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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 21, 1950, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE TNI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NIICHIORS HOME EDITION Mason City Thursday and Friday Nights Until 9 Oclock VOL LVU Prcw mat United ftvu Full CcnU Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY DECEMBER 21 IfM This Paptr Consists of Two C E Wilson Takes Over Mobilization Companies Asked to Give Advance Notice of Price Increases Wwhlntton Charles E Wilson took office Thursday as di rector of defense mobilization and immediately appointed General Lucius Clay and Banker Sidney Weinberg as his assistants Wilson former president of General Electric told reporters of the two appointments at the white house after taking the oath of office in President Trumans presence Wilson said Clay and Weinberg will serve without compensation Clay former U S commander at Berlin is relinquishing his duties as chairnian of the board of the Continental Can Co Weinberg is senior partner of1 Goldman Sachs Co New York investment banking firm He was a vicechairman of the war pro duction board in World war II The oath was administered to Wilson by Chief Justice Vinson in Mr Trumans office Already in another step toward cushioning the shock of the de fense buildup on the nations economy the government had asked 250 large corporations to give at least 7 days notice before raising prices on any major prod ucts Economic Stabilization Director Alan Valentine said this would give his agency time to study the proposals and decide if they were justified If not the agency could ask or order their abandonment or More Valentine telegraphed the com panies to give such advance no tices on any line in which they do an annual business of or more The economic stabilization agen cy ESA also told General Mo tors Corporation that its appeal for modification of an automobile price rollback has been rejected Two firms asked to help hold the price line International Harvest er company and SoconyVacuiim Oil company wired agreement to go along Sinclair Oil Corp offi cials said their company would comply And Standard Oil com pany New Jersey officials said compliance was up to affiliated operating firms but added they would be if theafltili C Internatioaal H a r v ester an nounced price increases announced Dec 12 and voluntarily rolling prices back to Dec 1 levels It said however that this creates a hardship and the firm will press forearly gov ernment hearings on reinstatement of the price increases Cost to Military Commenting on the rapid devel opments in the fight against in flation Rep Sheppard DCal said Thursday that lack of con trols retroactive to June already has cost the military rearmament prograrn55300000000 due to price increases Sheppard is vicechairman of the house armed services commit tee And the senate appropriations committee issueda statement sharply criticizing the soaring prices of rubber tires uniforms parachutes and other items vital to the defense buildup The committee estimated infla tion has cut the value ofdefense appropriations since the Korean fighting began by approximately It told army navy air force and other defense officials that con tracts should be let at once and delivery speeded to avoid addition al price increases A RINGLING DIES Sarasota Fla Mrs Ida Singling North 77 only sister of the Singling brothers of circus fame died in a hospital early Thursday Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy through Friday Warmer Thursday night and Friday Low Thursday night 15 high Friday 32 Iowa Partly cloudy and warmer Thursday night and Friday Low Thursday night 1220 over snowcovered areas 2226 else where High Friday 35 northeast and 3845 south and west Southerly winds 15 MPH Fri day Further outlook Cloudy and mild Saturday Minnesota Mostly cloudy Thurs day night and Friday Light snow northeast portion Thurs day night and extreme north portion Friday Warmer south portion Thursday night and south and west Friday Low Thursday night zero to 5 above north 1018 above south High Friday 1622 extreme north 2634 central and south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics tor the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Thursday Maximum i Minimum 8 At 8 a m 8 YEAR AGO Maximum 35 Minimum o GlobeGazette photo by Musscr CHRISTMAS MAIL PILES mail bags pictured here were piled up at the door of the mail room at the Chicago Great Western station Wednesday evening waiting for the train pickup Reason it was outside was that themain room was too full to hold any more Draft Board Sets Quotas for January Des Moines quotas in January for boards in Iowas 99 counties were announced Thursday by state selective serv ice headquarters The breakdown divides the call for 1350 men according to induc tion dates and induction stations to which they will report