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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 17, 1950, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL LVI MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION 111JJLU Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY AUGUST 17 1950 This Paper Consists of Two One No 267 Three Red Divisions Hit Central Front Congress Likely To Shelve UMT President Wont Press for Training Measure Until Next Year By DONALD SANDERS Washington ap peared Itkely Thursday to leave on a shelf at least until next year a request from the defense depart ment for standby legislation to re quire military training of the na tions youths President Truman gave second hand backing to the request for prompt approval of a bill calling for 6 months of continuous train ing and another 6 in related ac tivity for young men between 17 and 20 But the white house made it clear before Secretary of Defense Johnson submitted his request late Wednesday that Mr Truman will not press for such legisla tion this year Looks To Other Bills The president has repeatedly asked for universal military train called he has been quoted by white house spokesmen within the past few days as not wanting to jeopardize other defense legislation by pres sing for it now Johnson proposed that congress put the UMT law on the books at once but that it give the president authority to say when program shall start He said the military could not now divert to UMT the trained officers who would be needed as instructors for 850000 youths annually Cost Billion The secretary who said Mr Truman approved his request made no estimate of the programs cost Recent official estimates have placed it at about 000 a year p The bill which Johnson sub mitted to the senate and house armed services committees would divide the proposed training into two phases After 6 months of continuous paid training youths could elect a number of courses including active duty or service ir reserve or national guard units some SAME Black Iar means trafiio death in pas 31 hours AP Wirephoto ROUGH pilot of this Navy Corsair fight er plane damaged by enemy antiaircraft fire over Korea manages to make a onewheel landing aboard U S carrier operating off Korean coast and comes to stop nose down Americans Using Bigger Rocket on Russian Tanks Tokyo airmen are using a new inch rocket to knock out Russianmade tanks in Korea General MacArthurs headquar ters said Thursday the new anti tank weapon went into service in record time Headquarters said Lt Gen Hoyt S Vandenberg air force chief of staff ordered quick pro duction of the rocket 4 weeks ago after pilots said 5 inchers were not consistently knocking out the tanks A naval ordnance station at Inyokern Gal worked night and clay to produce the bigger rocket It was used in action in Korea less than a month later The new rocket has a longer head than the 5 incher and hits harder Some planes are already using an 1175 inch rocket launcher called Tiny Tim Trainmen Call Strike on Two Short Lines Washington trainmen and conductors unions Thursday called strikes on two short line railroads beginning next Tuesday to last until midnight Saturday Aug 26 The walkouts were ordered on the Elgin Joliet and Eastern rail road with headquarters in Chi cago and the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie railroad Pittsburgh effective at 6 a m local time Aug 22 A spokesman for the unions said the strikes will directly involve 5000 workers and will indirectly idle perhaps 50000 Similar 5day walkouts were directed Wednesday at 3 strategic terminals employing 3000 train men The terminal railroads are the Kentucky and Indiana Term inal railroad with headquarters at Louisville the Minnesota Transfer railroad with headquarters at St Paul and the River Terminal rail road with headquarters at Cleve and The two unions are engaged in wage dispute with the nations ailroads Wiley Wants Effort to Keep China Reds Out By OLIVER W DEWOLF Washington Wiley Thursday called for an allout effort to keep the Chi nese communists out of the South Korean fighting Saying that the Russians had baited a trap in Asia the rank ing active republican member of the senate foreign relations com mittee declared in a statement The greatest challenge that we now face is to use every ounce of diplomatic strategy that we have in preventing the Chinese red armies from becoming in volved with us in a titanic struggle Bleed Us Dry Such a struggle would bleed us completely us of our manpower bleed us of our arms bleed us of our economic strength The United States he said must use its friends in the Phil ippines India China and else where to prevent the communists from attempting to stir up a race war against the United States Wiley said he had asked the administration for a complete re port on its plans to avoid tangling with the Chinese reds in Korea and southeast Asia Wiley made no mention ol President Trumans order to the 7th fleet to defend the island of Formosa where the Chinese na tionalist government is en trenched against communist in vasion Neither did he take note of re peated republican demands tha the United States send military supplies to the nationalists Attacks Acheson Senate Republican Leader Wherry of Nebraska told the sen ate Wednesday that the respon sibility for the shedding of Ameri can blood in Korea rests with Sec retary of State Acheson