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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 19, 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 VOL LVI Associated Prcss and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON C7TY IOWA WEDNESDAY APRIL 19 1950 This Paper Consists of Two One No 164 FLOOD WATERS DAMAGE and flood waters from Cannonball through Mott N Dak ripping holes in buildings knocking down telephone poles and flooding between 50 and 75 homes Postal Service in Drastic Cut Washington cutback in nationwide postal service was termed outrageous Wednesday by Senator Wiley Fifty million tired taxpayers have been hit in the mailbox by this ruling Wiley said in a state ment He said there is a need for more mail service rather than less mail service Wileys protest came on the heels of orders by Postmaster Gen eral Donaldson to postmasters 3000 Driven From Homes by Floods Bismarck N Dak paging rivers poured new torrents over large parts of North Dakota and Minnesota Wednesday to drive added hundreds of fam ilies from their homes The Red Cross estimated 3000 persons were homeless in North Dakota Jamestown N Dak where 500 families were ousted by the nor mally placid Pipestem river faced a new threat as the James river throughout the nation to curtail a new inrear me daines ri started to move over its banks home deliveries to one a day and take other steps to reduce the postal deficit If congress wants to reduce postal costs Wiley suggested it could 1 Take out the airmail subsidy 2 Remove free mail costs of congress and government and 3 Allocate these costs to budgets other than the postoffice Washington UR Posttnaster General Jesse H Donaldson Tues day ordered sweeping curtailment of most types of postal service throughout the country He said reduced appropriations required a cut in residential and business deliveries of almost all kinds of mail In the departments biweekly bulletin sent to all postmasters Tuesday Donaldson ordered the reduction to be started at once and to be completed by July 1 The curtailments were oidered as follows 1 All city residential deliveries will be cut from twice to once a day 2aSaturday services of business offices will be cut in some parts of the country from 3 to 2 trips and in others from 2 to 1 trip a day 3 Street box collections will be kept at a minimum with the fi nal collection made by p m 4 Between 6 p m and 6 a in only first class mail parcel post and daily and weekly newspapers will be handled Presumably this means weekly magazines will not uc serviced daring the night 5 Bui k mailings of second third and fourth class mail will be accepted only between 8 a m and 6 p m 6 All window service at post offices will be stopped at 6 p m And where possible at 5 p m 7 Postoffices will be closed all day Saturday if possible and par cel post service will be eliminated j wherever possible on Saturdays Some observers saw the move I as retaliation against the re duced appropriations for the de partment and the failure of the administration to get congress to I raise the rates on second third and fourth class mail Richard Stoudt Red Cross dis aster committee chairman said of the houses in Jamestown a city of some 10000 already were under water in the southsouthwest sec tion along the Pipestem Crews of national guard and Jamestown college student volun teers Tuesday night moved fam ilies from the northnorthwest section perilled by the James rapid rise In northeastern North Dakota the fieldhouse at the state univer sity was converted into a giant dormitory for refugees as the rap idly rising Red river of the north hit a 4110 level 1310 feet above flood stage Boat crews evacuated 200 fam ilies from their Grand Forks homes Tuesday night and early Wednesday An added 100 fam ilies were taken to the campus haven from East Grand Forks Minn City Engineer A F Hulteng said Hulteng predicted a 445foot crest for this weekend feet above the flood mark and greatest height reached since the Red hit a 502foot level in 1897 New Spending Mark Seen for Truman Grant Faces 16 Counts in L A Tragedy Sweetheart and Wife Stand by Jailed TimeBomber Los Angeles wife he plotted to murder and the sweet heart he strung along with promises of marriage both said Wednesday they would stand by timebomb Grant Lothario John H Miss Dorothy Dunn acting Arrest Man on Robbery Count Charles bartender awaited grand jury action Wed nesday on a robbery charge after a nightclub employe identified him as the man who knocked her down and robbed her of the clubs receipts Carl Schafer waived prelim inary hearing on the charge Tues day and was bound over to the grand jury under bond He was arrested earlier when Mrs Mabel Madsen employe at the Castle club told police she recognized Schafer former bar tender at the club as the man who robbed her She said a man knocked her down early Tuesday near the trailer camp where she lives and grabbed the money Meanwhile police also investi gated the report of Mrs Schafer that she found money in the drive way of her home She charged the money had been planted to frame her