by May 1 4000 Rejects Of the 251412 claims received about 4000 have been rejected and others are expected to be turned down from time tn time Despite the slowdown the board cannot accommodate one veteran Greenwalt related The veteran wrote the board Please keep my check and let it draw interest at 2i per cent I dont need it now Greenwalt said We dont han dle the claims that way His check will be sent to him in the regular manner 6 Per Cent Raise in Rents Found WashingIon National Association of Real Estate Boards reported Saturday that there was a median increase of 6 per cent in all rent in 100 cities after fed eral ceilings were lifted The 6 per cent is not an aver age In statistical use median is the point in a series so chosen that half the units in the scries are above it and half below The average might be more or less de pending on the relative ranges in the 2 halves of the table The cities surveyed the associa tions release said were 100 in which controls had been taken off since April 1 1949 It reported that rents were un changed for 75 per cent of the tenants again using a median fig ure It said that in onethird of the cities at least 80 per cent of all tenants had the same rent bill after ceilings were lifted as be fore In over onefourth of the cities it added 90 per cent or more o runt change MAKING WAY FOR SPORTS SHOW house resembled an indoor sportsmans paradise Saturday for the opening of the 2day Rod and Gun club sponsored sports show the 3rd annual show here Doors opened at 1 p m Saturday and will open at the same time Sunday A program each evening will start at with the Roose velt junior high band leading off Saturday and the Monroe junior high group on Sunday Workmen are seen getting their rolling stock in place at the fieldhouse They had a little trouble with this they made it as boat sportswear fishing rods outboard motors archery equipment and many other summer outdoor equipment items poured through the doors Saturday Try Your Luck Census Guesses Mason Citys New Population at 31000 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Its Iowas biggest guessing ame Yet therell be no winners no prizes In your city and all others the guesses nre being made by just everyone The question is Whats the cen sus going to show for Iowa for your town Federal census takers have been jusy 2 weeks working to produce n good time the exact figures Meanwhile the guess is on The amateur census prophets nclude such experts in their own communities as chambers of com rierce power company executives uperintcndenls of schools post nasters and mayors Under the plan of operation as oon as the census is completed in n individual town or city the count will be given to the mayor That wont be an official figure lowever It wont be officuil until announced in Washington and here wont be any compilation for he state until then Even the large cities hope to be hrough with the enumeration vithin 2 weeks to a month you know how close your guess was to the actual count The law requires that the secretary of com merce certify the official count to the president on Dec 1 Hilton Elected to Executive Committee of AP Broadcasters Charles D Hilton KGLO news director was elected a vice chair man of the executive committee of the Iowa AP Broadcasters at a meeting of the group in Des Moines Friday in connection with the spring meeting of the Iowa Radio News association Judge William P Butler Mason City was a speaker at the I R N A meeting Saturday Other officers elected by the or ganization of Associated Press member radio stations in the state were Gene Godt Des Moines chairman Ralph Childs Shenan doah George Freund Dubuque and Bob Mulhall Ames vice chairmen Cy G Douglass Des The last nationwide census RJines Associated Press bureau in i chief was named as exofficio member of the committee In a Perfect Performance Fonda Plays Mr Roberts After Wife Kills Herself By JOHN RANDOLPH Beacon N Y Henry Tonda went back to Broadway Fri day night after his wifes hastily irranged funeral and played Mr Roberts to an audience that whis kered the first news of her suicide from seat to seat Thirteen hours after dawn actors Beautiful society wife had cut her throat from ear to ear with a ra zor blade She was in a private sanitarium here 40 miles north of New York and was believed to be re covering from a nervous break down that followed her consent to a divorce She was 42 Only Way Her death note ended I am sorry but this is the best way out A doctor and nurse found her dying on the floor of the bath in her suite at a m Her death came just as Broad way heard rumors that romance V had cooled between the 44year old Fonda and Susan Blanchard 22yearold stepdaughter of Os car Hammerstein II the librettist and producer Fonda disclosed plans for a di vorce last December amid reports of a romance with Miss Blanchard Until then his marriage had been considered for years as one of the soundest in Hollywood and Broadway No legal action for divorce had been started When word reached Fonda in New York of his wifes death he hastened here with his wifes mother Mrs Eugene Ford Sey mour and went to the Craig House Corporation sanitarium After the death was pronounced a suicideby Dr L Edward Cot ter Dutchess county medical ex aminer a simple private service was held in a local funeral parlor Then her body wns taken to nenrby Hartsdale for cremation while the actor returned to New York In the 26 months of the hit Mr Roberts Fonda never missed one of the 882 performances But his understudy Marshall Jamison was rehearsing the part when Fonda pale with fatigue strode into the Alvin theater an hour before curtain time Fonda in Doubt Are you going to go on asked his press agent Leo Friedman I dont know said the tall lanky boyish looking actor Its awfully hard to say how I feel Then Leland Hayward the shows producer told him that only a fraction of the audience would know of Mrs Fondas death and that he would bar the press from the theater I could do a performance Fonda finally agreed Newsmen were barred by Hay wards order the show has been a sellout for months but