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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 21, 1951, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THI NIWSPAPtft THAT MAKSS ALL NORTH IOWAHI NII6HIORS HOME EDITION VOL LVD Associated Preuand United Pmt Full LMM Wirw a Cot MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 21 1951 Tbii Paper Consists of Two No US DiSalle Is Busy Explaining New Price Increases By MAX HALL Washington MP Economic Stabilizer Eric Johnston Wednesday renewed his efforts to repair the wage control program by luringlabor leaders back into it At the same time Price Director Michael VvDiSalle was busy defending the price control program against the criti cism of labor leaders and others who are disappointed be cause prices havent stopped rising Concerning wages Johnston scheduled new talks with union leaders and members of the wage stabilization board The future form of the board was at stake So was the future of a proposed wage formula now on Johnstons desk awaiting his action The formula would allow em ployers to grant raises up to 10 per cent above the level of Jan 15 1950 It got the votes of the public and industry members of the board last week but the 3 labor members voted no and resigned Tues day they issued their dissenting opinion They said the formula has the effect of continuing the Jan 25 wage freeze The board majority says the formula would unfreeze the wages of the vast majority of workers enabling them to catch up with the leaders One Leg Gone Tuesday night after a day of meetings Johnston told reporters we are trying to find the basis for complete labor support of a wage policy He said that in a democ racy the tripartite laborin dustrypublic system is the best He spoke of the board in this man ner We have a tripod with one lej gone We have got to repair that Concerning DiSalle on two radio programs Tuesday night was challenged sharply to explain why the price freeze order hasnt stopped price rises Walter Reuther president o the CIO Auto Workers appeared on one of these programs and said the order is a fraud upon the American people gave 4 reasons why prices will continue upward for a few months 1 There is a lag between whole sale and retail prices and to keetf from putting an unfairsqueeze on the retailers the government mus allow them to pass on to their customers many price increases already in the works 2 The defense production ac bans price ceilings on farm pfOr ducts selling below parity and if all these are allowed to rise to parity this will add an estimated two percent to the cost of living Higher Exicse Taxes 3 Congress is considering high er excise taxes and these may raise the cost of living another two per cent 4 And said DiSalle I sup pose therell be some wage in creases thatll have to be taken care of He meant many com panies cant afford to raise wages without also raising prices DiSalle repeated what he said last week about if the next two or three months show that the parity provision of the law interferes with the efforts to hold theprice line he will recom mend that this provision be changed Opposition to such a move came promptly from Herschell D New som master of the national Grange who was on the same broadcast with DiSalle and Reu ther Town The program originated in Fredericksburg Va although DiSalle participated from Washington Rotation of Yanks in Korea Months Away Glark Says Western Front Korea tation of American troops in Korea is several months off at least Gen Mark W Clark said Wednes day Clark commander of U S field forces denied making a statement attributed to him that mass re placement of battleweary forces in Korea by fresh troops from the U S would begin immediately Boarding a plane for Tokyo after a 4day tour of the Korean battlefront Clark said A rotation plan is desirable and we would not want the burden of this war carried by the people already here But before rotation on a large scale can begin we must build up our forces in the far east command Its going to take some months at neiun DiSalle Puts Ceiling on All Automobiles Washington UR Price Con troller Michael V DiSalle cracked down Wednesday on a nationwide newused car racket with an order setting retail price ceilings on all automobiles The order applies to cars sold by dealers or individuals and is effective March 2 DiSalle said the new ceilings are temporary and will be replaced as soon as possible by a permanent control order Dealers ceiling prices for new cars will be the manufacturers list price plus charges for legitimate extras The ceiling for any used car still being manufactured will be the delivered ceiling price of the same car when new If a 1950 Chevrolet for example sold originally for no dealer or individual can buy or sell it for more than that price after March 2 For all other models of used price listed for that make and model in the January 1951 