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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 22, 1950, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOk HOME MASON CITYGLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LVI Awociated Precc and United Press Full Leate Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MAY 22 1950 ThU Paper Consists of Two One NO in One Mans Opinion A Badio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor Wanted More Party Workers I bow my salute to the League of Women Voters for a job in which it is now engaged That job is getting its members to become active in the political party of their choice Timed to coincide with the pri mary elections throughout the country a nationwide effort is un der way to focus attention on the fundamental fact that America is traditionally a 2party system and that no party can be better than its leadership One objective of the campaign is to bring light to those among us who in the past have drawn pride from the fact that they are inde pendent voters They regard it as a prime virtue Not Independent at All its easy to prove these independent voters arent independent at all They sit back on their haunches and wait for somebody else to give them both their choice of candidates and their choice of platforms A really independent person it seems to it seems Ho the League of Women Voters would wish to have a voice in the choice of nominees and iq the formulation of the platform Policeman s Wife Leads Hunters on Phony Chase Often the choice presented to the socalled independent voter is wholly unsatisfactory both as to candidate and as to platform By becoming active in party af fairs particularly at the precinct or grassroot level he could help assure himself or herself of a much more palatable choice of his own choosing so to speak Through Education In the view of the League of Women Voters as by Na tional President Anna Lord Strauss in a communication to lo cal unit presidents the key to bet ter business and better statesman ship in government is to be found better understanding and use of representative government We citizens she wrote must our best qualified leaders to spend their full energies on gov ernment The old reluctance of leading citizens to hold office arid make it a fulltime job must be replaced with acceptance of full responsibility We the ordintujy citizens must search oufjthe leSders who are po tential statesmen We must nom inate them We must elect them To do this we must learn use the lull machinery of bur democracy political parties primaries elections We must become skill ful and adept atthe use of these essential parts of the representa tive process Real Story Missed To this view somebody else has added pertinent comment Voting without being an active party member is like buying a book and reading just ihe last chapter You pay full price miss most of dont quite understand why it comes that With this as a premise the league is conducting an educa tional campaign designed to ac quaint members with the nature and structure of political parties and the mechanics by which an individual voters influence can be projected into the nominees and the platform of a political party Included in the course is a full discussion of party caucuses and conventions followed by primaries and elections with party conven tions on statewide or nationwide level gearing into the total picture One of the booklets addressed this goal is cleverly titled You Can Be the Life of the Party Pitied Not Admired All of this just happens to be right down my alley Although by the nature of my calling I have not been overactive in party or ganization myself I believe com pletely in political parties and in party responsibility When I hear somebody remark I vote for the man not the party I pity rather than admire It sounds you begin scratching beneath the surface And the more you scratch the more you will be impressed that we wouldnt have the America we have if this rule had been followed by most of our people down through the years The democracy developed in the United I am accenting the word empha sized party responsibility More than that it has been built on a 2party system as distinguished from the multipleparty system of JIurope and other sections of the world where there is or has been a semblance of democracy Road to Majority Rale It is only with party responsibil ity and with 2 major parties that a nation cari be assured of rule by CONTINUED OH PAGK 2 Says Kidnap a Hoax After Calling Cop Oklahoma City dis traught young wife of a vice squad officer admitted Monday the bizarre 21hour kidnaping chase she led police Sunday was spurred by her own imagination Mrs Jo Raper 23 abrupt ly halted a frantic police hunt when she called her husband C V Raper from a suburban filling station and asked him to come get her But Detective Chief Dwight Brown said officers still hadnt found all the pieces to the puzzling case Brown saJcl Raper and his fellow officers feared Mrs Raper had been overpowered by kidnapers taken nude from her bedroom and held captive as revenge on her husband Raper is assigned to the police gambling detail Note Threatens Brown reported Raper told of ficers he received threatening telephone calls last week and a note in his mail box Which said in part Stay out of my business or that woman will have to take your pun ishment However after long questioning Brown said Mrs Raper broke down and admitted the whole af fair was a figment of my imagi nation The husband sounded the kid naping alarm at 2 a m Sunday when he came home from duty His wife wasgone and there was evidence of a struggle He said her bedroom was in dis order Her tattered night gown lay on the floor A crudely