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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 9, 1951, Mason City, Iowa                                North lows Daily Newspaper Edited for BOOM MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THI THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH IOWANS N 11 G M IO ft S HOME EDITION j fHif Unitod PWM Full UIH Cufyi MASON IOWA MONDAV APK1L Pa sts of One Mens Opinion A Commentary ly W CARL HALL Cditor You Cant Do It by Proxy TO a great deal larger extent than most of us would be willing to concede you and most other a responsibility for the smelly conditions which have been re vealed in recent weeks by a pair of investigating committees from the United States senate The Kefauver committee di rected its attention to organized crimeparticularly to the hookup between politicians and gamblers or racketeers of one kind or an other The Fulbright committee cen tered its gaze on one of the gov ernments most powerful agencies thereconstruction finance cor poration popularly known as the RFC Drastic Remedies Proposed In the case of the crime probe the findings were so shocking as to cause many people to conclude that correction can be had only if the federal government takes over the enforcement And in this of course theyre thinking of the federal bureau of investigation In the case of the RFC investi gation the revelations have been of such a character as to gain widespread support for the Hoover commissions task force recom mendation that this agency born of the depression ought to be done away with for keeps The reasoning of the Hoover task force was that all reasonable pretext for the RFC is now gone It was set up to make credit avail able to industries in distress and unable to borrow money through regular channels Obviously that situation no longer obtains Viewed as Cancerous Growth But that isnt the reasoning which prompts Jesse Jonesa for mer RFC head and millions of other critics to demand immediate elimination of the agency Theyre moved by the disclosure of influ ence peddling involving RFC some of it right in the presidents ReportTruman Against Shift in Command Not Likely to Fire MacArthur By JACK BELL Washintton Truman though disturbed by Gen Douglas MacArthurs latest public statements was reported Monday to have decided against any disciplinary action which would upset the generals status as supreme commander in the far east An informed congressional of ficial who asked that his nam not be used gave that word to reporter He said that did no mean there would be no repri mand to th president apparently has not ye made up his mind about t h a question White House Silent The white house itself was si lent about what if any action might be taken Democratic congressional lead ers acknowledged there had been some discussion of MacArthur a a forenoon conference with th president But they said the gen eral was mentioned only inci dentally It was learned however tha congressional leaders have been told that any action to relieve the general of his command migh upsetthe existing situation in oc cupied Japan MacArthur is the supreme rep resentative there of the allied gov ernments When he was given the post the Russians signed an agree ment saying that the supreme commander in Japan should be designated by the United States Consider Russia However any change in the command now might reopen this question with the Russians de manding a larger voice in the ad Hickenlooper Hoover Ask Abolition of RFC Washington Hickenlooper RIowa said Monday the reconstruction finance corporation had ac quired such an odor of immorality it ought to be abol ished There may be some good reason for a small new agency which could make loans to deserving and qualified small companies unable to companies get them from commercial own official family A cancerous growth has been revealed one observer points out Theres no course but to ampu tate My own feeling is that the de cision to continue or to abolish RFC should be based on just one consideration Is it or is it not needed Has it or has itnot out lived its usefulness Disquieting Parallel Recalled Even though the irregularities brought to light by the Fulbright committee have been important they would not of and by them selves justify so drastic a course as abolishing the agency The sit uation if it goes no deeper than that is one that could and should be corrected by a change of per sonnel from top to bottom if needs be The parallel between these dis closures andthose of the Teapot Dome scandal 3 decades ago is too pronounced to be passed over lightly A congress with the will to do it and a new white house broom sought out and punished the evildoers involved in that sorry chapter of American history That can be the story in the present situation But theres no assurance that itwill be In the congress there is a disquieting in clination to approach the matter from the partisan angle Likewise at the other end of Pennsylvania