husband postmaster in Mason City stated Wednesday that the local postof fice had not received instructions on the curtailment orders and therefore was not able to L r Kf mine to what extent the new proVV QCLtllQl KcDOf L gram will affect the local postal j i 1 J J service A bulletin on the matter may be received postmaster stated Thursday the lOttumwa Executive i Killed On Curve Fairficld Foster 44 I president of the Ottumwa Mill and Construction company was killed early Wednesday in a traffic acci dent I Highway patrolmen said Fosters car apparently went out of control Ion a curve It crashed into a tele phone pole on Highway No 34 seven miles west of Fairfield Fos ter died a short time later in the Fairfield hospital 1 The body will be taken to David City Ncbr his former home for burial FORECAST Mason City Clearing Wednesday night with low near 26 Partly cloudy and cool Thursday with high near 50 Iowa Thursday fair and contin ued cool Low Wednesday night 2530 northwest 3035 south east High Thursday 4752 Minn csota Thursday generally fair a little warmer west por tion in afternoon High Thurs day 3540 northeast to 4550 southwest IN MASON CITY Globe Gazette weather statis tics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Wednesday Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Precipitation 54 34 38 02 BY LYLE C WILSON Washington budget experts predict that Pres ident Truman will break all Roo sevelt peacetime treasury deficit records this year They estimate that for the fol lowing year Mr Truman will break his own record with a treasury deficit of well over 000000000 Both the 1950 and 1951 Truman deficits are estimated well above Franklin D Roosevelts peacetime high in the 1941 fiscal year when the treasury went into the red In that Roostvelt year as at the present time the United States was in a state of uneasy peace but was spending huge sums for pos sible war Five months and one week after fiscal year ended in 1941 war hit the United States at Pearl Harbor Mr Trumans prospective 1950 and 1951 deficits were announced Tuesday by Chairman Walter F George D Ga of the senate fi nance committee He gave the sen ate a report from the joint con gressional committee on internal revenue Underestimated The committee reported that the fiscal 1950 deficit would be about 86700000000 and for fiscal 1951 about Its 1950 fig ure is approximately 000 more than Mr Truman count ed on in his January budget mes sage to congress FDR never was able to balance the governments budget The def icits began in fiscal 1931 during Herbert Hoovers administration That year it was a mere 000 but what to do about it had the country in a tizzy of anxiety and dispute The deficit zoomed to the following fis cal year which ended on June 30 1932 Mr Roosevelt elected presi dent the following November Since then the government has been in the red every year but 2 The surplus years were 1947 and J948 when the treasury collected moic than it spent Who Gets Credit Who gets credit for those 2 lone some surplus years is a matter of political dispute Republicans make the point that their party was in control of both house and senate at the time The congressional committee es timate of a deficit for the 1950 and 1951 fiscal years will set off another economy up roar in congress The committee reported that the cause of rising deficit estimates was falling fed eral revenue Taxes are not rais ing as much money in practice as Mr Truman estimated last Jan uary Senator Harry F Byrd has been ringing alarm bells for years in protest against continued deficits He and others contend that consistent spending of larger sums than can be collected in taxes finally will destroy the nation in an explosion of inflation Mr Truman consistently has re plied that the government is being run as economically as possible and that some more deficit spend ing will not do any harm He is committed to the free spending High tax big deficit program on which he waged his successful 1948 campaign for the presidency It follows in general outline FDRs political program which won the voters to the demo cratic party in 1932 and had kept them there ever since barring only the election of a republican con gress in 1946 Darkhaired Mrs Betty Grant and goldenhaired airline Stew ardess Elizabeth Suomela both pledged themselves to help the 31yearold aircraft engineer who plotted to timebomb last Monday an airliner with 16 persons aboard to collect insurance on his wife and 2 children The curlyhaired Grant in jail facing 16 counts of attempted murder complained that all his troubles stemmed from love Planned to Collect He said he planned to collect the insurance money to pay off in debts from another love paternity suit he lost in New York 3 years ago to Helen Kozicka Hansen a tall dark secretaryAt that time he admit ted he was the father of her baby girl and agreed to pay her a week for the babys support Former fellowemployes of Grant in New York and California said he was noted for the many girls he liked to take out for a good time But his wife and his sweetheart Miss Suomela who have