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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 26, 1950, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH OWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LVI Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY APRIL 26 1950 AP WIrophoto state department con Missing Lattimore Witness Turns Up a Blackout Victim v fiy MARVIN L ARROWSMIXH thp mysteriously missing witness in the Owen Lattimore case turned up safe but nervous Wed nesday 20 hours after he had vanished from a Washington John J Huber described as a onetime FBI informer lowan Tells House to OK ITO for Peace Washington D execu tive of one of the oldest depart ment stores in the U J S told the house foreign affairs committee that the only sure road to peace is through expansion of trade chan nels between democratic coun tries The International Trade Organ ization could help achieve this peace ideal Schramm testified and he argued that the U S should assume leadership in rati fying the Havana charter Schramm is vice president of the J S Schramm Co Burlington a store founded by his grandfather 105 yoars ago Schramm Convinced He told the house group that it is my firm conviction after careful study of the international eco nomic picture that the Havana charter provides the only detailed program for effectively dealing with the many complex problems that beset all countries today in their efforts to expand trade and at the same time maintain strong balanced internal economics Any individual country can put up trade barriers and extend gov ernment controls he pointed out but only a large group of na as would be grouped in the possibly reduce such barriers Schramm questioned whether western European countries would be in a position to pay their own way by June 1952 when the for eign assistance act terminates Re cent events indicated to him that those nations must find a way to eliminate the network of barriers that interlace Europe and substi tute multilateral trade for the bilateral deals that today rigidly limit intraEuropean commerce Best Astronomer The countries in western Eu rope still are our best customers he said and they will continue to need a large volume of American goods The ITO offers practical hope that our huge insupportable ex port gap can be eliminated in a way that will benefit the tax payer and the country he con cluded In addition to Schramm other Towa members of the ITO com mittee are Kirk Fox editor Suc cessful Farming Des Moines Os car Helhie president Farmers Grain Dealers association of Iowa Marcus Howard E Hill presi dent Iowa Farm Bureau federa tion Des Moines Joseph F Ros enfield chairman of the board Younkers DCS Moines telephoned his wife at Mt Vernon N Y at a m that he had blacked out Tuesday shortly before he had been due to appear at the senate inquiry into charges of communism in the government Although there had been hints that he might have met with foul play Mrs Huber said he seemed to be well She added that he had sounded nervous tired and upset John Maragon Is Convicted of Perjury Washington Mara gon who used to have friends at the white house was convicted Labor Scene Brightens at New Parleys 10000 Installers Still on Strike in Phone Rumpus By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nations labor picture ap peared brighter Wednesday as government mediators attempted settlement of 2 threatened major strikes both originally scheduled to have started this morning The strikes would have disrupt ed most of the nations telephone service and seriously curtailed railroad transportation in all sec tions of the country A countrywide walkout of some 206000 telephone workers was called off Tuesday by Joseph A Beirne president of the CIO Communications Workers It was the 3rd time in recent months the strike had been averted Beirne Optimistic Beirne said it was called off because recent developments in dicate the possibility of agreement in the present Bell System dis 1M i T This Paper Consists of Two One jury in telling her I had a blackout New York I am in Ill be home this evening I cant talknow This left ui tion whether the ques ighF return here Wednesday to testify before the senators Comes by Air CHARACTER ACTOR DIES Hollywood Cav anaugh 63 one of the movies and stages best known character actors died early Wednesday after an operation at the Motion Picture Country Home hospital Often appearing as a hen pecked husband or a harried bookkeeper his face if not his name was known to millions of moviegoers Among his other pictures since 1033 were Captain Blood Rose Washington Square Kismet Margie and Driftwood Huber came here Tuesday morn ing by air with another witness a former FBI agent Both went to a hotel Huber left at noon saying he was going to get a haircut Hours later he failed to respond when his name was called at an evening session of the senate hear ing A search yielded no clues to his whereabouts The disappearance and hunt for Huber came amidst these other fastbreaking and tumultuous de velopments in the inquiry 3 An assertion by Senator Mc Carthy RWis that Louis Bu denz had identified as a commu