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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 9, 1950, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT Al HOME EDITION Associated press nd United Press full Lease Wires MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MAY 9 1S5K Floods Rampant in Midwest Manitoba Iowa Rains Big By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fresh floodwaters from the Red river of the north Tuesday made thousands homeless and isolated manycommunities in parts of the watersoaked North Dakota and Minnesota A 24hour rain fed the rising stream andits tributaries Across the border in floodbe sieged Winnipeg there also were more evacuations as a new storm threatened further damage from the raging Red river More than 12000 persons already have been driven from their homes in Win nipeg and southern Manitoba in the last week The new floods in North Dakota and Minnesota hit the area which only recently had battled the worst floods in 50 years National guardsmen were called out at Grand Forks N Dak as the Red river crest hit 455 feet 17i feet aboveflood stage Addi tional rain was forecast for much of the flooded area There were more than 200 families forced from their homes in Grand Forks and 300 families were evacuated from East Grand Forks Minn across the river Poiiits in Danger Other communities endangered by the floodwaters in NorthDa kota included Minto Bowesmont Graf ton and Pembina At Oslo Minn 20 miles northeast of Grand Forks the Red 100 feet over an area of 7 miles Nearly all homesand busiess places were flooded Drinking water was hauled in milk tank trucks to the 500 resi dents of Warren Minn The trucks were met by boats and the water was poured into milk cans and de livered by boat to the residents Other Minnesota communities fighting floodwaters included Ait kin where a score of families fled their homes as the Mississippi riv er overflowed Floodwood north west of Duluth was 75 per cent inundated by the overflow of the St Louis river Cool weather prevailed in many parts of the flood area The chilly temperatures covered the north ern half of the country while gen erally warm weather continued over the southern half Readings in the 30s were reported over the Dakotas the northern and central Rocky Mountain states and most of New England early Tuesday There were thundershowers from Minnesota and Wisconsin southward into Missouri and east ern Kansas Light fell in parts of North Dakota A rainfall of 471 inches of rain was reported Monday in Concordia Kans Southwest Iowa Struck Tornadoes hit areas in Nebraska Slid Iowa A twister struck Au burn in southeast Nebraska dam aging several buildings A small tornado swept Red Oak insouth western Iowa destroying the main hangar at the citys airport and damaging 6 planes Twentyfour families totaling about 50 persons were evacuated at Glenwood Iowa where more than 5 inches of rain sent Keg creek bursting through its dikes A small tornado hit the northern sectipn of Glenwood at the height of the storm Damage was minor Near 5 Inches of Rain at Shenandoah By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Heavy rain hail and 2 small tor nadoes were included in the dish of heavy weather served up to southwest Iowa Monday night More than 5 inches of rain in less than 4 hours sent Keg creek bursting through its dikes at Glen wood Jack Reid Glenwood Red Cross chairman said 24 families totaling about 50 persons had been evacuated from their homes Governor William S Beardsley called out company I of the na tional guard at Glenwood and sent them to Pacific Junction with boats trucks and equipment to help prevent levees there from breaking A flooding creek threat ened the Burlington bridge at Pa cific Junction Later in the evening 50 national guardsmen from the 168th infan try regiment at Council Bluffs were called out to aid in sand baa ging the bridge Rain of near cloudburst propor tions accompanied the twister fil ling gutters curb deep in down town Red Oak The town was left without electric power At Shenandoah official weather observer Ralph Childs said 435 inches of rain fell between 630 and 11 p m Total rainfall by 11 oclock he said was 494 inches and it was still raining at mid night Hail fell at Sidney The tele phone operator said the storm lasted about a half hour and hail stones the size of walnuts fell An other hailstorm was reported at Essex north of Shenandoah breaking windows in some homes there Most overnight rain reports showed falls of more than an inch 475 inches Popejoy 333 Iowa Falls 265 Fort Dodge 248 Sheffield 201 Shellrock 131 Osage 150 Kanawha 166 Northwood 118 Mason City 158 Mystery Sub Helps House on Defense Vote By WILLIAM F ARBOGAST Washington house was all set Tuesday to add an extra 350000000 for national defense spending mostly on air power The money would be put into a omnibus appropria tion bill now approaching a house Floods Follow Truman at Lincoln Lincoln Nebr worst flood since 1908 hit Lincoln early Tuesday only a few hours after President Trumans special train passed through the city on a west ern junket All over the low lying resi dential areas and in the low ware house district the