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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 26, 1953, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited kr the Home LOBE THE N E WS P A P E R T H AT M A K E S ALL N O RT H I O W A N S N E I G H B HOME EDITION VOL LX AssociatecfPress and United Press Full Lease Wires Seven Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 261953 This Paper Consists of Two Ona No 64 Ord ers n power ut in Korea Jan 25 or Later Soy Russians Seek to Postpone Parley MOSCOW Western sources reported Sat urday the Soviet Union has rejected the proposed Jan 4 date fora meeting of the Big Four foreign ministers in Berlin and proposed instead Jan 25 or later Western diplomatic sources said the Soviets stated there were administrative difficulties in the way of the Jan 4 date proposed by the West on Dec 8 The Soviet counterproposal was given in notes delivered to the US British and French ambassadors in Moscow at noon The notes were reported very brief They have not yet been officially published The sources added the Soviets also appeared to object to the Westernproposal the Berlin conference be held PRESIDENT EISENHOWER Forces in the former allied control author ity building in the American sec tor of the dividedcity It was reported the Russians pro posed instead that the four high BULLETIN WASHINGTON pro posed Saturday that the Big Four foreign ministers conference in Berlinbe held Jan 25 instead of Jan 4 The State Department in dicated ir would go along with the later date commissioners in Germany confer in advance on an alternative site The Soviets however are still willing tp meet in Berlin which was originally their suggestion They had previously agreed to the idea of a fourpower conference but did not specify a date The Soviet note coming only Sat urday gives the West short notice for altering the Jan 4 plan It was believed here that the delaj in the Russian reply might have been caused by uncertainty over the re cent prolonged French presi dential election Order Terry Not to Wear Bathing Suit Reds Split Indochina in Two With Swift Offensive Thailand Patrols Frontier SAIGON Indochina Communist Viet Minh reb ils split Indochina in two Saturday in a lightning offensive vhichtopk them to the Thailand frontier Premier Souyannah Phouma of the Iiidochina state of uaos across which the rebels knifed in one of their biggest attacks of the eightyear war cabled a protest to the United Nations Thailand declared a state of emergency in nine of its frontier srovinces and rushed troop re nforcements to them fearing that housands of Indochinese refugees on the Thailand side of the border might raise a fifth column in aid of the rebels May Protest It was believed in reliable circles here that Thailand also might cable a protest to the UN The French High Command in a grave communique admitted the rebels had driven right across Laos from the coastal state of Viel Nam and captured the strategical ly important town of Thakhek just across the Mekong River frontier from Thailand French and loyal Indochinese troops are regrouping at Savan nakhet 50 miles south of Thakhek Every available civil airplane in Indochina was requisitioned to aid ina giant airlift to take arms and equipment to the French Union forces As the rebelsreached the Thai land border Moscow Radio broad ast a bitter denunciation of Thailand accusing the Bangkok jovernment of interfering in the ndochina war in behalf of the United States Retreat Down River French Union troops abandonee hakhek to the rebels Saturdaj morning returning down the river oward Savannkhet Civilians had been ordered pre iously to evacuate Thakhek which is the junction point p olonial Route 12 from the coas and the main highway from Sigon o the Laos administration capita of Vientiane At last reportsy thousands o coolies streamed across the Lao plains in the wake of the rebel bearing supplies with which thej can try to hold their newly woi position on the Mekong The French Command started pouring in airplane supplies anc reinforcing troops to Savannakhet It is believed the French ma try an airborne counter attack TERRY AND ADMIRERS SEOUL Korea UP Disap pointed artillerymen wat c h e t screen actress Terry Moore per form Saturday in slacks and sweat er instead of her controversial er mine bathing suit They went to a show put on by a visiting Hollywood troupe expect ing to see her peel down to a scanty costume just as shehac done in four previous performances before wolfwhistling soldiers The artillerymen did not know that Miss Moore now starring in two new cinemascope films on Broadway had promised to wcai more clothing in order to remain in Korea Screen Cantor George Murphy president 6f a Hollywood commit tee coordinating the troupes acti vities Miss Moore to leav Korea because of the controversy itirred up by her bathing suit Murphy lifted his recall when he was assured Miss Moore woul not wear the suit in future perform before troops in Korea 2 Divisions Will Return to America Cites Growing Air Mobility AUGUSTA Ga President Eisenhower Saturday ordered a progressive r e d u c t io n of US ground forces in Korea and an nounced that two Army divisions will be returned to this country soon as step In a statement issued at his va cation headquarters here Eisen hower declared T he fighting in Korea was ended by an armistice which has now been in effect five morilhs We do not need as much ground strength there now as when there was fighting That is the more true because of the capabilities of the Republic of forces which were substantially built up during the war Growing Power Also our growing national air power poses greater mobility and greater striking force than ever before Accordingly I have directed that the United States ground forces in Korea be progressively reduced as circumstances war rant As an initial step two Army divisions will soon be withdrawn and returned to the United States The President cautioned the American public at the same time not to expect too much from the current Korean armistice Because Communists might strike again the President said it is incumbent on the United Nations forces in Korea to remain united and prompt to resist any renewal of armed attack 32000 Men An Eisenhower aide wh6 asked not to be named estimated there are upwards of 32000 men in the GlobeGazette photo Ambassador to Israel Is Dead