He said it had been Achesons policy to equip only a South Ko rean police force instead of sup plying the largerscale military aid approved by congress Wiley hit a similar note 21 blaming the administration fo lack of military preparedness and homefront economic and defens planning In fact he said all we hav is the bluff and bluster of th 32 Americans Hands Tied Shot by Reds By HAL BOYLE With U S 1st Cavalry Korea American pris ners with hands tied behind their lacks were shot dead Thursday V red Koreans on a hill west of Vaegwan just before a U S pa rol reached the spot The reds tried to kill 37 pris oners in all But 5 lived to tell he story They said the commu lists also massacred the wounded as they lay moaning on the ground This was in the area that was combed Wednesday by 98 B29s n the heaviest air raid of the war iCilling of prisoners in this fash is typical retaliation for such an assault Found on Ridge The execution of the prisoners was on hill 303 which was cap aired by the reds Thursday morn ing Their bodies were found in a lillside gulley recaptured by the 5th cavalry this afternoon The American prisoners were killed only two hours before troopers retook the ridge The hill had been fought over for 3 days The 37 Americans were mowed down by bursts of gunfire Three North Korean prisoners were taken after a sharp fire fight nearby One of them was posi tively identified by an American survivor Cpl James Melvin Rudd of Salyersville Ky as a member of the squad of killers This prisoner denied he had taken any part in the action Regi mental officers said he would be sent back with recommendation that he be tried as a war criminal incompetent unprepared demo cratic administration SOUTH KOKfA In Favor of Lynching On the way back from the lowans War Casualties Washington depart ment of defense Thursday an nounced the following casualties 11 the Korean war Arlynn C Burke son of Clifford Burke Route 1 Thompson previously reported missing in Missing in vt Raymond F Rowland son of Mrs Rose A Rowland South linton Pvt Jesse W Rutliff son of Jessie William Rutliff Moul ton Cpl Clyde Delbert Steele son of Mrs Ester M Steele route 4 Charles City AP Wircphoto KOREAN REFUGEES GET IN WAY OF of the U S 1st cavalry division man a sandbag post as Korean refugees stream across the Naktong river on the central front In the background are enemy held hills Refugees fleeing the invading North Kpiean reds were permitted to cross the river after American officers and South Korean police crossed the river to screen them More than 5000 men women and children made the cross ing This picture was made by Photographer Carl Myclans of Life magazine Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clearing Thursday night Friday fair Cooler High Friday in mid 70s Low Thurs day night 50 to 55 Iowa Fair Thursday night and Friday Cooler Thursday night with low 48 to 54 north 54 to 58 south High Friday 74 to 78 Decreasing humidity Further outlook Partly cloudy Saturday and Sunday widely scattered local showers Saturday night Warmer Saturday Cooler Sun day Low Friday night 52 to 58 High Saturday 80 to 85 Minnesota Fair Thursday night cooler southeast portion Partly cloudy Friday showers north portion by night Low Thursday night 4045 north 4550 south High Friday 7075 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Maximum 91 Minimum 65 At 8 a m Thursday 67 Precipitation trace YEAR AGO Maximum 89 Minimum 62 Senate Finance Okays Tax Boost for War Money Washington The Sen at finance committee Thursday unanimously approved President Trumans first instalment1 Sa 000000000 tax boost to help fi nance the Korean war and tn arm America against communist ag gression The legislation which may go to the presidents desk by Sept I puts the nations tax laws vir tually on a wartime footing It boosts individual income j taxes by about meaning increases of up to 20 per cent for the 50000000plus tax payers will pay more a year The measure provides a full tax exemption on the service pay of GIs fighting the Korean war It gives tax incentives to quicken industrys retooling for the pro duction of the needs of the armed forces It contains no excess profits tax on corporations but the fi nance committee instructed its staff to draw up proposals for later action looking toward the im position of such a levy in 1951 Moreover the committeeor dered its staff to study the pos sibilities of an excess profits levy on the warswollen incomes of individuals and to look into the Dossibilities of wholesale or re tail sales taxes or a national front we met the prisoner and Corporal Rudd on their trip back for joint questioning With Rudd was another survivor Corporal Roy L Day Jr of El Paso Texas Day looked at the two North Korean prisoners in the back of the truck nnd said If you ask me I think they should be shot just as they shot our men rather than be given a trial Or else we ought to string them up right now Corporal Rudd member of an 81mm mortar company told the story like this We were captured on the morning of the 15th two days ago These gooks came through in tanks and a lot more were fol lowing on foot We sent in a call for help as we didnt have the weapons to fight infantry We were told that 60 South Koreans would be sent up in about an hour under a Lieutenant Tak A little later we saw some Ko reans We called out Lieuten ant Tak An officer answered us Some of them had South