theres a Seenoevil at titude Public Opinion Will Decide All of this means that what ul timately happens in the cleaning up of a sorry situation will be de termined by public opinion Is that public opinion sufficiently aroused to demand action Or has the level of ethics and morals declined since the days of Teapot Dome And that leads me back to the other part of this discussion the part having to do with the Ke fauver committees findings in the field of organized crime and the proposal that responsibility for suppressing it be lodged in the federal government Chairman Kefauver himself came through with the suggestion of a permanent national crime commission That proposal has been opposed by Attorney General Howard McGrath on the ground that it might tend to detract from the basic local responsibilities for law enforcement J Edgar Hoover Talks Sense But it remained for J Edgar Hoover director of the FBI to ex pose the fallacy of this approach to the crime problem This he did In a report to the Kefauver com mittee in one of its concluding sessions The burden of the Hoover story Is that only an aroused and united citizenry can bring about a crimefree America Law en forcement said the FBI chief is only as effective as the citizens demand Mr Im talking J Edgar not minced no words in his comments the tendency he has seen growing in recent years to pass the buck to the federal govern ment which he added can never fct satisfactory substitute for lo CONTINUED ON 2 ministration of Japanese affairs The president was described a being unwilling to risk any such possibility just now by action to relieve MacArthur of his com mand of American forces in Korea These forces technically are fighting under a unified UN com mand headed by MacArthur It probably would take UN action before he could be supplanted in the latter command Friends of Mr Truman saw him as caught ina squeeze between home front supporters of MacAr thur mostly republicans and U S allies who want him to discipline the general for indorsing a pro posed second front effort by Chi nese nationalists against the com munists proposal runs counter to Truman administration policies and to those of Britain and France Is President Truman contem plating a rebuke to GeneralMac Arthur Presidential Secretary Joseph Short was asked at a news conference I have no comment on any question relating to that situation Short said Investigate Iowa U Paper Chute Blaze Iowa City official Monday investigated the cause o a paper chute blaze which route more than 100 girls from a dorrni tory at the University of Iowa Firemen said they believed i lighted cigaret dropped down th chute caused the fire Sunday Lor issa Sheldon dormitory super visor was reported burned slight ly fighting the blaze before help arrived banks Hickenlooper declared But I think the RFC as such has outlived its usefulness and should be liquidated Hickenlooper expressed his views to a reporter against a background of charges by a sen ate banking subcommittee that in granting loans the RFC has yielded to outside influence some of it from the white house Georre for Plan In urging that the agency be abolished Hickenlooper opposed a presidential eorganization plan which would replace the RFC board of directors with a single administrator On the other hand Senator George DGa came out for the plan over the there by parted company on the issue with some of his Dixie colleagues in the senate Those who favor junking the agency got a helping hand how ever from former President Herbert Hoover It was during his administration in 1932 thatcon gress created the RFC to help fight the depression Hoover wrote Senator Byrd D who is for abolition that wo years ago he favored wiping out the do yet Under Treasury Hoover recalled that the gov ernment reorganization study commission he headed recom mended that RFC be put in the reasury department with a curb on its lending power in nonemer ency periods RFC now is an in dependent agency The senate expenditures com nittee last week approved 7 to a resolution calling forrejec ion of President Trumans reor anization plan The action sent the resolution to the senate Unless 49 senators tote for the resolution the presi dents plan will go into effect automatically April 20 No date las been set for the ballot A house effort to kill the plan failed RepRayburn Again Warns Russia About The WEATHER Mason City Partly cloudy Mon day night and Tuesday warmer Tuesday Low Monday night 27 to 32 High Tuesday near 50 Iowa Partly cloudy Monday nigh and Tuesday Low Monday nigh 30 northeast 32 to 36 south and west Light showers east portion Tuesday afternoon and eve ning Somewhat warmer west Tuesday High Tuesday 48 to 54 Further outlook Mostly fair but with belownorma temperatures Tuesday night and Wednesday Low Wednesday morning 30 to 32 high Wednes day 46 to 50 Minnesota Partly cloudy Monday night and Tuesday Not much change in temperature Low Monday 3035 High Tuesday 4045 north 4550 south GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Monday April 9 WMblnrton The house armed services committee agreed on compromise amend nient to the draft bill Monday in an effort to save its univer sal military training provisions Chairman Vinson D Ga announced after a closed sion of the committee it had voted unanimously that both congress and the president should approve before any UMT plans could co into effect Wacblncton Speaker Ray urn said Monday we are in err ible danger because the Rus lans are building up concentra ons here and there and every where Rayburn Texas democrat told white house reporters following a conference with President Tru man that Russians are building up troop concentrations in lots of places He added Just where this is being done is a little beyond my field but 1 have it on good authority the best authority Last week Rayburn came out of a white house conference and said not all the troops gathering in Manchuria were Chinese com munists Rayburn also said then that the Linked States was threatened by a terrible danger which might wing on another world war Last weeks statements were made on the house floor as it be gan debate on the controversial draftuniversal military training bill Chinese Open Dam on Allies By OLEN CLEMENTS Tokyo commu nists opened the floodgates of the massive Hwachon res ervoir dam in central Korea Monday and sent thousands of tons of water rushing down on alliedheld ground But the Pukhan river rose no more than 414 feet UN troops resumed their advance toward the reservoir Monday as the flood waters slowly receded American army engineers said they thought the Chi nese had opened the flood gates only part way A com plete opening they said would have sent a 12foot high wall of water crashing down the valley One engineer said we are glad they are bleeding the river this way Now when they open them all the way they wont have much water left Nearly all allied elements had moved above the ex pected highwater mark A U S 8th army engineer said There will be no real strain They cant do any worse without blowing the dam and thats a dam that will take a hell of a lot of The Hwachon reservoir about 7 38th parallel is the main point of the stoutest red resistance in North Korea in several In bitter fighting south of the reservoir Monday the reds slowed or stopped allied ad vances at several points To Cut Hitfiway 400 Families Removed From Waterloo Flood The dam is 275 feet high The reds opened 10 of its 18flood gates Six gates inoperable were reported The reds may have had two purposes in loosing their man made flood First to cut the Chunchon Rayburns remarks created something of a bombshell at the time because the inference was widely drawn that he meant the 1 u s si a n s were concentrating roops in Manchuria with an ap parent intention of intervening directly in the Korean fighting At the white house Monday a told Rayburn that some jeople seemed to think he made ast weeks statement in an effort simply to pass the draftUMT bill Rayburn replied Thats a mighty low estimate to put on something I said That statement Aas meant in Ihe best interest of he United States Hwachon highway a main allied supply artery Second to pave the way for a counteroffensive down the Chun chonWonju highway Although fighting near the res ervoir has been severe AP Cor respondent LeifErickson at U S 8th army headquarters said there was no indication the reds had started amass drive An estimated communist regi ment was sighted Sunday after noon between the river and ad vancing allied soldiers The Chinese apparently openec the floodgates and pulled out some time after dark Some Cut Off UNtroops of 4 nations are de ployed around Chunchon Some forward elements might be tem porarily cut off by the rising wa ter The high water may extend as far down the Pukhan iriver as Seoul some 55 air x miles south west The reservoir is shaped like an inverted T with a base and stem each 15 miles long The city of Hwachon is on its western tip Chonvon an important red base 17 miles north of 38 on the west ern front w a s brought under American artillery fire Monday Only light to moderate ground contact was reported from this sector There was little fighting on other fronts PLENTY OF WATER BUT NO Flood waters of the rampaging Redwood river stands nearly at the top of gasoline pumps at this Marshall Minn filling station as boats instead of automobiles pass nearby About 70 per cent of the town of 5000 was still inundated Sunday by high water which surged in early Friday Weekend Air Crashes Take 44 Lives By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Twentytwo persons were kille Sunday in the crashes of tw military planes in theeasterr United States In California au thorities sifted the wreckage o another air disaster that took 22 lives Friday night Nineteen air force personnel leaded for the funeral of a fel ow airman died near Charles onW Va when their twinen gine C47 struck a locust tree on a mountain top At Morhingside Md a man and