water was play ing havoc There was no estimate of damage but it was certain to run high Several persons had to be rescued from their homes 8 Drown 12 Are Missing in Nebraska Auburn Nebr floods growing out of torrential rains took at least 4 lives in southeast Nebraska Tuesday At least a dozen persons were of them motorists whose cars were caught by walls of water Accounts of tremendous damage to farms and property were cou pled with weird tales of terror and rescue The dead Robert Henner jS and his brother Ronald 3 months old of Dunbar Nebr Walter Adams about 50 of Syracuse Nebr Tom Akins 38 who drowned at Union Nebr Bodies of the Henner brothers and Adams had been recovered The body of Akins still was being sought at noon Tuesday The Henner brothers were sons of Mr and Mrs J A Henner Their car was washed off the highway The parents removed the children by breaking window glass For 3 hours the parents held the children while waters swirled around them They finally reached a railroad grade Then the grade itself began to crumble In the pitch dark the parents lost the children One passenger in a bus swept off a highway near U n a d i 11 a floated 5 miles on a tree trunk finally was rescued vote A congressmans suggestion that a United States warship may have recently sunk a strange sub marine was not expected to hurt the cause of house members in sisting that the cold war is too warm to permit economies at the expense of national defense Republicans whose policy com mittee meets Tuesday to figure out a plan to cut or more from the pending onepack age measure indicated that they will keep handsoff the 000000 national defensebudget already recommended by the ap propriations committee More for Planes They are expected to go along too wth a later committee recom mendation that an extra 000 be given to the air force and the navy most of it for airplanes The assertion of Rep Young DOhio about the submarine sinking actually created little sta in the house Young said in a statement that the U S warship may have engaged a strange sub marine and sunk it with depth bombs He said he didnt dream this and I didnt get it out of my mind but refused to elaborate further A navy spokesman who was asked about it said thenavy has investigated all reports of foreign submarines in coastal waters and has yet to confirm there was any such sub in any case Cautious Reduction The republican policy commit tee hoped to reach agreement on a plan to reduce the big appro priation measure without affecting funds for the army the navy or the air force Rails Place Embargoes on All Service Chicago Railroads involved m a strike set for 6 a m local time Wednesday Tuesday began placing embargoes on freight and passenger traffic The Pennsylvania railroad larg est of the 4 singled out for the walkout by the Brotherhood of Lo comotive Firemen and Enginemezi announced it is preparing to halt operations of its passenger and freight trains west and north of Harrisburg Pa Tuesday night Halt at Midnight All freight operations in the area will come to a halt at midnight a PRR announcement said and passenger train service will be tapered gradually to prevent any travelers being stopped by the strike before reaching their des tination The PRR ordered a similar em bargo 2 weeks ago when the strike was first threatened The embargo was lifted when that strike order was delayed Electric engines op erating on PRR lines east of Har risburg are not affected by the strike order Two of the 4 major railroads singled out for a walkout by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Fire men and Enginemen announced plans for curtailing service The Santa Fe railway system said it is curtailing passenger serv ice starting Tuesday Plans for a freight embargo remain to be com pleted the road said Southern to Stop In Washington the Southern Railway System issued an embar go on movement of all freight and passenger traffic which cannot reach its destination or clear Southern system lines before the strike deadline Meanwhile federal mediators strove desperately to effect a peaceful settlement Negotiations however appeared to be hopeless ly deadlocked The walkout against the Santa Fe the Southern System and western divisions of the New York Central and the Pennsylvania or iginally was to have started April 26 It was postponed 2 weeks at the request of the national rail way mediation board The firemens principal demand is for a 2nd fireman on multiple unit diesel locomotives The de mand has Keen rejected by the car riers Two presidential emergency factfinding boards also held that there is no necessity for an extra fireman The Santa Fe said4 of the roads crack trams operating between Chicago and California have been cancelled effective Tuesday They are No 23 the Grand Canyon to Los Angeles and San Francisco and No 21 the El Capi This Paper of Two No 1S1 Angeles the SuPer Chief 3 the California all to Los Swimming Pool Issue Defeated at Forest City Forest bond issue for a municipal swimming pool was defeated here Monday at a special election by 703 to 369 A total of 1094 ballots were cast the second largest in the history of the city The largest was in 1937 when the voters