never met each other said they would not abandon him I intend to stand by him said plump and motherlylooking Betty Grant 29 I dont feel bitter to ward him I dont have any feel ings Loved Him I want to help him if I can I did love him Even as Miss Suomela vowed to aid her lover he told police he was just stringing her along with a pack of lies to keep their 3 year affair alive He repeatedly discounted the possibility that he put a time bomb aboard the United Air Lines DC3 in order to pave the way for his marriage to the 31yearold stewardess Police placed Miss Suomela completely in the clear but con tinued investigating Grants past for other links to motivation for the near sky disaster Concerning that near tragedy Grant said I never gave a thought to the other passengers on the plane Fire Set Sheaffer Damage Near Million Fort Madison and ex plosion in the main office build ing of the W A Sheaffer Pen company severely injured 7 per sons Wednesday and caused clam age estimated unofficially at as high as million basement and first floor of lhc modern 3story building were damaged extensively Or ders and records of the national lyknown firm were burned and laboratory equipment and sup plies including valuable experi mental tools and dies were des troyed The main plant of the company which is in a separate building nearby was not damaged by the fire but it was shut down for the afternoon because of an interrup tion in its utility services Sheaffer officials declined to make an official estimate of dam age W F Heising vice president in charge of property said the fire was caused when an oldtype plas tic being sawed in the basement experimental laboratory ignited from friction As the fire blazed up men in the laboratory left and closed the doors into it About 250 em ployes in the office building im mediately were evacuated The explosion occurred about 15 min utes later when firemen and la boratory employes opened an out side door into the laboratory to get at the blaze Chief damage was confined to the basement and first floor The concrete first floor was sagging into the basement as a result of the explosion The first floor ceiling also was sagging The building was 12 years old FIRE AT MUSCATINE Muscatinc ff Fire of un known origin heavily damaged machinery and finished goods at the Perkins Fresh Water Products Co here early Wednesday Two fire companies answered the call at a m Firemen said automatic machin ery used in the finishing of pearl products was damaged and fire destroyed finished merchandise in the adjoining stock room The loss was partly covered by insurance Canadian Is Arraigned Here on Truck Theft Edward Fletcher Bishop 41 was arraigned before U S Commis sioner Nate Levinson in Mason City Wednesday afternoon on charges ol transporting in inter state commerce a motor vehicle knowing it to have been stolen He was taken to the Humboldt county jail by Deputy U S Marshal Ed Halbach when he failed to furnish bond which was fixed at He is to appear in federal court to answer to the charge Bishop was arrested Tuesday at Charles City by the FBI and if the story he told officers proves true he may face charges of kid naping and hijacking of trucks according to JL Dalton special agent in charge of the Omaha field office of the FBI He told the FBI agents that he had held up several truck drivers with a toy pistol and had forced them to accompany him through several states before abandoning first the driver and later the truck His arrest at Charles City was on an indictment voted by the federal grand jury at Sioux City in 1949 in connection with his alleged theft of a truck from his employer Claude Wyrick Cas cade He abandoned the truck in Chicago He also embezzled of Wyricks money officers claim Bishop a Canadian citizen ac cording to the FBI has a record which goes back to 1926 and al ready has served time in the Iowa state penitentiary at Ft Madison Slate and federal officers had been seeking him ever since the Cascade incident Admits Escapades Bishop has admitted a contin uous series of escapades during the last 2 years officers said and after his arrest at Charles City a new toy pistol such as he claims to have used in his kidnappings was found in his hotel room there He admitted that he had just lost a job and was ready to start on a new series of robberies His ar rest followed his recognition by a truck driver The man is an accomplished truck driver the officers said and planned his robberies after getting a job as a driver They said he admitted getting a job for Wil liam Campbell Indianola in June 1949 and driving a tractortrailer to Mason City where he cashed 2 checks for belonging to his emplo3rer He then picked up a load at the Dr Salisbury labora tories in Charles City drove to Clinton and abandoned the truck there He then went east he told of ficers hitchhiking a ride with a truck at Cleveland bound for Florida Enroute he held up the driver with a toy pistol he said and when they got to Florida he forced the driver out and later abandoned the truck Given Expenses Returning to Cleveland he hired out as a driver