Iowa draftees are inducted in Des Moines Omaha Nebr and Sioux Falls S Dak Previous draft calls have been for 860 in September 859 in Octo ber 1179 in November and 672 in December North Iowa couqty quotas re porting dates and reporting sta tions include To Report to Des Moines Jan Butler 14 men Jan Chickasaw 12 Jan 10 Jan 14 Fayette 18 Floyd 10 Jan Franklin 10Jan 14 Fayette 18 Floyd 10 Jan 10 Hardin 13 Howard 8 Hum boldt 6 Jan Gordo 22 Jan 16 Jan Winnebago 6 Wright 10 Jan Worth 8 Jan 6 Mus catine 14 Palo Alto 12 Tama 14 Jan 10 Winneshiek 20 To Report to Omaha Nebr Jan 6 24 Men Leave for Physicals Call Is Doubled Twentyfour men from Cerro Gordo county 5 of them transfers Des Moines Thursday for physicalexamination the local selective service board reported A total of 66 men have been called by the board to report for physicals in January at the Des Moines center Of these 34 will go on Jan 2 and 32 will go on Jan 4 Twentytw6 men from the coun have been selected to report or induction on Jan 15 the draft aoard stated Originally the call aad been for 11 men Senate Votes Billion Washington JP Working at top speed the senate Thursday voted for defense spending and gave approval for of special defense construction much of it top se cret Both measures were passed by voice votes The authoriza tion measures goes on to President Truman The house passed it Wednesday The big appropriation bill a catchall for funds asked by President Truman since commu nist Chinese forces surged into Korea goes backto the house As the bill cleared the senate it carried sonie more than voted by the house Pendergraft Confirmed as Postmaster Henry C Pendergraft director of elementary education for Mason City public schools Thursday was confirmed by the U S senate as postmaster here Pendergrafts nomination was sent to the senate by the president on the recommendation of Sen Guy Gillette of Iowa No official notification has been received yet the Mason Cityan said Civil service procedure in such cases usually requires sev eral weeks he said he had been informed Pendergraft will succeed Miss Dorothy Dunn acting postmaster She succeeded the late Fred A Cahalan acting postmaster after the retirement of A M Schanke PLEADS INNOCENT DCS Moines Rog ers 33 Collins farmer charged with murder in the hotel lobby shooting of Mrs Grace Del Vec chio 35 pleaded innocent when arraigned in municipal court here Wednesday He waived to the grand jury and was ordered held without bond PREVIOUSLY REPORTED 137817 Father Ambrose Springfield Ohio 200 James Minette Clear Lake 100 Mason City Wa Tan Yes 2708 Delta Alpha Class First Congre gational Church A J Thomas Sons 1000 Browninj Club From Tom Fatland 100 Belly k Bob 100 The H M Knudsons Clear Lake 1000 Fred H Terhark Kanawha 500 Queen ttebekah Lodge No Ida 1000 Roscoe Cummings 2 J o h n n y Kathcrinc Stevie Shepard 300 Mrs J W Kelly 500 E G Morse Employes 1500 P E O Chapter 1 Y 070 Marshall Swift and Employes Homeroom 111 Monroe Jr Hi 300 Uij Hq Co Iowa National Guard A Friend W 200 Occident Club Ruth Donnelly 100 Monroe Jr Hi Homeroom 107 Courthouse Employes 1500 Sharon Kay Weniel 100 Mr t Mrs H W Sherman 200 H H Motors MOO Kayenay Employes 1952 Two LiUlc Boys Austin Minn 200 Jackie andJody James 200 Conrrecational 5th Grade Class 100 H D Township 4 SOO 250t 200 1000 SOO 100 200 Johnny Refer Grandma Jost Dr No Name Please Northwestern Distributing Co Bob Jim Ransom Gary Linda Kramer Thorn ton A Friend Help a Lot Club The Breeses Jristol 4H Happy Hustlers Joice A Little Lad of 3 1ears A Lake Mills WellWishei THE BAYS TOTAL 28743 TOTAL TO DATE1S6560 OF CAMPAIGN Gheer Fund Now Crowds Mark OW IT BE COMES QUITE APPARENT that our worries of a week ago about whether the 1951 Christ mas Cheer Fund would go over the top were without proper foundation Its always that way when you sell short the generoushearted people of this community Its a certainty that the nextissue of this news paper will record another victory in this annual Christmas the 25th ina row Word reaches us that the Sal vation Armys kettle campaign on Mason Citys downtown streets hasnt gone aswell as had been hoped Theres the prospect that the total this year Will be no more than half of last years sum While the Christmas Cheer Fund will not come formally to a close until 2 oclock Saturday afternoon we will not be offended at all if some donors decide to make their gift to another worthy cause The address for all contributions remains Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City la Or you may prefer to bring them to the GlobeGazettes business office Deanna Durbin Wed in France Sarresuemines France IP Movie Songstress Deanna Durbin and Screen Director Charles Dav id were married here Thursday in a simple civil ceremony It was the 3rd marriage for Miss Durbin 28 and the 2nd for 44 yearold David Two Lincoln Newspapers Consolidated Lincoln Nebr forma ion of a new corporation consoli