scrawled note was pinned to a linen closet door saying How do you like this Mr Raper Is afrid Raper said outside the house he found a 12foot ladder leaning against a2nd story window where the screen was cut With that to go dn Police Chief L J Hilbert ordered jm allout manhunt f In the afternoon Raper received a telephone call at home He said he heard his wife scream and then AP Wirephoto KIDNAPING Jo Alice Raper 23 wife of a police gambling was kidnaped nude from her bedroom Sunday by a person supposedly seeking revenge on her husband She has admitted the kidnaping was a figment of her imagination Truman Slaps Russia About Chinese Issue By JOHN M HIGHTOWER Washington Tru man Monday assailed Russias boy cott ofthe United Nations over the Chinese communist issue as a willful flouting of the IL N charter He told congress the world or ganization is sensibly carrying on business as usual Conflict Tightens The chief executive attacked the Russian refusal to attend U N sessions with Chinese nationalist delegates in a report to congress in which he also said that the year 1949 produced a tightening of the eastwest conflict After reviewing numerous spe cific issues on which he said the Soviets blocked constructive action in the U N last year Mr Truman declared The year ended with a deep ening of the tension which has marked international relations throughout the postwar period No Agreements He said this was truefor many still hold good in the middle of 1950 Among them he listed failure to agree on an atomic control plant failure to progress toward ending the armaments race and the tendency of the sov iets while blocking German and Japanese peace settlements to iso late themselves increasingly from the rest of the world In this connection the president noted for the first time in a United Nations report that Russia now has possession of the atomic weapon1 He gave the world the first officia western report last September 2 when he announced an atomic ex plosion had occurred in the Sov iet Union Phosphorus Blasts Add to Carnage at the caller hung up before have the call traced Mans Voice Calls He said he got 2 calls early Sunday night In 1 a mans voice said Mrs Raper would be released in front of her Home The other was a woman saying his wife would be freed in a residential area several miles across town Detective Chief Brown said Mrs Raper finally called from a filling station in that residential area Later Brown said Mrs Raper ad mitted she left home of her own accord and was not kidnaped Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Low Monday night 50 high Tuesday 78 Partly cloudy Tuesday Showers likely Tuesday afternoon or evening Iowa Clear Monday night with low 48 to 58 Tuesday partly cloudy with scattered showers or thunderstorms beginning in afternoon or evening High i Tuesday 78 to 85 Southerly winds 2030 MPH Tuesday Fur ther outlook Showers continu ing Tuesday night Low near 55 Some cloudiness with occasion al showers but with occasional periods of sunshine Wednesday High near 75 Minnesota Cloudy and a little warmer Monday night with brief light showers likely extreme west Tuesday partly cloudy turning cooler northwest a few showers likely south and east portions in afternoon or night Low Monday night 5055 High Tuesday 6874 north 7585 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Monday Abandonment of Rail Lines Hit by Beardsley Des Moines William S Beardsley Monday asked the Iowa commerce commission to use its full resources and power to assure the preservation of maximum railroad transporta tion facilities to every Iowa com munity He said his reference was to both abandonment of branch lines and discontinuance of passenger services He addressed a letter to Ernest P Porter commerce com mission counsel The interstate commerce com mission has granted abandon ments left and right in the last couple of years the governor told his news conference If this goes on another 5 years he continued Iowa will be stripped and all we will have left is a few main lines Iowa formerly had the finest system of railroads and branch lines in the nation These were especially important to agricul ture and industry The trackage is important as a matter of defense and diversi fication and development of in dustry If we should have an other war we will wish we had some of the branch lines which have been torn up The Iowa commerce commis sion said it has received 58 pro its last 2 passenger trains on its JewellHawarden branch line The commission has not yet set a time arid place for hearing on the matter The protests came from shippers chambers of com merce and industrial firms along the line The railroad company posted notice recently of intention to discontinue the service because of dwindling revenue The trains cannot be dropped unless the commission permits it The North Western received permission from the commission in recent months to discontinue its last pair of passenger trains on 2 other branch lines They are the JewellSioux City and Belle PlaineSanborn lines tests against plans of the Nprfh Western railroad to discontinue Barker Returned to Nevada Jail Nevada E Barker 31 Story county jail prisoner who last Friday walked away from a dandelion digging detail was back in confinement Monday Barker was captured as he hid in a brush pile in a timbered area 6 miles south of Nevada His capture climaxed a 3hour search which was begun after he had been reported seen near a cabin in the woods north of Max well A car earlier had been stolen in the same area The capture was msftle by Sheriff J I Halley and Highway Patrol Sergeant E C Faber Barker a trusty had only a month leit to serve of a 6month laroeny sentence when he walked off Freight Rote Cuts Urged by ICC Examiner