nista man in a very very im portant job in the state depart ment McCarthy told the senate late Tuesday that Budenz a for mer communist put the finger on the individual in secret testi mony to the senate foreign rela tions subcommittee investigating McCarthys charges that reds and fellow travelers have infested the state department 2 McCarthy also told the sen ate that he had given the inquiry committee the name of a man with a police record as a homo sexual who McCarthy added holds an extremely sensitive position in the central intelli gence agency 3 Joining in a senate row over h e investigation Republican Leader Wherry of Nebraska said the man McCarthy termed a per vert has resigned And Wherry shouted Youre going to get some more resignations This is not the only man Never Knew Lattimore i MM VJI VA Wednesday of lying to senate in vestigatois A federal district court took one hour and 36 minutes to convict him of charges that he lied in testifying last July that 1 He had only one bank account m Washington in 194546 The evi dence showed he had another then in Texas 2 He had severed connections with Albert Verley and Co a Chicago importing company when he took a temporary job with the state department overseas in 1945 But Maragon was cleared on one of the main counts the government brought against he per jured himself in saying lie ne gotiated no government business with and received the no money for negotiations from 1945 to until the middle of last year On each of the 2 counts on which he was found guilty Mara gon could be sent to jail for as little as 8 months to 2 years or for as long as 40 months to 10 years The courts rarely impose the maximum sentence Maragon heard the verdict with little show of emotion Federal Judge Jennings Bailey refused to release Maragon on bail A U S marshal planned to take him to the district jail Ask Extension of Peace Draft Law pute The 2nd major strike which was to have started Wednesday morn a work by some 000 railroad firemen against 4 najor Monday had been postponed for 2 weeks The strike has been reset for May 10 by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engine men However the national rail way mediation board meets in Chicago Thursday to attempt to negotiate an agreement to avert the walkout The strike threat stems from the unions demand for an extra fireman on multiple unit diesel locomotives Wages and other benefits are involved in the dispute in the threatened telephone strike The strike started Monday by some 10000 Telephone Equipment Workers against the Bell Systems manufacturing arm Western Elec tric company continued But Ernest Weaver president of the CWA Equipment Workers union said strikers did not plan to picket exchanges Settle Radio Dispute In New York City federal me diators said a settlement had been reached in a dispute between the Independent NaTicmal Association of Broadcast Engineers and Tech nicians and 2 national networks Wages were the chief issue but the agreement also covered seni ority and union jurisdiction In Detroit the executive boaid of the CIO United Auto Workers voted to ask local unions to con tinue emergency assessments be yond May 3 to carry on the unions strike against Chrysler The last of 12 a week compulsory as sessments is due May 3 and will have brought about into the union treasury Federal and state mediators said a deadlock over noneconomic matters still stood in the way of settlement of the 93dayold strike Recommend Bigger Armed 1951 Budget Washington house ap propriations committee Wednes day recommended the 1951 mili tary budget be increased bv 000000 asked by Secretary of De fense Johnson to tighten the na tions bulwarks against Russia Urging the additional funds Johnson told congress the Russian atomic explosion and recent so viet pressures had caused a com plete revaluation of defense plans by both the United States and the North Atlantic pact nations Johnson testified behind closed doors at a joint meeting of the No 170 senate and house committees The secretary later appropriations said the present record peacetime defense costs probably will grow larger after the next year Besides the 5350000000 in new money the defense department also asked the house group to re store previously trimmed by the committee from the amount asked by President Truman in his budget The additional money already approved brings to he amount now in the defense budget which the house will be gin debating next week The money will probably be added to a one package appropriation bill before the house Say County Trade Tripled Since 39 House Group Cuts in Half Taxes on Movies Sports Washington house ways and means c ays and means commit tee voted Wednesday to cut in 20 per cent to 10 the iederal excise tax on tickets to movies and sports events The committee took the action in approving anoth Northern Gas Asks Boost Rate in Gas Late Freeze Does No Harm to Fruit Crop Des Moines late spring freeze that spread over most sec tions of Iowa Tuesday night ap parently was not damaging to crops and fruits Agricultural statisticians said none of the grain crops would be hurt In the northern part of the state