two children were killed as a crewless bomber plunged intoa house The crew had parachutec safety after the planes lanci ng gear Twelve soldiers were among he victims of the Southwest Air ways plane crash on the side pi Santa Ynez peak near Santa Bar bara Cal Many1 of the bodies in the Cali fornia crash still have not been identified positively The civij aeronautics authority is investi gating The West Virginia crash had two survivors The 21 airmen on board were to have served as an honor guard from Godman field near Louisville at the funer alof MajWoodford W Suther land Sutherland died in a plane crash Thursday He was from St Al banSW Va Killed in the Maryland crash were Irvin Guyer of Cranford V J Kay Snyder 7 and Rene Denis Snyder two months Mrs Guyer and Master Ser geant and Mrs Samuel Snyder were injured The bombersautomatic pilot reportedly was set to divertthe jlane away from metropolitan Washington of which Morning side is a suburb SUICIDE IN AUTO Newton Edward Sheeler 34 who was found dead Sunday in his car parked near the east edge of Newton was listed as a suicide by Coroner Ralph Toland T o 1 a n d said Wheeler had taken his life with a 32 caliber pistol Wheeler had been in ill health friends said Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 37 33 34 07 41 28 GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Sunday April P Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 35 32 33 trace 89 25 Mason City Driver Meets Opposition on Left Side North Mankato Left a Ghost City by Flood North Mankatci Minn UP Less than hundred residents the 4800 who live here remame in town Monday as muddy floo waters from rive turned this into a ghost city The muddy flood waters sprea over practically the entire cit and the river rose to 26 04 fee justshort of the alltime recor set by the Great Flood of 1881 Normally the river is 8 feet dee as it runs past town Special work crews travelin n boats were breaking window the basements of homes t keep pressure of the waterfrom damaging the foundations Stat guardsmen were patrolling ap proaches to the city to keep per sons from entering the city un ess they have permits It was feared loot ngmight break out unless trave was restricted tothose who hac permits to enter Except for the workmen travel ng in boats there was little sign life except for a city councl neeting Mayor H C Wollan alled the council together to dis uss measures to rehabilitate th own Flood damage here and in Vlankato and West Mankato was expected to run more than 00000 Besides the 4700 persons orced to flee here another 500 lersons were driven out of their lomes in West Mankato and Man ato Archer Gets Life Sentence Elmer T Trytten 29 avoided at least 6 minor charges in Mason City police court Monday when he waived to the grand jury on a charge of driving while intoxi cated Police officers said Trytten had Driven on the left side of State street Highway 18 for about 8 blocks Hit 3 parked cars Speeded on N Federal High way Find Body of Trapped Miner in Minnesota Evcleth Minn body of Anton Korcha 53 one of two miners trapped by a tunnel cave n was brought out of the Spruce ron mine Monday A doctor said Korcha apparcnt y died instantly when the tunnel roof collapsed Friday at adepth of 400 feet Rescue workers were still at empting to reach Korchas part ner Frank Putzcl 43 but hope Ran into a noleftturn sign at dwindled that ho would be found State and Federal in midtown Mason City Almost turned his car over when turning a corner Enough He ended up by almost running down a policeman who was stand ing at the entrance to the alley in the rear of Tryttens home at 134 U N Federal He was released on a bond1 alive He might still be alive but it looks bad one of the rescuers said The redeyed rescue crews tun neled through 25 feet of rock and debris during the weekend They uncovered Korchas hand shortly before midnight Sunday Nearby was an axe that led of ficials to believe Putzcl might be close to where they found Korcha Clinton Raymond rcher 36 was sentenced to life mprisonment Monday for the apeslaying of Mrs Lillian Chap man 72 here May 30 Judge M L Sutton pronounced sentence Archer was convicted last week of second degree murder by district court jury of 7 men and 5 women E P Delaney courtappointed attorney for Archer announced after the sentencing that he will appeal the conviction to the state supreme court Delaney main tained in the trial that two con fessions were signed under duress Hancher at Odds With Beardsley on S U C Funds Des Moines a strong statement issued Monday through he state board of education President Virgil M Hancher o the State University of Iowa took a stand in direct opposition to Gov William S Beardsley on the mat ter of S IT I appropriations Doctor Hancher said the ap jropriations figure recornmendec by Beardsley falls far short1 of he universitys needs He took vigorous exception to a state ex aminers report that the figure by Beardsley is adequate Only Saturday Beards ey had said