issue of the official guide which the sell er customarily used between Dec 1 1950 and Jan 25 1951 The order probably will mean a bigrollback on thousands of new used cars now standing on deal ers lots throughout the country Price control officials said a largenumber of new automobiles were being driven a token distance from the dealers Showrooms and then put on sale as used cars at more than new car prices The ex isting ceilings on new car prices can thus be evaded Young Swears He Got No Fee for RFC Loan Washington E Merl Young onetime government mes senger swore Wednesday that he never received any fees or com missions from anyone who wanted a reconstruction finance corpora tion loan Young denied to a senate bank ing subcommittee that he offered to be influential in obtaining a RFC loan for the Tex mass Corp a Texas and Massa chusetts oil development com AP Wirephoto SENATOR BUTLER SPEAKS John Mar shall Butler RMd speaks up Tuesday at a senate rules subcommittee hearing in Washington on the charges of Millard Tydings left that false and fraudulent cam paign literature was used against him in the 1950 cam paign Tydings former democratic senator from Mary land was beaten by Butler in his bid for reelection Murder Suicide Take 4 Lives in 2 Tragedies Greenfield S A distraught farmer shot his wife to death as she lay in bed early Wednesday cars the ceiling will be the highest Then he killed himself after send ing his 3 frightened young chil dren into the foggy night with or ders to go to the home of a neigh bor a mile away The deaths of Mrs Harry Kerr 35 and her 37yearold husband were listed officially as murder and suicide Unharmed Their 3 children were not harmed Sheriff Don Foster said the tragedy occurred about 2 a m on the Kerr farm which is located in the southeast corner of Adair county about 12 miles from Green field No definite motive had been es tablished but Kerrs father Ross Kerr said his son had been hav ing a hard struggle financially Both bodies were found in bed Mrs Kerr was in her night clothes and the husband was in his shirt and underwear Sheriff wife Foster said Kerr in the side and in the shot Perjury Charge testimony on that point pany His contradicted that of Ross Bohan non a Dallas Texas attorney who told the subcommittee earli er that Young sought an fee from Texmass to influence granting of the loan One of these two men is a iar said Senator Tobey RN Tobey a member of the sub committee added Somebody has committed per jury Well Im not lying about it1 Bohannon said when he was re called to the stand for further questioning Both men stuck to their stories when they were asked if they would like to comment on each others testimony Close to Truman Bohannon who represented the Texmass firm had described Young as a man of tremendouc nfluence who was close to President Truman Young husband of a white louse stenographer said he did meet with Bohannon once at Bo lannons request to discuss the Texmass loan Young quoted Bohannon as say ng he wanted not only Young to work on the loan but as saying they would have to have Boyle too That was a reference to William Boyle Jr chairman of the democratic national committee Young said he later told Boyle about Bohannons statement and hat Boyle told him to forget it Banker Wins Bankroll From Rival Banker North Kansas City Mo H Wooldridge vice president of the National bank here Tues day won a chamber of commerce uncheon door prize that he doesnt need It was a savings account with a starting deposit from the State bank Nationals only rival in North Kansas City left eye with a 410 shotgun The children Dixie Diane 12 Larry 9 and Jerry Dean 7 were awakened by the two shots which killed their mother Sent to Neighbors Their father hurried them into their clbthes and to go to the homeof Harlan Vandewa ter a farm neighbor who lived a mile off It was a densely foggy night After the children departed Foster said Kerr shot himself through the forehead When the children arrived Vandewater drove to the farm of Mrs Kerrs brother Dale Burger 3 miles away Together they went to the Kerr home discovered the bodies and called officials There were no signsof struggle Kerrs father said his son re him he wasnt making a go of it and planned to file bankruptcy The father said tie assured his boy he would help him out Ross Kerr lives 6 miles east of Greenfield Mrs Kerr was the daughter of Mr and Mrs George Burger of Greenfield The Kerrs had bought their farm in 1947 3rd at Greenfield It was the 3rd tragedy in the Greenfield area within about a month On Jan 19 Mrs Kathryn Ann Schrader 25 was shot to death in her farm home Max B Martin 28 an exconvict charged with murder in the case told of ficials he became angry when Mrs Schrader refused to give him gas oline On Jan 26 Mrs Harold D Rob erts 28 was found dead of strang ulation in her bed and her 35 yearold husband of a few weeks was found lying in