dating the two companies publish ing Lincolns daily newspapers the Lincoln Star and the Lincoln State Journal was announced Thursday Climbing costs of printing were cited as a reason for the reorgan ization The consolidated company capi talized at 5600000 is called the JournalStar Printing company It will hold the buildings equip ment and physical property pre viously owned by the separate publishing companies It will be in sole and complete charge of circu lation advertising and mechanical production of both daily news papers as well as the present combined Sunday Journal Star But news and editorial direction of the papers will be under the supervision and control of the old parent companies of each news paper Each newspaper will determine and direct its own news and edi torial policy in complete inde pendence it was announced Only the business and mechanical func tions will be directed by the new company Follows New Trend This arrangement follows the newer trend of the printing com pany contracting with the owner companies for performing one service only namely the furn ishing of news editorial feature matter called content the an nouncement said Thuseach edi torial company is absolutely in 120000 Yardmen Get Pay Increase 40Hour Work Schedule Delayed Until January 1952 Washington ff The white house Thursday announced a 3 vear peace pact between the major railroads and 4 operating rail unions The agreement provides For 120000 railroad An immediate increase of 23 cents an hour with another two cents on Jan 1 and cost of living adjust ments every 3 months beginning next April 1 The adjustments are to be made at the rate of one cent an hour for every rise or fall of one point in the governments consumers price index Boost Retroactive The 23cent pay boost is retro active to Oct 1 For about 180000 road service immediate increase of 5 cents an hour also retroac tive to Oct 1 and another 5 cents effective Jan 1 plus the same cost of living arrangement The settlement was announced oy Presidential Assistant John R Steelman who took over negotia tions in the monthslong dispute after the government seized the railroads last August to avert a threatened nationwide strike Steelman said union leaders had agreed in principle after a 26 hour overnight conference to a moratorium on any further de mands by the 4 unions The agreement probably will ead to quick restoration of the rail line operations to their owners The army has been running the roads A Compromise drafted thesettlement rep companyand of the centralprint ihg company so far as the editori al function is concerned The Journal has published morning and evening the Star has published evening only and a combined Journal and Star has been published Sunday mornings Under the new setup one morning one evening an d one Sunday paper will be printed An nouncement will be made later as to which field will be assigned each paper The two newspapers and the commercial printing department will be housed in the newly con structed Journal building Officersand directors of the newlyformed JournalStar Print ing company are Fred Seacrest president Joe W Seacrest vice president Walter W White sec retarytreasurer and Jay F Sea crest director all ofLincoln and Lee P Loomis of MasonCity Iowa director Necessitated by Costs Officers of the Star Publishing company are Loomis president Philip D Adi er Davenport Iowa vice president and White secre tarytreasurer Officers of t h e State Journal company are Joe W Seacrest president and treas urer and Fred Seacrest vice pres ident and secretary The Seacrests Fred and Joe W continue as copublishers of the Journal and Raymond A McCon nell Jr continues as editor White remains as publisher of the Star and James E Lawrence as editor Publishers explained that the consolidation was necessitated by inflationary printing costs Lin coln they said was one of the last cities of comparable size to follow the 20year nationwide trend toward consolidating two printing operations into one plant The Nebraska State Journal was founded in 1867 The Lincoln Star was founded in 1902 and was purchased in 1930 by associates of the Lee newspapers U S Casualties Raised by 2543 Washington defense department raised its total of an nounced Korean battle casualties to 36421 Thursday This was a rise of 2543 since its last report a week ago The list does not reflect fully the heavy fighting in the Hung nam beachhead area or the retreat to that position It also does not take account of the presumably substantial num ber of frostbite casualties in the winter weather fighting Offer 3 Masses St Boniface Cath olic church with theRev Father M J Manternach as pastor and Father L H Gerleman assistant will have 3 masses on Christmas day at 5 8 and 10 a m Rails Sign 3Year Peace With 4 Operating Unions somfe of the what the railroads offered One of the chief demands ol the trainmen conductors and firemen and