where the temperatures dropped several degrees below freezing the oats and flax crops for the most part are not up yet a spokesman said State Horticulturist William H Collin said there would be little or no damage to fruit crops Fruit back of full bloom can stand be low freezing temperatures for a short time he said The coldest temperature re ported overnight was 25 degrees at Sioux City and Estherville Nearly all sections of the state reported readings of 32 degrees or below Last nights it turns out to be the last oC the will have been jusl a week later than average Omaha Northern Nat ural Gas company which whole sales natural gas to a number of Iowa communities has asked the federal power commission for rate increases Hurt R Bay president of the firm said an increase of 14 per cent is sought but added that even with the increase its wholesale rate to distributors would be 19 per cent less than it was before rate reductions were made in 1942 1943 and 1947 slash in the excise tax list This brought the total of tentatively approved cuts to This is far in excess of the 000000 reduction President Tru man had proposed for that part of the list which the committee has considered Mr Truman has threatened a veto of taxcutting legislation if his recommendations are ignored Above Truman Limit The committee yet may approve other slashes of around 000 in transportation and com munications excises to bring the total well over far beyond the excise cut limit Mr Truman set The committees cuts on admis What effect the rate increase could have on the Peoples Gas and Electric companys rates is impossible to compute at this time said Charles E Strickland gen eral manager of the Mason City firm He pointed out that it might be several months before the fed eral power commission ruled on the matter and even then it might not be allowed Washington h a i r m a n I lines No Picketing for Equipment Workers DCS Monies 121 West ern Electric company CIOCWA Equipment Union Workers in Iowa remained on strike Wednesday but did not attempt to set up picket 4 Dr Bella V Dodd a mem ber of the communist partys na tionaFcommittee until she was ex pelled from the party last year testified she never knew Latti more as a communist a fellow traveler or even a friend of the party Budenz has testified par ty leaders told him that Latti more a Far Eastern affairs spe cialist was a member of a com munist cell Dr Dodd before an overflow crowd in the big hear ing room accused Budenz of dis honest testimony 5 The inquiry committee is sued subpoenas for Earl Brow der former head of the commu nist party and for Jack Stachel Stachel is one of the 11 top com munist leaders recently convicted or conspiring to overthrow the government by force Carl Vinson of the house armed services committee said Wednes day that in view of worsening world conditions he will ask con gress to extend the present draft law without change for 2 years The Georgia democrat a key figure in congressional defense matters said he will lay the pro Jack Wieland Des Moines union steward said he had been advised that the Equipment Workers union would remain on strike until the South Bend Ind affair is settled The Equipment Workers union strike began Monday over the re fusal of 6 union men in Indiana to walk through a boggy field to posal before Jus armed services j work on a television relay tower committee next week Under the present peacetime I draft law men must register at 18 and those 19 through 25 are sub ject to induction for 21 months service CLOSE ROMANIAN OFFICE Washington UR The United States Wednesday ordered Ro mania to close its office in New York within 2 weeks AFL Presidents Predicts Labor Will Ask Raise Washington President William Grcen predicted Wednes day that organized labor will de mand pay increases if federal rent controls end June 30 And Michael Mann of he CIO national housing committee Chi cago said ending controls would provide a field day for commu nists Both testified before the senate banking committee which is con sidering bills to continue controls The present rent law expires June 30 President Truman has urged a oneyear extension Green said a labor department survey has indicated rents would rise at least 25 per cent if con trols are allowed to expire This he said would be equivalent to a 5 per cent wage cut for a worker earning a week for a 40hour week and paying a week rent Celebrated in Story Boston UR During the past century 250 novels have been written about Boston British Labor Averts Defeat by Slim Margin London Britains labor government won 2 critical tests by a slim 5vote margin Wednes day averting a parliamentary de icat which would have forced it to resign In quick succession labor twice mustered 304 votes to 299 for the combined opposition The 1st vote was on the governments proposed increase in gasoline tax from nine pence 105 cents a shilling and a half 21 The 2nd supported the governments pro posed per cent purchase tax on trucks It vas Prime Minister Attlees narrowest escape so far in the new house of commons elected Feb 23 Although handicapped by illness in the ranks government forces won through over