Washington interstate Commerce commission examine Monday recommended cuts of 2 ti 5 per cent in rail and water freigh rates for the territory immediate ly west of Chicago The changes if authorized b the commission would apply onl on incoming an that territor and other points west of the Mis sissippi river v The Myron Witters excepted grain from his recommendations Grain rates be ing considered separately in other cases pending before the commis sion The area affected is known as zone 1 of western territory It in cluded northern Michigan most of Wisconsin portions of Minnesota all of Iowa and the northern half of Missouri Accounting Due on Prisoners Not Returned by the Soviet By DEWITT MACKENZIE AP Foreign Affairs Analyst Somltime somewhere somebody is going to insist on an accounting for the hundreds of thousands of war prisoners and civilians who are said to have disappeared like wraiths without trace into the vast fastnesses of the soviet empire An outburst of heated official denials has followed Mos ows recent hat the repatriation of Jap anese and German prisoners of war has been completed And a wave of grief is sweeping count less homes where families for 5 Long years since the wars end lave been hopefully awaiting the return of fathers and sons and brothers Japan was stunned when in April Moscow announced that Japanese repatriation was com plete except for 2000 prisoners serving sentences as war crim inals Tokyo retorted thatmore than 300000 Japanese prisoners still are missing And the United States Australia and other gov ernments urged the Russians to investigate Then early this month came the soviet announcement that German repatriation was complete Chan cellor Konrad Adenauer of the west German government bitterly charged that 1500000 Germans including tens of thousands of de ported civilians were still missing in Russia He demanded in the name of humanity that the krem lin account for their fate At the same time John J Mc Cloy U S high commissioner for the American zone declared Rus sia failed to account for many hundreds of thousands of German prisoners of war adding I think the world should know what happened to them and the many thousands of Germancivil ians who also disappeared into the Soviet Union 7 lowans Die in Accidents By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Seven died accidental Earthquake in Peru Brings Relief by Air Washington The state department received a report Monday that more than 100 peo ple perished in the earthquake which toppled buildings in the Peruvian city of Cuzco The American embassyat Lima relayed the information from the prefect in Cuzco He advised the minister of public works that more than 100 were killed and 200 injured in the city with out estimating casualties in the surrounding countries Lima Peru emergency airlift Monday rushed doctors medical supplies and food to the ancient Andes city of Cuzco dev astated Sunday by a 12second earthquake At least 50 persons were reported killed and 178 oth ers injured in the oncethriving seat of Inca civilization Perus President Manuel Odria Amoretti dispatched rescue crews to the stricken city 340 miles southeast of Lima The Peruvian health director called on all avail able doctors and nurses to go to Cuzco at once Centuries Old The quake which struck at p m sent many of the citys 45000 residents rushing into the streets while centuriesold Peters Charged With 1st Degree Toledo Albert Peters Gladbrook was charged with 1st degree murder in the shooting of Mrs William Murray Gladbrook Monday in Tama county court The killing occurred Friday at Gladbrook Information filed by Walter Wil lett county attorney said Peters allegedly admitted to Sheriff Rus Kern that he planned for sev eral weeks to kill Mrs Murray and some of the otherneighbors Peters arraignment is pending Maximum Minimum At 8 a m YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 61 45 52 57 48 GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Sunday Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 71 53 56 1 59 49 x AP Wirephoto BOXCAR ON A boxcar loaded with beer jumped the track at McClure 111 and wrecked the Cotton Belt railroads depot Sunday No one was injured Experts Rule Port Unsafe for 4 Days Washington de partment officials said Monday the explosives in the South Am boy N J blast included mili tary mines for Pakistan and blastinr dynamite for use in Afghanistan They said the explosives were licensed in accordance with gov ernment regulations and that an investigation has shown no ir regularities South Amboy Bandaged citizens are still hearing explo sions Monday in tne ruins of the South Amboy waterfront Army officials said it would be 3 to 4 days before the danger of live shells is removed Twenty tons of phosphorus shot flames 100 feet into the air Sun day setting off scores of land mines amid the wreckage of the weekend blast disaster that took 27 lives A board of inquiry heard an ex perts opinion that an antiper sonnel mine dropped accidental ly may have set off the shatter ing explosion of munitions bound Pakistan and Afghanistan Harry A Campbell chief in spector of the bureau of railroads told his version of the possible cause of the disaster to a coast guard board of inquiry headed by Rear Adm H Smith in New York City Explodes iu 4 Barges He said the explosion occurred in a string of 4 barges being used to transport ammunition from rail road cars on the dock to a ship anchored in the harbor It could have been set off if 1 of the men loading the barges had dropped a box containing antiper sonnel he dropped it far enough and ithadno safety device Campbell said Campbell said his opinion was based on 41 years experience with leaths in Iowa over the weekend hree werekilled in