voters favored construction of the municipal light plant At that time 1259 votes were cast Ask to Drop Postal Economy Washington Jp The senate postoffice committee Tuesday ap roved a resolution directing that Postmaster Donaldson drop his economy cutbacks in the postal service The vote was 9 to 0 On April 18 Donaldson cut down on a number of services ex plaining that the department Telephone Union Cuts Pay Demand Communications Quarrel on Verge of Settlement By HERBERT FOSTER Washington UR The Com munications Workers of America CIO seemed ready Tuesday to settle its threatened nationwide telephone strike for about one third of its highest demand CWA national headquarters ap proved a contract with Wisconsin Bell Telephone Co and said it should be a good guide for settlingits 24 other contract dis putes with the Bell System The contract the first to be ap proved by headquarters in the current dispute gave wage in creases averaging 7 cents an hour to 70 to 75 per cent of Wisconsin Bells 10000 plant and traffic workers Raise Averages 5 Cents CWA said the raise would aver age 5 cents an hour if it were spread over all workers It once threatened to call out 250000 workers across the country unless the companies agreed to a 15cent package increase including a general wage boost shortened ex perience scales and upgrading of some towns The Wisconsin contract gave no general wage increase Some work ers get more pay through a trim ming of the progression schedule 8 to years and by up grading some jobs and 16 of the 60 towns under the contract CWA first postponed the nation wide strike at the request of Fed eral Mediation Director Cyrus S Ching It deferred the walkout again at President Trumans re quest and then postponed it in definitely on April 26 when CWA President Joseph A Bierne said negotiations indicated the possi bility of an agreement Junk General Increase The union announced at that time it was junking its demand for a general wage increase and con centrating on shorter wage pro gression scales and other benefits Segments of the union since have reached tentative agreements with the traffic division of Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co of Baltimore covering 4000 Mary land operators and Northwestern Bell covering 17000 telephone workers in the Dakotas Minne sota Nebraska and Iowa All of these contracts are sub ject to approval by national CWA headquarters Truman Plugs Production Payments for Agriculture AP Wirephoto JOYFUL Shirley Bender smiles happily in Chicago Tuesday while hugging her 4yearold daughter Kathy after receiving word that her husband Marine Master Sgt Elmer C Bender and Navy Chief William C Smith have been released by Chinese Communists They had been held as prisoners of war since Oct 19 1948 lacked them the money to continue Since his orders were issued there has been a bairage of pro test frojn organizations of postal employes n City Wins 1st Place in Iowa Safety Mason City was awarded first place in the division for cities of 25000 to 50000 population in the AllIowa Traffic Safety contest the Iowa department of public safety announced Tuesday The contest sponsored by the department is divided into popu lation groups Clinton was 2nd in the division and Fort Dodge won honorable mention Labor Praised by Governor Moincs William S Beardsley said Tuesday I shall continue to lend my every effort to improve the lot of labor His remark was contained in a telegram to A A Couch of Des Moines president of the Iowa State Federation of Labor The or ganization is holding its annual convention at Sioux City The governor expressed his re gret that official duties prevented him from attending the state con vention Then the telegram said I believe that the worker is en titled to union security and that both employers and employes must bargain as equals and in good faith This is absolutely ne cessary to make collective bar gaining effective and fair Goetsch Funeral on Wednesday Iowa City serv ices for Dr Walter R Goetsch 38 have been scheduled for Wed nesday afternoon here Dr Goetsch dean of student af fairs at the University of Iowa was killed Monday in the collision of his car and a truck Complete arrangements awaited the arrival Tuesday of his par ents Mr and Mrs Richard C Goetsch of Wausau Wis Dr Virgil M Hancher presi dent of the university paid trib ute to Dr Goetsch as a man who worked unwaveringly the continuing betterment of the stu dents welfare The entire university family has suffered a great loss in the sudden death of Dean Goetsch President Hancher said Dr Goetsch became dean of students in June 1949 after coming to the university in 1944 He is survived by his wife Char lotte 3 children his parents and 2 brothers Two of the children were riding with him at the time of the tragedy but escaped with out serious injury Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Same as Iowa except low Tuesday night 34 with frost High Wednesday 64 Iowa Fair through Wednesday Colder Tuesday night with frost likely in lowlying areas in northern and central counties Low Tuesday night 34 to 38 High Wednesday 59 to 65 West erly winds diminishing to 12 16 miles per hour Wednesday Further outlook