play goers who knew the situation siid Fonda gave an unfaltering per formance As Mr Roberts he is the first mate in an emotionally tense war time sea drama relieved by in terludes of rowdy comedy After the play a flying wedge of friends shepherded Fonda through the lobby to a waiting taxi Mrs Fonda was the former Frances Seymour daughter of an old colonial family When Fonda married her in 1936 she was the young and wealthy widow of the late millionaire George Tuttle Bro kaw She was the mother of the ac tors 2 children Jane 12 and Pe ter 9 By her first marriage she had a grown daughter Frances who married Inst year Frienns said she agreed only re to a Nevada divorce aft er the separated last foil At the time ot the announcement Fried man lad said Fonda and Miss Blancnard a slatuesciuo beauty were very good friends aken 10 years ago At that time he Iowa population numbered 538268 persons The Associated Press newspapei ncmbers in have coop erated in a survey to show wha the best unofficial estimators say the census figures will list for ihcii own communities They all predic increases but the estimates vary widely Mason Citys population was es timated at 31000 on the basis of figures from the postofficc on the number of homes from the P G E on gas and electric meters and from the city on the number of water meters The official Ma son City census figure for 1940 was 27080 In Dubuque for example 6 ex perts haveguessed that citys pop ulation at 6 different figures All used information available in theii work and came up with figure from to 56437 Des Moines the state capital and largest city had 150819 resi dents 10 years ago but today the chamber of commerce and post master estimate the population will be close to 188000 Sioux City apparently will re tain its position us second largest city in the state Present esti mates place the population at 95 900 compared with 82364 in 1940 Other population estimates with 19401ccnsus figures in parenthesis follow Davenport 80000 Ce dar Rapids 77023 Wa terloo 75388 Council Bluffs 47500 Ottumwa 43000 Burlington 37000 Mason City 31000 27 Iowa City 25000 Marshalltown 22500 Kc okuk 18000 Ft Madison 8000 Charles City 10 511 Webster City 8500 and Atlantic 6500 5 II will be several months before LOSS Mitchell S Dak in Fridays fire that destroyed the Widmann hotel and 2 other busi ness buildings was estimated Sat urday at by insurance ad justers Meanwhile Red Cross officials making a tabulation of Widmann guests said they had accounted for 47 of 62 persons believed to have been in the hotel when it caugh fire Thore have been no report of lives lost in the blazp The ho tel register was destroyed Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Increasing cloudi ness Saturday night with a ow near 38 Cloudy and warmei Sunday with occasional showers likely High Sunday 65 cloudy west with showers extreme west Partly cloudy and warmer cast por tion Low Saturday night 34 to 40 west 30 to 35 east High Sunday around 60 Minnesota Sunday mostly cloudy and mild with showers likely west portion High Sunday 4855 north 5260 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics or the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Saturday Maximum Minimum At 8 a m as Spy 19YearOld Sentenced to 5Year Term St Paul Corporal Attempted to Give Secrets to Reds GarmischPartenkirchen Ger many A U S air force court martial convicted Cpl Gustav Mueller of St Paul Minn Sat urday of trying to give secret American military information to Russia The 19yearold airman was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment and to be dishonorably discharged from the U S air force Mueller testified in his own defense that he was only trying to trap some Russian spies when he gave away secret documents The court composed of 7 air force officers deliberated an hour and a half on its verdict after a 2day trial Mueller slim and darkhaired took the verdict quietly standing erect before the court The small courtroom in this picturesque Alpine resort was packed with about 100 American soldiers and their wives most of them here on holiday The court rejected Muellers claim that he was trying to catch soviet spies U S agents had tes tified earlier that they posed as Russian agents and that when Mueller gave them secret docu ments he told them he was doing so because I believe in commu nism They said he asked no pay PARENTS LOYAL S Paul Minn The step fa taer of Corporal Gustav Adolph Mueller said Saturday he and his wife will stand behind the boy Mueller was convicted in Ger many today of attempting to be tray secrets to Russia Edward A James St Paul said ne and Mrs James Muellers mother are going to do every thing we can to help him James said that if Mueller is sent to prison he will try to ar range a correspondence course for him so he can continue his educa tion Mr and Mrs James said they are mystified by Muellers behavi or His character was exemplary before he went overseas they said Pie has high intelligence They expressed the belief he is suffering from a case of ex mbitiomsm and is upset mental y They said they had never heard him talk about communism Muellers father died when the boy was 11 Mrs James married her present husband during World war II while he was serving in India with the U S army Abandon Hunt for Privateer Missing in Baltic Wiesbaden Germany en John K Cannon chief of the U S air force in Europe an nounced Saturday search for a navy Privateer plane missing for a week will be abandoned at sun down Sunday U S planes roared over the Baltic for the 7th day Saturday with scant hope they still may find the plane and Us crew of ten Cyclist Killed at Davenport 49 25 41 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 40 26 James J 24 of Lost Nation was m a motorcycle ac cident The vehicle which he was driving went out of control crashed into a sign post and then a fire hydrant Riding with Hughes was Verl 2SXSS 35 Bowers tatl serous injuries and was tSv f3 hospital for treatment Coroner H C Wildman said witnesses told him the motor cycle was traveling at a high SAME lUf inffit death im It hmiri