traffic dents one in a rod racing mishap and 3 drowned L The dead were Martin M Nugent 20 of Chur dari He was kilted in Carroll when he car in which he was riding early Sunday was crushed between 2 Chicago and North Western trains goingin opposite directions John H Sherrick 23 of Evans dale a suburb of Waterloo killed n a 3car collisionon highway 20 3 miles east of Waterloo Donald McCann 37 of Guthrie Center fatally injured in a hot rod auto race at Marshalltown His car crashed through a gate and flipped over an embankment Lester Bentz 29 of LeMars and Donald Larson 28 of Newell owned when the boat from which they were fishing over turned in Storm Lake Sunday Victor J Handley 42 of Du juque drowned when he fell into he slough where he was fishing rom the bank John Edward Schmidt 42 Searsboro killed when a car in which he was riding left a high way near Montezuma and struck a stump late Friday Three teenagers riding in the car with Nugent jumped just be fore the car was struck They escaped injury Wilbur H Sprague 26 who police said was driving the car was hospitalized but his injuries were not serious Dubuque County Coroner Nor bert Behr said Handley apparently had suffered an epileptic fit just before he fell into the water of Moores Mills slough Sherrick had stopped to help Walter Donovan 24 of Waterloo with his stalled car Another car crashed into the 2 machines kill ing Sherrick and injuring Dono van Authorities said the driver of the 3rd car had not been identified stone buildings crashed down Ter rified citizens knelt in prayer be fore a statueof Christ in Cuzcos main plaza a radio broadcast f rony the isolated provincial capital Until the rescue parties search the Cuzco rums the number bf casualties will riot be knownbut a radio broadcast from there late Sunday night said the deaths have risen to 50 and the num ber of injured to 178 Neighboring Town Hit A governmentcommunique said the nearby town of San Sebastian also had been hit by the quake and had suffered heavy damage The communique said the cas ualty toll in Cuzco probably would have been far greater except for the fact that some 15000 persons were watching a football game in the town stadium when the quake struck None of the spectators was believed hurt It was reported that the Hotel Turista where most foreign visi tors stay was not damaged Cuzco is a popular center for tourists who come to see the ancient Inca ruins and historic churches Much of the archeologically rich Cuzco was reported in ruins The restaurants arid shops were almost totally buried Cuzco radio reported The task of removing the debris is extremely difficult Umpire Shoots Fan Who Fired 1st in Game Greenwood S Car L Roundtree 24 year old baseball fan became enraged Saturday by a1 decision of base umpire James McGowan 58 Roundtree drew a pistol but it failed to fire when he pulled the trigger Umpire Mc Gowan drew his pistol and shot Roundtree dead Sheriff J C White said Monday those were the essential facts in the slaying at Bradley 15 miles south of here at a game between Negro teams representing Brad7 ley and Kirksey McGowan is being held without charge pending an inquest McGowan is a Negro as was Roundtree the bureau of mines He added however that he didnot know what the actual cause was Jjaerailrpadexgect saidhe wait midhigbt Fijfday iirid on SAME Black flu raeani traffic death la Heart Council Bluffs Hires City Manager Banjfor Maine JP Oliver D Comstock has submitted his resig nation as city manager of Bangor effective June 5 to accept the po sition of city manager at Council Bluffs Iowa starting June12 Tn a telegram Monday Comstock said he will receive a salary of a year at Council Bluffs Comstock came here in 1948 Army demolition officers comb ing the area with inine detectors said blasts would continue for an other day or 2 before the water front is safe They had picked up over 3000 mines at a late hour Sunday Four barges laden with muni tions enroute from Newark N J to Kakitsan exploded Friday with a roar heard across the state The blasts left a death toll of 31 wrecked the waterfront of this port 21 miles southwest of New York injured 350 persons with flying glass in all parts of the town and did property damage estimated at Blaze ZigZags The phosphorus fire startled residents anew as a fastspread ing blaze zigzagged through about 50 drums raising a pall of omi nous white smoke over the strick en city State police said the phosphorus drums may have been cracked open by Fridays blast or by a mine detonated by army men Phosphorus ignites when exposed to air The burning chemical set off about 100 more mines The fire was in the blastshattered grounds of the American Agricultural com pany adjacent tothe area of Fri days explosion For time it was feared that a shift in the wind v might blow harmful fumes over the city However police said later that there was no panicand no danger of a general evacuation Exploding mines kept firemen ata respectful distance but the fire Was brought under control within a short timev It was finally decided to let it burn itself out over night Firemen played their hoses from behinda nearby bank building for The 27 men lost in Fridays blast weremainly employes of the Jersey city stevedoring firm which contracted to load the munitions Only4 bodies have been recov ered one of themmangled beyond recognition and officers said it was doubtful if any more would be found whole INCREASE ACTH OUTPUT Chicago com pany principal producers of ACTH announced Saturday that their research has produced new forms of the drug which make it more potent and spread the avail able quantity Have You Been Counted In The 1950 Census IF NOT PHONE 3800 BEFORE 7 P M   

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