and was given expense money He started for New York with a load but aban doned the trailer at the edge of Cleveland and the tractor in New York He then went to Philadel phia and using the same tactics abandoned another truck at Pitts burgh Next he went to the St Louis terminal of the firm he had hired out to in Cleveland waited a block from the terminal and caught a ride with a truck to East St Louis where he held up the driver with a toy pistol They continued on to Cincinnati On the way there he admitted he forced the driver to cash company checks and give him the funds Outside Cincinnati he locked the driver in the trailer and soon afterward abandoned it US Awaits Reply on Plane Shooting Toughness of U S Note to Reds Believed Peace Aid By DEWITT MACKENZIE AP Foreign Affairs Analyst Americas note to Russia regarding the shooting down of an unarmed U S plane overthe Baltic sea with the loss of a crew of 10 is tough in any mans language The communication is introduced with the punctilious GETS NEW BOX PLANT Marshalltown new plant to manufacture corrugated paper boxes will be erected here with operation expected to start by Au gust it is announce by Ed Mar tin It will be the first such plant in Marshalltown Martin lias been associated with a Chicago box fac tory firm phraseology of diplomatic guage but soon develops a thoroughly 2fisted approach in which blunt demands are made Its the straightforward talk which if it had been employed with Hitler might have prevented the 2nd World war Maybe your columnist is hipped on appeasement but having followed British Prime Minister Chamberlain through the appeasement parleys with Hitler at Berchtesgaden Godesberg and Munich I believe there are times when peace is maintained by toughness Be that as it may the substance of the note is this The U S navy unarmed air plane did not fly over any so viet or sovietoccupied territory or territorial waters adjacent thereto It must be concluded that a soviet aircraft shot down an unarmed American plane over the open sea And now the note gets really tough Note Warms Up The U S government protests in the most solemn manner against this violation of interna tional law It demands that the soviet government institute a prompt investigation It de mands that there be no repitition under whatever pretext of inci dents of this kind which are so clearly calculated to magnify the difficulties of maintaining peace ful and correct international re lationships The U S government confi dently expects that Moscow will express regret for the unlawful and provocative behavior of its aviators will see that those re sponsible are severely punished and will pay appropriate indem nity for the unprovoked destruc tion of American lives and prop edty This note was in reply to the soviet charge of April 11 that a U S plane had flown over Latvia and exchanged gunfire with so viet aircraft Whatever the Amer ican reply lacked in bluntness was added verbally by Michael Mc Dermott state department press officer who declared at a news conference This attitude of the soviet gov ernment shows clearly the insin cerity of its oftproclaimed desire for peaceful relations with the United States and the nonsoviet world in general Raises Diplomatic Point Well now having thus declared forum for it TellsTrumanto Abandon Floors on Perishables Washington UR Chairman Harold D Cooley of the house agriculture committee told Presi dent Truman Wednesday it may be necessary to abandon price supports for perishable farm com modities The North Carolina democrat told newsmen he gave the warn ing to Mr Truman and other ad ministration leaders at a white house conference on the future of the farm program Government support for perish able foodstuffs may have to be given up Cooley said to avoid a breakdown in the program of supporting basic storable com modities such as wheat andcotton No Chance for Brannan Cooley said he also told the leaders that the Brannan producer subsidy plan has no chance of passing congress this session and urged them to come up with something better He said he has scheduled committee hearings to get all possible ideas on what to do about supporting perishables such as potatoes I dont want to see the farm program that has worked so well for basics broken down and des troyed because of the perishables Cooley said It may be that we will have to abandon support of perishables and the sooner we face up to that the better Practically every time we try tS support perish ables such as potatoes we take losses while we make a profit on the basic program The government makes loans to farmers on their crops or buys in the open market to prevent surpluses from causing prices to fall below pegged levels In the case of basics such as wheat and cotton the commodities are held for better marketing periods On perishables however there have been heavy losses by spoilage Wants New Program Cooley said he offered Secre tary of Agriculture Charles F Brannan all cooperation in working out a new program and told him we will provide the our position where do we go from here Supposing