Low Thursday morning mid40s Partly cloudy to cloudy Thursday with show ers likely Thursday or Thurs day night in eastern half of state High Thursday near 70 Friday partly cloudy and warm 5Day Weather Outlook Iowa Temperatures will average 2 to 5 degrees above normal normal high 67 to 70 Normal low 44 to 48 Mild Wednesday Warming Thursday and Friday Turning copier over the week end Precipitation will average onethird to one inch occurring as showers Friday or Saturday Minnesota Cooler southwest Tues day night Wednesday fair a lit tle warmer in afternoon Low Tuesday night 3135 north 3537 south portion High Wednesday 3035 north 5560 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Tuesday 4 Times in Row Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 56 44 44 187 inch fi4 55 Decorah won first place for the 4th consecutive year in its division from 3000 to 6000 population At lantic was 2nd and Carroll won honorable mention Webster City was first in its class for the 3rd consecutive year cities with populations of from 6000 to 10000 Cedar Falls was 2nd and Charles City won hon orable mention Algona placed first in the 4000 to 5000 population group Iowa Falls was 2nd and Independence won honorable mention Ames Winner Ames was first in the classifi cation of cities from 10000 to 25 000 Fort Madison was 2nd and Keokuk won honorable mention For cities of 50000 population or more Cedar Rapids was first Wa terloo 2nd and Sioux City won honorable mention Six cities of the 10000 to 50000 population class had no traffic fa talities during the year 1949 They are Ames Fort Madison Oska loosa Marshalltown Foil Dodge and Clinton No city of more than 50000 pop ulation went through the year without a traffic fatality Awards Planned Framed awards signed by Gov William S Beardsley will be pre sented in the winning cities next month Bases for judgment of the win ning cities were Death and in jury records traffic ordinances accident records traffic engineer ing traffic law enforcement traf fic courts school traffic safety ed ucation public information and safety organizations in the city FEDERAL PERVERTS PURGED Washington Washing ton Post said Tuesday that the names of about 200 sex perverts in government jobs have been turned over to their employing agencies and many of them cither have been or will be fired Hydrogen Bomb Report Is Fogged By DOUGLAS B CORNELL Washington in de veloping a hydrogen bomb was described at the atomic energy commission Tuesday as entirely in the lap of the gods and somewhere between probable and possible That was the appraisal made at a news conference by Sumner Pike acting AEG chairman Pike also said the government is making a variety of atomic weapons but he wanted to stop right there and not expand on the point A recent defense depart ment report had indicated this country was developing a variety of such weapons Pike was told there have been some suggestions lately that there was no determined effort to de velop the Hbomb which report edly would be tremendously more powerful than the atom bomb He replied that comments on scales and rates are completely off the reservation A reporter asked Can you say in general whether progress is being made toward the develop ment of the hydrogen bomb Pike I think that is entirely in the lap of the gods If you had asked whether efforts was being made I would say yes As to whether progress is being made the answer to that will come when one goes bang or when it doesnt r China Commies Say They Free U S Airmen Tokyo Chinese com munists broadcast Tuesday they are releasing 2 American airmen from whom they extorted spy confessions after 18 months in prison The official Peiping radio said the 2 airmen E C Bender and W C Smith will be deported It gave no details Marine Master Sgt Elmer C Bender Cincinnati and Navy Chief Electrician William C Smith Long Beach Cal were forced down Oct 19 1948 on a flight from Tsingtao then a U S naval base They have been held incom municado The reds stiffly jected all efforts to obtain their release The communist radio broadcast this statement by Gen Hsu Shih Yuh commander of thevShantung military district Report Confession It was not until lately that Bender and Smith influenced by our magnanimous policy toward prisoners began to confess The history of communism is full of similar confessions ob tained after long imprisonment The broadcast gave this account Smith and Bender said the ob jective of the flight was to re connoiter the railways in red held Shantung peninsula and con struction projects at LaiYang President Goes Back to Teapot Dome Speech Fails to Convert Members of His Own Party BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Truman carried his western tour to Casper Wyo Thursday for a speech on water and land development after trad ing punches with the republicans on agriculture He declared his administration would push for western develop ment in the face of forces of privilege and with their philosophy of teapot dome In a speech prepared for de livery at Casper he scoffed at those who would cry socialism regimentation or boondoggle at government water and land resource development As the day proceeded he con tinued