the combined opposition of Winston Churchills conservatives and the liberal par sion excises would total about In addition to slashing the general admissions levy in half the committee decided to exempt completely from any tax the tickets to nonprofit educational and charitable shows to county fairs and such Leave 10 Per Cent However a 10 per cent levy would be collected on the tickets to college sports events as well as professional sports Sports events of schools other than col leges would be exempt completely Chairman Doughton DN C insisted that all action thus far is tentative and may be revised later Cerro Gordo Sales Gain by 202 Per Cent Latest Census Shows Employment Rise Over 9 Years Retail business in Cerro Gordo county more than tripled from 1939 to 1948 the federal bureau of the census reported Wednes day Retail sales in the county during 1948 totaled an in crease of 202 per cent over the in 1939 according to the preliminary figures from the census of business Wholesale sales in the county reached a total of in 1948 as compared with in 1939 the report showed The service trades included in the cen sus of business recorded receipts totaling 52900000 in 1948 com pared with in 1939 Employment Up Employment in Cerro Gordo county also rose over the 9year period in the business establish ments reporting in the census They reported a combined total of 4096 paid employes for the work week ended nearest Nov 15 1948 This compared with 3043 reported for the week of Nov 15 j y oy The preliminary census report showed 375 retail establishments in Mason City with a 1948 vol ume of Iowa state sales tax figures for Mason City in 1948 showed 799 stores which paid tax on of busi ness Wholesale trade in Mason City was reported Wednesday by the bureau of the census to include 78 establishments and a volume of in 1948 Selected serv ice trades included 115 outlets in Mason City doing in business c Clear Lake Surveyed Clear Lakes retail trade report included 105 stores doing 000 in business and 22 service es with The census bureaus breakdown for Cerro Gordo county by trade group and kind of business was as RETAIL TRADE No Taught for 24 Years Then Oats Seeding in Rapid Progress Des Moines seeding inIowa now is 88 per cent com pleted the weekly crop and weather bulletin reported Tues day Although this still is below last year it represents considerable progress during the past week At this time a year ago oats seed ing was 95 per cent done The statefederal bulletin said other farm work also advanced last week with plowing now 60 per cent done compared with 53 per cent done a year ago Nearly all fruits have been de layed with early development of buds and the bulletin said blos soming will be about a week late Congress Calls Frank Costello on Gambling By DON WHITEHEAD Washington Com missioner James Carroll of St Mr Big of the odds making senators Wednesday he knows of no or ganized nationwide gambling syn dicate He testified under oath before a senate commerce subcommittee that socalled betting commis sioners and bookmakers operate as independent businessmen with no feeling of any moral wrong and he insisted there is no con nection between bigtime gam blers and crime Carroll was a witness at the committees hearing on a bill to ban the movement of gambling information across state lines Frank Costello reputed big time gambler of New York was summoned to testify Thursday on what he knows about gambling operations in this country Chairman McFarland said Cos tello had agreed voluntarily at our request to appear before the subcommittee Costellos najne has been linked for several with the bigj J A time gambling and slotmachin rOund in Arrest of follows T t Eat Volume 113 General stores Apparel group 41 Furniture appliances 31 Automotive 41 Gasoline service stations 74 Ibr bldg hdw 57 tlrue stores Other retail stores 2SinOOI 11105000 2301000 8fiilTono 4119000 WHOLESALE TRADE equip Automotive parts Other mcrch wholesale Tctroleum bulk plants Farm prod assemblers Other wholesale 7 11 S582000 3138000 12380000 Tatal lie 551163000 Brink Uniform business McFarland linked Costello name with those of Frank Erick son and Joe Adonis of New York known gamblers whc also have been subpoeaned to tes tify Distress Over Job Loss Suddenly Drove Prof to Kill DRIVER CONVICTED Alvin Clausen 26 Sioux City was fined when he pleaded guilty in dis trict court here Tuesday to a charge of driving while intoxi cated Reno W Retzloff 49 of Sioux City died Saturday of in juries suffered earlier when a car driven by Clausen went into a ditch near James Iowa Peru Neb Associates Wednesday could offer only 1 mo over the impending loss of his the tragic be havior Tuesday of an otherwise mildmannered psychology profes sor who shot and killed 2 fellow College officials then himself For 24 years Dr Barney K Bak er 54 had taught on the beautiful campus of the thousand oaks at Peru State Teachers college Tuesday morning the new col lege catalog came out It revealed publicly for the first time what Dr Baker had known since last he was being dropped in a reorganization of the schools department of education The catalog said County Attor