enginemenwas a4Qr hour work week wtihout lossin the present 48 There was agreement in prin ciple on thisbut the compromise provides that the 40hour work schedule would be put off at leas until Jan I 1952 that time the manpower situation jvill be studied by both sideswith the help of Steelman If it shouldbe put in effect then the workers will get an additiona 4 cents an hour Besides the cost of living ad justment which auto workers al ready have in their contract the railroads and the 4 unions agreed to another major feature of the auto industry pact That is an al lowance for productivity improve ment each year Can Reconsider After Jan 1 1952 if the gov ernment policy has been to ap prove such improvement allow ances the parties willsit down and consider further wage adjust ments for rail workers They will be assisted in that by Steelman but if they cannot agree any wage adjustments are necessarily on the Dasis of the improvement in pro Truman will be asked to appoint a referee whose decision would be binding Steelman could not say immedi ately whether he would recom mend ending government opera ion of the railroads He said he would consult with the leaders of the 16 other socalled nonoper ating rail unions who are asking for a 25 cent hourly pay increase p decide whether a strike might under consideration Demands of the nonoperating unions1 representing clerks and similar employes are now about he only ones confronting the in dustry Thursdays agreement would wipe out all the standing requests of the 4 operating unions whose members trainmen conductors engineers and firemen and en ginemen actually run the trains Hoover Reports Good Response New York Hoo vers office Thursday reported a tremendous favorable response to his speech Wednseday night proposing a western hemisphere defense against communist aggres sion Tli e telephone hasnt stopped ringing said an office spokes man Telegrams are arriving in floods They started coming in even before Mr Hoover returned to his office from the broadcast ing station Not one message has been un favorable it f fV ALLIES THROW BACK BEACHHEAD Hungnam beachhead was quiet Thursday after a landsea air barrage blast symbols had rolled back a menacing red attack on the small defense perimeter Bodies of Chi nese and Korean reds littered the east flank of the UN de fense ring where the attack was made Gas Grenades Hurled by RedsBeachhead Holds By EARNEST HOBEEECHT United Press Staff Correspondent smpkegriined II S3rd division troops dfirmly to their 5milewide beachhead in northeast tea communist troops irmed with gas gireiiaaes A delayed dispatcli from the Hungnam beachhead said Chinese reds hurled the gas grenades at the defending forces for the 1st time during thrusts against thedefense perime ter Sunday An official spokesman in Tokyo confirmed enemy use o the grenades and said thej Atlantic Plan Only Way Acheson Hoover Speech Sets OffGiant Debate on Europe Washington Secretary of State Acheson told President Truman Thursday the appoint ment of Gen Eisenhower as su preme allied commander In Eu rope has rreatly heartened ami inspired the European nations By JOHN M MIGHTOWER Washington W Secretary of tate Acheson returned from his hortest and most decisive mission o Europe Thursday to face a stiff ew republican challenge to his olicy of European rearmament s well as his continuance in of ce Flyingabout 15 hours behind chedule because of bad weather Vcheson landed at Washingtons Tational airport at a m CST e had left here only last Sunday nd in the intervening 3 days had 1 Agreed as American repre entative onthe North Atlantic reaty council meeting at Brus els to creation of a 1000000 man international de ense army which will include oth American and German uhitsj nder General Dwight Eisenhow er as supreme commander 2 Worked out with British For gn Minister Bevin and FrencH oreign Minister Schuman a fi al draft of a note to Russia ex ressing readiness for a Big4 meeting to discuss eastwest erences on a wide range of is ues Convinced SucCeM Asked by newsmen at the air were filled with a combina tion Qf smoke and tear gas It is t not what is usuall thought of as gas th spokesman said although it obvi ously possesses qualities n beneficial to Against Puerto Kicans The gasgrenade attack was made against the 3rd divisions Puerto Rican 65th regiment bu no other details of the engagement were available In Washington a war depart ment spokesman said all Ameri can troops are issued gas masks mthe did notknowwhether the Hungnam forces actually were carrying them Front dispatches arid communi ques reported that an aroundthe clock land sea and air bombard ment still was com munists from attacking the shrink ng beachhead in strength Gen Douglas MacArthurs afternoon communique also re ported the ominous appearance of enemy reinforcements opposite he northeast rim of the new Jnited Nations 8th armys defense ine above Seoul It