no financial crisis would occur at S U I if his rec ommendation is followed Seek Million The universityis asking an ap propriation of about a ear for support for the two year period beginning next July 1 The lovernor recommended annually The senate appropria ions committee recommended 00000 Twenty nine senators have filed an amendment to in irease the figure to A report by M R Davidson an ixaminer in the state comptrollers jffice was made last Thursday aying that in his opinion that the 5600000 was sufficient Hancher in a letter to David 3ancer secretary of the state pard of education said the figure ited by Davidson would slash the niversitys operating budget by more than annually Before launching into his re uttal Hancher said referring to he S5600000 What appears on the surface to e a 12 per cent increase will ac ually mean decline of more than per cent Not only will the university ose ground as a result of this de line but there are other more far eaching effects Lists Effects Hancher enumerated these ef cts as 1 It would mean diversion of 35000 from educational programs Cedar River Overflows 100 Blocks Water Highest Since 1933 Des AIolHec More than 400 families had been evacuated Mon day from their homes in Waterloo in the worst flood since 1933 The overflowingCedar river had engulfed an area1of T about 100 square blocks in Waterloo Damage was not as great as previ ous floods in Waterloo but the water was at itt highest peak since 1933 Waterloo and Sioux City wew the center of the itates chief flooding death attributed to the flood waters The flooding Big Sioux inun dated hundreds of acres 6f low landsFlooded residential areas and blocked highways in the Sioux City area Jacob N Jerdi 71 of Stephens J5 Oak suffered a fatal heart attack while try ing to movt his chickens ground Hicbettllii Hbtory The Big Sioux at some points was at its higheit point in history At Waterloo the Cedar erected below the dam at1 1885 feet at a m Flood stage is 15 feet It had dropped slightly since cresting Water business basements Evacuated families were being housed with friends ters the Red Cross the Salvation Army and at the John Deere The state highway patrol said Righway 20 was closed by high water between and Waterloo and at a point eastol Waterloo included Riverview addition Sher wood park the Casebeer Heights and man district5 s ply Charles City Upstream the Cedar river was lalling at Charles City where 1 30 families and Saturday TheV weather eau in Des be ow Waterloo it expected Ce dar to crest at Deaf 175 feet at Cedar Rapids 4 feet above bank l V Overin western Iowa the flood roblem was somewhat easier tfondayat most points although he highway patrol said highway 41 was closed by at Smithland 40 miles southeast of lioux City The Des Moines river was ris ng again at Des Moines out it was not expected to reach the crests f a week ago The weather bu eau said Sunday precipitation in cluded 20 of an inch at Des Moines 23 at Lamoni 25 at Shen ndoah and 10 at MarshalHowh Other points had less than a tenth f an inch The temperature got up to 53 at edar Rapids Sunday and dropped o a low of 21 at Waterloo early pay the universitys share ftate Milk Price Up 2 Cents Here Monday Mason City and Clear Lake ousewives will have to pay two ents a quart more for milk start ng Monday The new 20 cents a uart price was announced Sun ay by the dairies The North Iowa CoOperative lilk Producers association anized a week ago won an rease of 71 cents a hundred weight effective Friday It brings e raw milk price to cents hundredweight The association claimed it was ot getting a fair price for raw lilk because prices were about 80 cents a hundredweight below the average prices being paid for milk of similar quality in other parts ontributions to the public em oye pension fund for university mployes Red Cross Allots for Flood Relief in Area Washinston American 1 T jytVUT A M Red Cross Monday made an training for elementary The farmers also said the price of milk had not been increased to pay for compliance with grade A 2 Such an appropriation would standards and the rising cost of ot provide the 596420 necessary I ancl labor finance larger medical school The last boost in the price of asses through their last two milk in Mason City was about 3 ars 3 It would not provide funds for any general increase in wages 4 It would be impossible to exj itial allotment of for flood sufferers in North and South Da kota Minnesota and Iowa Disaster specialists were being sent into the flood areas from nearby points The Red Cross is helping pro vide food and shelter at Mankato and Marshall Minn Sioux Falls S Dak and Waterloo and Charles City Towa teachers 5 It would not recognize in creased prices for supplies or pro vide money for needed replace ment of equipment TO DRINK WATER NOW Wakcficid Mass and Mrs Patrick Drinkwater were charged Monday with selling fire water illegally i SAME flir mrunt irnffli rut i V   

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