the bathroom bleeding from selfinflicted razor cuts He has recovered and has been charged with murder Farm House Burns Near New Hampton New Hampton destroyed the farm home of John N Ander son 6 miles northeast of here Tuesday with loss of all of the furnishings and clothes of the family except a refrigerator and stove An overheated furnace was believed to be the cause of the fire Loss is estimated at nearly 410000 Waterloo taxicab driver whose wife had sued him for divorce shot and killed his father inlaw wounded 3 other persons including his estranged wife ane then killed himself late Tuesday afternoon Dead were Harold Reichel abou 25 and his fatherinlaw Harold Smith about 50 MrsHarold Smith 50 Reichels motherinlaw was shot 3 times in the chest and abdomen Her condition was reported as critical Alsohospitalized with less se vere wounds were Mrs Margerj Reichel 20 the taxicab driver wife and Keith Sassaman 39 sup erintendent of a printing plan where Mrs Reichel worked Chief of Detectives Emil Steffen said Sassaman was taking Mrs Reichel and another girl Jolene Lonie 19 home from work in his car Forced to Curb As Sassaman turned into a res idential street Steffen said Rei chel in another car forced the Sassaman auto to the curb Reicha then got out and shot Sassaman in the stomach and Mrs Reichel in the shoulder with a smallcaliber revolver Reichel then drove to the Smith home Steffen saidwhere he shot Mr and Mrs Smith and fifed a fatal bullet into his own head Steffen said Miss Lonie who shared an apartment with Mrs Reichel gave this version of the shooting Reichel drove his car alongside SaXsamans and forced it to the curb Failing to open the locked door on the drivers threatened to kill side Reichel Keith if Col leen didnt get out of the car Lots of Shooting Mrs Reichel and Sassaman both got out of the car and Reichel 1st fired two shots into the ground and then shot once at Sassaman As I ran to a nearby house to call police Miss Lonie said 1 heard another shot when he hit Colleen Steffen said Reichel left Sassa man and Mrs Reichel lying on the parking and drove to the Smith home There he shot Mr and Mrs Smith and then turned the gun on himself Mrs Reichel in filing suit for divorce had obtained a court order restraining her husband from both ering her Steffen said The Reichels yearold daughter lived in the Smith home but was not there at the time of the shoot ing Steffen said Award Contract for Paving Highway 18 The 61 miles of paving on the relocation of highway 18 near Gar ner will be built by Fred Carlson Decorah this year for 360223 the Iowa highway commission an nounced Wednesday The project was one in S5447 446 worth which were let at Ames to the low bidders Contracts also were included for stabilized base and blacktop surfacing in Hancock and Cerro Gordo counties Mark Eischeid New Hampton will build the 13 miles on highway 107 from Thorn ton to Clear Lake for The 15 miles on Iowa 111 from Britt through Crystal Lake to Woden will be built by the Har gfaves Const Co Cedar Rapids for Allies Dent Red Bulge in Muddy Wonju Area But Communists Block Attempt to Cross River By OLEN CLEMENTS Tokyo forces flattened out the reds Wonji bulge in central Korea Wednesday but in the west the com munists blocked two new allied attempts to cross the Han river A driving relentless rain turned the whole Korean bat tlefront into a mud puddle Field dispatches said the rain soaked GIs bogged down tanks filled foxholes and deepened the miseries of the front A few troops took advantage of the rain for their Is showers in a month those who could took turns ducking into Korean shelters But for most the rain meant constant soaking Red mortar heavies and most accurate Ive ever seen said one bac an armored patrol to the soutt bank of the Han 7 miles east o General LeMay Sees No War Next Few Years By OLIVER W DE WOLF Washington Gen Cur tis E LeMay who commands the U S fleet of longrange atom bomb planes said Wednesday their threat rather than any ground forces in Europe probably will deter Russia from starting a general war in the next 2 or 3 years But LeMay said he favors the administrations plans to send U S army troops to serve in a com bined European defense force Specifically he opposed at sen ate hearings a resolution by Sen ator Wherry RNebr which would declare the senate opposec to sending any troops withoul prior congressional approval LeMay explained he did not think the hands of the military should be tied by congress Under such restriction he said I would be handicapped very much in where I could place my wings and groups after war started LeMay head of the strategic air command testified atSenator Wherrys request at senate hear ings on the troopstoEurope is sue The hearings are being held by the senate foreign relations and armed services committees LeMay called his big bombers the only effective weapon this country now has for