Ko rean markings on them There were about 45 or 60 of them We fired a few rounds and then stopped We still were confused as the officer had identified him self by the name of the leader of the South Koreans we were ex transactions tax Although the measure does not plug all the tax law loopholes that Mr Truman suggested Finance Chairman George told newsmen I am confident the bill will produce revenue close to 000000000 AP Wirephoto REDS OPEN DRIVE ON TAEGU arrow 1 shows area between Waegwan and Kunwi where North Koreans have opened drive on Taegu Three red divisions are reported within 15 miles of the city In Changnyong area 2 reds and Americans are engaged in some of the wars fiercest fighting In Chinju sector 3 U S forces withdrawn from ChinjuSachon area solid line to new positions sawtooth are alerted for possible North Korean push toward Pusan Communists are believed as sembling in Pohang area 4 for possible strike at U S communication center at Yongchon pecting Friendly Greeting They came right into our fox holes shaking our hands and tak ing our weapons as if to examine them Then they lined us up and marched us down to a place north of Waegwan They took us into a gully after taking our shirts our shoes our socks our helmets and our ammo Then they tied our hands with telephone wire shoestrings and rawhide Rudd said the reds tried to get them across the river saying they would take the Americans to Se oul former South Korean capital The reds said they had 5000 pris oners in a stockade at Seoul But American troops were get ting too close The North Koreans took the prisoners to a gully and gave them their 1st food of the day The food was a pear and an ap ple apiece We dug holes in the sand for water Rudd said Then thej kicked sand in the holes and hit us with their weapons Last night they tried again to get us out They took 5 out of our group of 43 and I never did know what they did to them Later they took us back to the ravine At daybreak they started a heav3 firing engagement with some of our troops We sat there all morning with our hands still bound behind us I thought my wrists would be cut n two My fingers still are numb About this afternoon they ook us to a ravine below an apple orchard We were worried because Cor poral Day had heard them talking he night before and an officer had said they should kill us if our own troops got too close Other wise we would be taken across the river Our F51 Mustang planes be gan bombing and strafing a hill and a patrol from G company came towards the orchard Saved by Fall There were two guards watch ing us They got on each end of the ravine and hollered something and about 14 red soldiers ran up Then the guards and soldiers opened up on us with burp Rus sian automatic guns Corporal Rudd said he was saved because he was lying on the ground and a near him was across him soldier standing killed and fell His buddy Corporal Day also es caped injury although a bullet ripped through his belt and an other through his pants leg Our patrol kept coming and the gooks got scared Corporal Rudd said They started to leave but some of our boys were moaning and groaning so the gooks came back and shot the many as they saw Then they took off north over the hill towards the river U S Asks UN to Speed Force to Korea Front Lake Success The United Nations security council failed at a closeddoor meeting Thursday to break its deadlock over inviting Korean representa tives to take part in UN debates Lake Success United States called upon other United Nations members Thursday for more speed in sending ground forces to the Korean battle area In its 2nd report to the security council on operating under Gen Douglas MacArthuvs unified com mand the United States also urged that more attention should be given to military units already in existence rather than to recruit ing and training special units for Korea The report was the 1st submit ted since Russias Jakob A Malik became president of the council Aug 1 The previous report was submitted July 25 While the new report covers operations only up to July informed quarters said the major conclusions still hold good now No River Barrier North of Capital Sudden Lunge Described as Most Serious of the War Bv RELMAN MORIN Tokyo AP Thirty thousand N o r t h Koreans opened a massive drive on Taegu on the central Korean warfront Thursday The reds poured through steep mountain passes 15 miles north of the South Ko rean emergency capital They were east of t h e Naktong river Only two South Korean di visions stood between them and Taegu South Koreans controlled the mountain pass roads The communists poured out of the B29 bombed area west of the river They jumped off from an area between Waegwan and Kunwi Marines Moved Their attack started a few hours after U S marines and the 24th infantry division struck a new allied blow at the 12000man red bridge head on the east bank of the Naktong river near Changny ong 23 miles southwest of Taegu The marines had been pulled out of the south coastal area where they had made ad vances on Chin IK They were ordered back 20odd miles to the east and then shunted northward for the Changny ong attack The U S 25th infantry di vision took the marines places in the coastal line just west of Masan southern port which is 27 airline miles east of Pusan It was on the north central front north of Taegu that the reds were making their most dangerous