to talk to large and ap parently happy crowds who jam med the tracks around his private car in the chatty neighborly fashion that was his vote appeal in 1948 Like at Pacific Junction Iowa Monday where he told them he wanted them to look at their hired man to see if he is the same fellow who came out looking for votes 2 years ago He added he was 66 even if they thought he didnt look it Mr Truman revived the old Teapot Dome oil scandal at Cas per contrasting the philosophy of Teapot Dome with that behind the construction ofthe Kortes dam 10000 aifLincoIn A crowd estimated by police at 10000 stood in the rain at Lincoln Nebr to hearMr Tru mans first formal speech of his 16state tour His praise of thefarm plan advanced by SecretaijV jof Agri culture Brannan diewpr6mpt re tors from Senator Wherry R Nebr back in Washington Mr Truman said the Brannan plan would be a step toward world peace and prosperity and added The plain fact is that the pro duction payment plan is the best plan yet proposed for getting an abundant production of perishable crops consumed without knock ing the bottom out of the farmers income The Brannan plan would per mit the price of perishable foods to fall to the market level If this level was below a govern mentfixed estimate of a fair in come to the farmer the govern ment would make up the differ ence by production payments subsidies to him Economic Monstrosity In Washington Wherry defined the plan as that economic mon strosity and added The president obviously is playing politics with the farmers problems trying to please CIO CHIDES REPORTERS ON 1948 ELECTION Aboard Truman Train President Truman says news men on his train can decide for Charges Truman Reneges Report Des Moijics XP Republican State Chairman Robert K Good win said in a statement Tuesday that President Truman had re neged on his promise to make a report to the people of Iowa when he visited the state on his westward tour Monday Mr Truman spent most of his time apologizing for the trip Goodwin said But his promise to report tothe people went un fulfilled He remarked that it was difficult to get the facts to the people but he made no effort to tell the folks the facts The president could have made his report from Washington stayed on the job and saved the taxpayers S250000 if he hadnt been more interested in vote get ting than he is in the welfare of the nation Tractor Death Called Accident Soldier Dr S N Ander son Monona county coroner said Thursday the death of Glen Ellers 25 in a highway tractor mishap was accidental and there would be no inquest Ellers was found under an overturned tractor in a ditch on a county road miles southeast of here Sunday He was returning from the farm of his employer Kenneth Gorham and was with n a mile of his home Surviving s his widow of Tsingtao Plane Lands way back their plane shortly after midnight on Kiaochow penin sula across the bay from Tsing lao The plane carried charges and various military maps of u espionage organization The above facts and confes sion provethat the aim of this U S imperialist airplane flight was to invade our territorial air and with the purpose of carrying out planned military reconnais fance help the anticolonial war of the Kuomintang Nation alist brigands The Shantung military head quarters has decided to confiscate the airplane an Since Bender and Smith have confessed their repentance they a in are bemg released and deported line with the policy of the Chinese peoples communist liberation army toward prisoners The broadcast said communists had released 4 captured U S air men last year after Vice Adm Os cfCBadger then commander j ys western Pacific fleet admitted their mistakes in a per sonal letter and guaranteed that no similar occurrence would hari peii again SAME Black means deftth In 2i Houri ing crowds as big as during the 1948 campaign The president visited the press car Monday night for an in formal chat with reporters as his train sped toward Broken Bow Ncbr suggested that the crowds which greeted him Monday compared favorably with those he met on his 1948 tour Mr Truman replied that the reporters had guessed wrong about crowds and his chances for election in 1948 and he wanted them to figure out their own theories on the size of this years audiences bosses and Americans for Dem ocratic Action with dirt cheap prices for food and win the farm ers vote with offers of bribery from the public treasury Mr Trumans Lincoln speech did not win over a democratic ob iector to the Braririan Cooley DN chairman of the house agriculture committee Said Copley The issue has been definitely settled so far as the 81st con gress is concerned This congress rejected overwhelmingly last year even a trial runfor the Brannan plan andIhave seen no change of sentiment since then Mr Truman is telling his between the formal speeches that he is there to find out just how things are going and what the people of the country want the govern ment to The republicans who are or ganized to wfth oratory every time Mr Truman speaks say that his trip is a foredoomed tpfailure effort to win the elec tion of more democrats like him self T   

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