dealing with Russia in event of war When Wherry asked if they could knock out Russia by longrange bom bardment the general replied I dont know Thats my job to try and achieve thatend War Can Be Prevented Truman Says Washington Tru man said Wednesday we are gradually approaching a position in which a 3rd World war can be prevented All the current attempts to build up men and material is merely an effort to prevent such a war he told a group of Masonic leadersHe added We are gradually approaching a position in the world where thai can be prevented if we have the support and cooperation of al segments of the population And that means industry la bor and farmer and you gentlemen all the white collar people who do the inside work to make these other things operate Mr Truman spoke at a break fast for Masonic leaders from al over the country The breakfast was given at the Statler hotel by an old Kansas City friend Frank Land who heads the DeMolays an organization for young men Worst Emergency Mr Truman said he realized thai its difficult for most people to understand what a serious situa tion the government is in He sized it up this way The most tre mendous emergency that any gov ernment has ever been faced with m the history of the country With Mr Truman at the break ast were almost all his cabinet officers justices of the supreme court and congressional leaders Speakers preceding the presi dent gave him such a buildup that at times it sounded more like a political convention than a gath ering of the Masonic order Asks Support Secretary of Defense Marshall cjilled for support of the man power bill before congress which irovides for the drafting of 18 earolds Secretary of State Acheson praised Mr Trumans courage and said we owe a duty to him to how similar courage ourselves Theres too much wringing of hands in this country Acheson Theres too much crying hat every decision the final itep to disaster Thats poppycock Seoul South Koreans Checked Five miles downstream from Seoul heavy resistance checked South Korean patrol trying t cross the Han American and British troop mopped up red stragglers sout of the fiver On the east central front TO trbops thrust forward against ligh opposition On the west central front ad vance patrols were moving ahead north of Chipyong where a FrenchAmerican force last wee smashed a massive red counter attack Scattered in an arc north of thi Wonju salient were 40000 com munist troops who had pullei back from the attack to lick their wounds U S 5th air force planes roarec out again Wednesday in suppor of ground troops Big naval guns rocked both coasts of Korea The battleship Missouri bom barded the Tanchon area in far northeastern Korea all day Tues day Other allied naval force bucked strong shore batterie around Wonsan on the Sea of Ja pan coast for the 7th straight day Reds Shelled The U S cruiser St Paul stoo off Inchon port on the Yellow Sea and poured heavyfire intt red concentrations north of thi thawing Han fiver around red held Seoul In their 1st big lunge since Gen eral MacArthur ordered his troops to resume the initiative allied troops swept northward 10 miles and captured Chuchon Chuchon is 10 miles north of Chechon objective of a communis slash a few days ago on the eas central front The area has been a nomansland The U S 8th army communique Wednesday said the allied troops had encountered no enemy troops in the northward thrust Field dispatches said the reds were pulling back so fast that they were leaving equipment and their dead in the snow A U S 10th corps spokesman said there was evidence of a hasty enemy retreat on the centra fronts British Bomber Races Sun for New Record Gander Newfoundland A twinjet Canberra ing the sun across bomber rac the Atlantic streaked to a landing here Wed nesday at a m central stan dard time completing a 2100 mile flight in 4 hours and 40 min utes It was the fastes crossing of the Atlantic in history The jet bomber lost its Britain toCanada race with the sun It missed the suns time by an hour and 10 minutes But it was a his torymaking flight in several re spects It was the 1st time the Atlantic was flown by a jet plane of any ype without refueling enroute The trip started from the Al dergrove royal air force base near Jelfast northern Ireland at a m The crew of 3 had loped to make the crossing in less ban 4 hours It takes the sun approximately 3i hours to travel the same dis ance that is there is 3J hours dif erence between Greenwich mean ime that of Britain and New bundland time But headwinds the plane was eeking to win the hard way by bucking the prevailing winds alked the attempt to beat the uns time Flying more than 8 miles up he black and gray streak aver ged more than 500 miles an hour until the halfway mark Then the icavy headwinds verall speed for cut the down its remainder of the trip Average speed for the whole trip was about 445 miles an hour MANCHURIA