said communist battalions fvere moving into positions south if Kumhwa 53 miles northeast of ieoul and 20 miles north of the 38th parallel and northeast of Yonchon 35 miles north of Seoul and 6 miles above the parallel Heavy Traffic The rear areas show signs of heavy traffic the communique aid There was a heavy move ment of freight cars toward the front during the night It gave no indication whether he fresh units were Chinese or Sorth Korean Only North Korean units have been in contact with th army patrols so far however Company sized patrols of the U S 24th division clashed with 00 to 700 North Koreans near the 8th parallel north of Seoul dur ng the past 24 hours a front dis iatch reported Seoul itself xvas girding for bat le Women children and the iged were streaming south for afety and the government cut off all power for private homes The city lost its main power upply when the North Korean Hommuhists captured the Hwa hon hydroelectric plant 6 miles north of the 38th parallel last weekOther plants will continue o supply power for military and public installations the govern ment said Jet Victory F86 Sabre jets the worlds astest known fighter plane scored heir 3rd victory in a week over oyietbuilt jet fighters some 20 miles south of the Manchurian border in northwest Korea Thurs day Two of the Sabre jet fighter tangled briefly with two Russian built MIG15 jets damaged on of vthem and sent bothstreakih back to the sanctuary of Man churia LtCol T Eagleston 29 of Alhambra Cal got in 4 bursts it one of the enemy jets scoring lits on both sides of the fuselagi arid on the tail pipe section The MIG began to smoke in large lack puffs and was still smoking as itdisappeared into Manchuria tire Destroys Algona Theater After Matinee Algona fire coming just 0 minutes after a matinee had nded destroyed the Call theater lere Wednesday afternoon Deans watch shop also was a otal loss Two adjoining build ngs were damaged by smoke and George Wesley 77yearold car enter was the only man in the leater when the fire broke out 3e was repairing seats He was reated for shock The fire which apparently tarted m theboiler room in the asement and rear of the buiJd ng spread quickly Only the vailswere left standing One estimate placed damage at 75000 The watch shop was locatedin ic same building The adjoining Cent Motor Co and the Pratt Electric Co were damaged by moke and water The theaters losses included 00 pounds of popcorn whichhad een delivered Wednesday to the heater SAME 55t Black meant traffic mat SI hen ts at the meetinghad con ributed to world Achesoa eplied This is the only way we can possibly do it He added that he thought the conference was very successful H Freeman Matthews deputy undersecretary of state for polit ical affairs met the secretary at the airport The white house had announced earlier that President Truman wouldcalT off plans to meet the plane because of the late hour The temperature at field was below freezing He was asked to comment New York speech Wednesday night by former President Her bert Hoover but said he had not heard of it before and wouldhave o read it before commenting This speech war assessed in a newchallehge ministration foreign policy 1 Isblatiohism c The speech from Senator lehman the charge that loover was pleading for a re urn to complete isolationism Senator Taft HOhio who said e agreed with some of the prin iples of Hoovers position re marked that some people prob bly would consider it isolation st The Hoover line appeared to be he exact opposite of that taken or the past several years by the ruman administration and par icularly in the two years since Vcheson has been secretarv of tate The commitments just made by cheson at Brussels in fact are hat the United States will join n helpingbuild up western Eur pes defenses President Tru man told a news conference Tues ay that this country will send more forces to the European area s quickly as possible The debate if it develops along nes indicated by Hoover seems kely to provide one of the big ssues for the new session of con ress beginning in January when cheson Defense Secretary Mar hall and the president himself have to seek congressional rants or funds to finance the urqpean military build up Faces Questioning In the meantime Acheson is ex ected to talk to the senate and ouse foreign affairs committees s soon as meetings can be ar anged Republican members of committee are certain to ques on him at length about the Brus els conference And it may be in lese closed door sessions that he ill first encounter directly the ew line of GOP attack signalled y Hoover Achesons position in the Tru an administration however ap eared publicly much more secure son his return home than at the me of his departure for Europe resident Truman at his Tuesday ews conference flatly rejected epublican demands that he re ace Acheson   

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