Moscow tosses back the fighting reply which our General Anthony C McCauliffe made to the German demand for surrender in the battle of the bulge Nuts Does the United States government then have to sever diplomatic ielations Not so many years ago such notes as have been exchanged be tween Moscow and Washington over the Baltic affair would have had grave results However we are passing through a strange and hectic period in which values have changed sharply at least temporarily There is no present indication that this new quarrel is worse than numerous other develop ments in the cold war America certainly means business in the present instance biit a Russian rejection might result in another stalemate That would mean a Mr Truman conferred at length with Cooley and members of the committee in a meeting arranged by Speaker Sam Rayburn and Democratic Floor Leader John W McCormack both of whom at tended CUDAIIY FINED Keokuk fl5 The Cuclahy Packing companys creamery at Winfield accused of shipping im pure butter was fined in federal district court Tuesday The creamery was charged under the pure food act with shipping im pure butter to Providence R I Sept 17 1949 heightening of the tension which obviously would continue the trend away from peace The Washington note doesnt put a chip on Uncle Sams shoulder It does make it plain that he re fuses to be pushed about ROBB NAMED CHAIRMAN DCS Moines Robb of Estherville was elected chair man of the state tax commission Tuesday just one day after he became a member of the 3man board AP Wircphoto PRESIDENT LEAVES UMBRELLA TO THE Truman left and her mother use a big umbrella for cover during a shower in Griffith Stadium Washing ton Tuesday but not the President who doesnt seem to mind a sprinkling as he watches the Washington Senators open the 1050 American League season by defeating the Phila delphia Athletics 8 to 7 Chance Seen for More Air Scraps Officials Look for Reasons Why Plane Was Shot Down Washington The senate Wednesday voted decorations to the 10 men lost in the Baltic plane incident The action was taken without dissent on the motion of Demo cratic Leader Lucas of Illinois who called the loss of the U S navy plane and its crew a ruth less action by barbarous forces By JOHN M HIGHTOWER Washington possibil ity of further SovietAmerican air clashes along the uneasy front of the cold war in Europe is be ing carefully studied by top of ficials here They are also deeply concerned it was learned Wednesday about the reasons why the Russians al legedly shot down a U S naval plane in the Baltic sea area April 8 They have doubt they will as surances that no such thing will happen again The American version of what happened when the 4engine craft disappeared with 10 crewmen aboard clashed head on with a Russian protest note which Vish insky handed to Kirka week ago That note claimed that a Russian fighter fired on an American 4 engine craft only after it had flown illegally over soviet terri tory and fired on fighters which sought to signal it to land State department officials saw no prospects that the Russians would withdraw from their ver sion of the incident and there fore expected that Moscow would reject both the American charges and the demands growing out of them Several possibilities are the subject of speculation among of ficials One possibility is that the Russians sent tout fighters to force the plane to land in the hope of thereby capturing whatever secret American equipment if any might be aboard STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS REDS LIE state de partment spokesman assailed as lies Wednesday a Russian claim that the American plane lost in the Baltic was on a mission of de liberate provocation against the Soviet Union The latest Russian attack on the United States in connection with the incident appeared in the au thoritative soviet magazine New Times It purported to give details of elaborate plans made by the American armed services forthe alleged provocative action State department Press Officer Michael McDermott was asked about the New Times article at a news conference I read it McDermott said Ive pretty much forgotten what lies they told News stories are being carried of the article and the American people of course are not deprived of reading such things They can make their own judgment of it McDermott said that the magazine article is be yond contempt Bosox Win 1st of Double Bill Boston h e Boston Red Sox got off to a fast start against the Yankees Wednesday but this time they held their lead to whip the New Yorkers 63 in the morn ing half of a Patriots day double header before 25425 fans Right hander Joe Dobson limited the Yanksto 6 hits The Sox col lected II hits including a 2run homer by Ted Williams T TJ New York 000 021 6 1 Boston 202 200 II 1 Raschi Pillette D John son 7 and Berra Dobson and Batts Home run Williams Losing pitcher Raschi PROCLAIMS NEW DAY Des Moines William S Beardsley Wednesday pro claimed May 1 as Loyalty to the United States Day in Iowa SAME memii death la 3   

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