t NQRTij SOUTH KOREA Ao AP Wireplioto ALLIES PRESS FORWARD IN locate points where UN forces thrust forward Wednesday in most sectors along the Korean battle front in the wake of retreating reds Naval vessels ship symbols bombarded Tanchon and Wonsan areas on the east coast and Inchon on the west coast Okinawabased bombers blasted Ham hung blast Guard Decision Eases 34th Division Situation Washington army said Wednesday it will call some additional national guard and organized reserve units of com pany and battalion size to ac tive duty See picture and story on page 3 Des Moines oJ the IowaNebraska 34th national guard division were at least part ly off the hook Wednesday follow ing army announcement Tuesday that it does not plan to call up any more national guard divisions un less the world situation gets worse Referring to the fact that this s the most definite information pwa guardsmen have received concerning their status Brig Gen Fred C Tandy remarked Thats the information we like to get Many Iowa guard members had expected theymight be called up at any time and the uncertainty las been a big factor in the lives of all of them Xandy who is Iowas adjutant general went on to say that it also should be kept in mind that the picture can change An army spokesman said Tues day night that although the army does not plan to call up more guard divisions unless the world situation changes for the worse numbers of smaller units have een brought into service since January and more may be sum moned Two Iowa guard units the 194th TA battalion from northwest Iowa and the 3657th medium mainten ance ordnance company from Ce dar Rapids have been activated in recent months The Iowa air guard las been called to active duty ef ective April 1 Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy Wed nesday night and Thursday Turning Thursday night Low Wednesday night 20 to 25 High Thursday 50 Iowa Clear Wednesday nigh with low 20 to 25 Sunny ant warmer Thursday with high near 50 Southerly winds 2025 look Increasing cloudiness M P H Thursday Further Outlook Increasing cloudiness Thursday night with low 22 to 32 Rain and mild southeast half snow and colder northwest half Friday High Friday 23 north west 40 southeast Minnesota Mostly cloudy north partly cloudy south Wednesday night and Thursday Scattered snows north and central por tionsThursday and in extreme north Wednesday night Colder north portion Thursday Low Wednesday night 10 to 15 north 15 to 20 south High Thursday 15 to 20 north 30 to 40 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics or the 24 hours ending a 8 a m Vednesday Maximum Minimum 21 At 8 am 23 Kitts Moved to Sioux City Before Trial Sioux City A Kitts 33 is in Woodbury county jail Wednesday awaiting trial on a federal indictment in the 000 burglary of the Laurens bank last fall Kitts was brought here by 3 U S marshals Tuesday night after his removal from Omaha to Iowas northern district was or dered by Federal Judge James A Donohue Tuesday Kitts who escaped Jan 22 from the Linn county jail in Cedar Rapids while awaiting trial OR the charge was given a cell to himself Special Guard Woodbury County Sheriff Ed win L Lundesaid noextra pre cautions would be taken in the daytime but a special guard would toe detailed to watch Kitts during the night to make sure he does not escape U S District Attorney Tobias Diamond of Sioux City has an nounced he plans to arraign Kitts at Fort Dodge Feb 28 and seek to have his trial set for March 14 at Mason City before Federal Judge Henry N Graven Judge Graven said last week lie was tentatively scheduled to open a term of court at Dubuque on March 14 but that it might not be necessary He said he would consider ar application to set the trial for March 14 at Mason City Boyle Objects Judge Donohue ordered Kitts removed to Iowa to stand trial on the bank burglary charge despite objections by his attorney Hugh Boyle Boyle contended Kitts was un der prior bond to the state of Ne braska and that the Nebraska governor never had granted ex tradition The attorney said Kitts was on his way to give himself up on earlier state burglary charges when FBI men arrested him at a tourist court in Omaha Feb 8 Kitts is under a 12year sen tence to the Nebraska peniten tiary as an habitual criminal A hearing has been set for Douglas county district court Sat urday on the application of L S Omaha bondsman to pro tect the bond he posted for Kitts on the state charge The bond could be forfeited if ederal authorities keep Kitts in owa after the Nebraska supreme court hands down its mandate If Kitts if convicted of the bank bur glary and escape sentence federal uthbrities might be able to force him to serve this sentence befort he pending Nebraska sentence A 4time loser Kitts also has been indicted on 4 bank burglary robbery charges in South Da kota   

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