ney Fied C Kiechel may have been the trigger that sent the pro fessor walking wordlessly into the offices of the college president and the head of the education depart ment to kill them at their desks Slain were Dr William L Nich olas 48 president of the college since 1946 and Dr Paul A Max well 56 education department head and Dr Bakers immediate supenor Quick Ending Less than an hour later Bakers body was found in the living room of his home at the edge of the campus Neatly laid out were his keys with pieces of paper to iden tify them and a typewritten note with instructions for disposal of the body Tacked to the front doorbell was another note Tell Prof C A Huck mathematics teacher at the college to take charge Mary Louise Smith Dr Max wells secretary said she looked up as Dr Baker entered I asked if there was anything I could do for him she snid I was loo late Dr Maxwell was sitting at his desk reading He did not see who came in Dr Baker had the gun at his head as I spoke He didnt say anything I think there were 2 or 3 shots Dr Baker just walked across the hall to his own office put on his hat and coat and left I ran out screaming Classes Stopped Classes halted abruptly at the school a state owned institution with about 400 students in a town of about 1000 persons They were resumed Wednesday but the weeks extra curricular activities track meet a seniors violin recital a career conference for prospective teachers and a meeting of the Southeast Nebraska School mens called off Dean I A Quelle was named act ing president Associates described Dr Baker as an erudite professor but not much of a mixer He was a sports fan and hunter but his psy chologyclasses werent particular ly popular with students Inscribed on a piece of decora tive leather in his office was the inscription An Indian scalps his enemy and a white man skins his friend Scribbled at the bottom of the typewritten note was the apparent tipoff to the motive Willie the college president tried to fire the wrong person Kiechel called it obviously n double murder and suicide and said there would be no inquest He said the slayings were pre meditated and Dr Baker appar ently prepared his notes in ad vance of the slayings Lending No Tipoff credence to the pre meditation theory was the profes sors behavior just before the shootings Waiting to see Dr Nicholas he traded small talk with 2 representatives of an Omaha typewriter company also waiting There was no sign of fury Dorothy Stepan the presidents secretary gave this account I vas in Dr Nicholass office at the moment When I came out Dr Baker and two other men the typewriter men were in the wait ing room Dr Baker said he was there first and I told him to go on in He said This wont take long He went inside closed the door I didnt hear any conversation Al most immediately I heard shots I think there were 5 Then Dr Baker came out I saw his putting the gun in his pocket I couldnt think what had happened until I saw Dr Nicholas slumped over in the chair Dr Baker didnt say a word but just walked out The trail of terror led from Dr Nicholas second fJoor office in the schools administration building lo the first floor office of Dr Max vcll Car Victim Dies After Lingering Ies Moines Nov Raymond 65 of Des Moines who had been unconscious since she was injured in a carpedestrian accident here March 14 died Wed nesday at a hospital A damage suit was filed in district court here recently on behalf of Mrs Raymond Namec defendants were Allen Dale Hiatt 17 Des Moines who was listed as driver of the car and Cleo Elmore named as owner of the car C47 CRASH KILLS 2 San Antonio Texas air force officers were killed Wednesday in the crash of a C47 transport plane about 20 miles northwest of here Kelly air force base where the craft was based said the 2 men were the only oc cupants of the plane Their iden tities were withheld SAME Black means trurfla death in past 21 Bouri Washington arrested l men m a roundup of holdup suspects Wednesday and found a uniform of the Brinks Armored Car Service at a house where 3 men were taken into custody The men are being questioned for possible implication in the milliondollar Brinks robbery in Boston last January Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clearing Wednesday night and Thursday continued cool Low Wednesday night 22 High Thursday 42 Iowa Partly cloudy Wednesday night with low near 25 north near 35 south Continued cool with partly cloudy skies Thurs day Not so windy High Thurs day 35 north 45 south Further outlook Increasing cloudiness and continued cool through Fri day Low Thursday night near High Friday near 45 Widely scattered local showers possible Friday night or Satur day but no general rain indi cated Minnesota Partly cloudy snow flurries northeast portion Wed nesday night Thursday general ly fair Continued cold Low Wednesday night 1520 north to near 25 south High Thursday 3035 north 3540 south IN MASONI CJTY GlobeGazette weatfier statistics or the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Wednesday Maximum 39 Minimum 28 At 8 a m jjf Precipitation Q2 Snow trace   

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