threat how Sports Bulletin New York D Nor ris president of t h e Interna tional Boxing club announced Thursday that all negotiations had been completed for a heavyweight title bout between NBA Champion Ezzard Charles and Joe Louis at Yankee stadi um Sept 27 Lost Child Found Asleep on Railway Tracks Near Home Claricd posse of police firemen and national guardsmen had a busy evening Wednesday when 3yearold Russell Starkey son of Mr and Mrs Harry Stark ey was reported missing The family lives in a trailer camp here and late in the after noon the boy disappeared After a search the lad was found safe and sound but fast asleep on a railroad track 2i blocks from home DIES OF INJURIES Leon L Griffin 64 of Waterloo died in a Leon hos pital Thursday of injuries suffered in an auto accident near here Tuesday Headless Frenchman of Kettle Creek Roams in Pennsylvania Lock Haven Pa you dont believe in ghosts Well maybe thats because you dont live near Road Hollow For the headless Frenchman of Kettle Creek still roams the wilds in these parts At least thats what the folks of Clinton county say And a re porter and photographer for the Lock Haven Express who checked the authenticity of the legend arent saying yes or no Legend has it that the ghost be longs to a French explorer who robbed a secret cave of Indian sil ver some centuries ago The In dians it seemed avenged their loss by beheading the Frenchman when he returned for more silver Reporter Pete Stevenson and Photographer Jim Patterson act ing on instructions from Hy Cram mer postmaster of the hamlet of Hammersley Fork set out to track down the ghost On a chilly misty night they parked their car near the bridge spanning Kettle Creek at Road Hollow As they sat waiting the only sound filling the night air was that of the distant pounding of a gas well drill working the night shift Suddenly a flickering wavering form reared up less than 100 feet away They edged toward the eerie reddishwhite figure for a better look A sound like that of a low almost painful moan could be heard The figure glided away up the bank and on to Road Hollow It moved quickly in the faint moon light They ran to keep it in sight A metal filmholder fell from Pattersons pocket They stopped to pick it up When they looked up again the headless Frenchman was gone Some say the Frenchman still roams the wilds of Clinton county looking for his head Others say hes angry because wildcatters are drilling for gas As one valley resident put it Its his life blood that natural gas and these drillers are eating it all up If they keep piping the gas out the headless Frenchman will die Some scientifically Inclined folk scoff at the legend They say the moan is nothing but methane gas seeping from crevices A for est ranger offered the suggestion that the eerie ghostlike figure is caused by glowing phosphorous clinging to moss and rotten logs in the damp woods And then theres the story of the silver Woodsman Harry Wal ters showed Stevenson and Pat terson a piece of silver the size of a golf ball He said he found it in the woods And theres a lot more of the Indian silver around he said Disbelievers have an answer for that too they suggest its some manner of ore has become silverizcd over the years Maybe so And then again may not ever The sudden thrust vvas described by U S 8th army headquarters as the most serious one to the United Nations in Korea Bombing Doesnt Help It followed a massed bombing attack by 98 B29s Wednesday which was aimed to slow the red offensive AP Correspondent Leif Erick son at 8th army headquarters in Korea said the North Koreans were attacking with between 25 000 and 30000 troops In the path of the invaders were two South Korean divisions The sudden outburst to the north developed after U S ma j rines and the U S 24th infantry division jumped off with a coun terattack in the reds Changnyong rivercrossing bulge in a bloody effort to drive the enemy back across the Naktong The marinearmy attack roared up teep Slaughterhouse hill near Changnyong 23 miles south west of Taegu The Changnyong fighting was fiercest of the war Supported by tanks heavy artil lery and planes using rockets bombs and machinegunfire the marines attacked a strategic ridge 26 miles southeast of Taegu in a renewed offensive against 12000 reds holding the Changnyong bridgehead east of the Naktong river Reds Bounce Back The North Koreans snapped back from the terrific pounding they received from 98 Superfort resses Wednesday when their 25 square mile concentration area west of Waegwan was hit with more than 850 tons of bombs The reds lashed out and cap tured a hill two miles northeast of Waegwan in the early morning but U S 1st cavalry division troopers fought halfway back up the ridge about 14 miles north west of Taegu emergency capital of South Korea More Atrocities Thirtytwo more American prisoners presumably from the U S 1st cavalry division were found shot dead by red Koreans in the Waegwan front Their hands had been tied behind their backs U S 8th army headquarters in Korea said the communists were massing anew to the north and northeast of the bombed area and might be shifting their main thrust to between Waegwan and Kunwi where they would meet South Ko ean divisions Kunwi is 25 miles north of Taegu Swinging the marines into renewed offensive against Changnyong bridgehead involved a   

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