TEL AVIV Israel S Am assador Monnett B Davis 60 led at his home here Saturday f a heart ailment He returned to Israel five weeks go from sick leave in the United states Traveling by sea to Beirut e had a rough tripL which asso iates said proved difficult for him He had been in bed since and apsed into unconsciousness two lays ago His wife and only son Thomas were at his side when death came Davis born in Greencastle Ind on Aug 13 1893 had served as consulgeneral in Shanghai as minister to Denmark as U S rep resentative to the Economic Coun cil on Asia and the Far East and as minister to Panama before coming here in February 1951 SHOWS IMPROVEMENT PHOENIX Ariz UP Frank A Nixon father of Vice President Richard M Nixoni continued to show improvement here Saturday at St Josephs Hospital but he wasnt quite able to go through with a scheduled family Christmas dinner in hospital Friday INVOLVED IN FATAL Ermer 56 Dougherty was riding in this auto Friday afternoon when it became involved in an accident with a car driven by Jesse H Watson 50 Nora Springs The mishap occurred about p m at an intersection six miles southeast of Rockwell Ermer died shortly after arriving at a Mason City hos pital Ermers son James 17 was driving the Ermer car Dougherty Man Killed in Mishap Woman Critically Injured SEN GUY GILLETTE Gillette Hits Dulles Stand on Europeans W AS HI N G T 0 N Democrats stepped up their attack Saturday on the administrations socalled shock campaign to win quickapproval of the longstalled European army plan Sen Guy Gillette CDla assailed Secretary of State John Foster Dulles for bluntly warning Europe that the United Sfates will reap praise its foreign policy if tiie project is not ratified soon I see no justification what ever he said for using the promise or threat of increasing or withholding foreign aid as a club held over the heads of our Allies to compel approval of an enunci ated policy Earlier this week another rank ing Democrat Sen John J Spark man sharply criticized the administration for tending to put all its chips on the EuropeanDe fense Community plan when other alternatives might be workable which were not Pack of Young Hoodlums Beat Up Legless Veteran LONG BEACH Calif special squad of detectives has been assigned to investigate thebrutal Christmas Day beating of a legless Korean War veteranby a pack of young hoodlums two divisions identified In Washington an Army spokes man said a decision has not yet been reached on which of the six Army divisions will be withdrawn In Korea at this time are the 2nd 3rd 7th 25th 40th and 45th Infantry Divisions In Japan are the 1st Cavalry and 24th Infantry Divisions Alsonow in Japan are the 187th Airborne Regiment and portions of the 24th Infantry The 1st Marine Divisionhas been in the theater since the early part of the Korean war Last sum mer it was announced the 3rd Ma rine Division was leaving for the Far East There has been no pub lic announcement of the return of the 1st Marine Division to the United States Manpower of 140000 The eight divisions of the army in the far east represent man power of about 140000 Two Ma rine divisions account for some thing over 20000 more and the air borne regiment presumably is at a strength of about 3000 The President stressed that while the United States is acting in good faith to preserve the armistice and accomplish its purposes he also emphasized that The action being taken does not impair our readi ness and capacity to react in a way which should deter aggression and if aggression should neverthe less occur to oppose it with even greater effect thanheretofore James C Hagerty presidential secretary told newsmen Eisenhow ers decision to reduce the strength of US ground forces in Korea was communicated to President Rhee of that country this weekly Walter R Robertson assistant secretary of state and Admiral Arthur W Rad ford chairman of the jointchiefs of staff They were in Korea at the time Six Other Deaths in Iowa August Ermer 56 Dougherty died in a Mason City hos pital about 5 p m Friday from injuries suffered in a two car accident which occurred at an intersection six milei southeast of Rockwell The mishap happened shortly after p m Injured in the collision and reported in critical condition Saturday was Mrs Rhoda Watson 881 Aldridge Mo Hospi tal attendants said Mrs Watson suffered head and chest in juries multiple lacerations and shock Mrs Watsons sons R R and Jesse H superintendents of schools at Sheffield and Nora Springs respectively were re ported in good condition as was James Ermer 17 son of the dead man Jesses son Jack 14 was treated for cuts and bruises and released Cerro Traveling South Gordo County sheriffs Charles J Baker 23 who not only lefthis legs in Korea but also the fingers of both hands was set upon by five or six youths as he was home from a visit to his uncles home early Friday morn ing He told sheriffs ddputies that while he was driving in his spe cially equipped amputees car an other automobile forced him to the side of the road in the nearby Artesia district He was dragged from his car by the and after being beaten was robbed of his new Christmas watch and Itold them I didnt have any fingers or legs and that I had been in the war but they were all cursing nnd yelling and hitting me with their fists Baker told a re porter SNOW IN FLORIDA LONG WOOD Fla JP A light snow flurry was reported here Fri day night 75th Anniversary Plans Canceled SLOAN MV The open house planned by Mr and Mrs John Abel on the anniversary of their Christmas Day wedding 75 years ago was canceled because the death of a son John Thomas Abel SAME BLACK F1AO MKANS TUAKMO DKATH IN PAST 111 officers who investigated the acci dent said the Ermer auto driven by James was traveling south The May Be Record The nations traffic death toll appeared headed for a new Christmas holiday record Satur day With less than half the long weekend holiday over 237 per sons have been killed in traffic accidents Watson vehicle was going east It was driven by Jesse Jesse 50 suffered multiple lace rations bruises and leg and arm injuries His brother 53 was being treated for head and chest injur ies lacerations and contusions James physicians reported suf fered a fractured spine fractured left hand bruises and lacerations Ermer was born in Germany Jan 22 1897 He hadlived in the United States 40 years and farmed in the Dougherty Rockwell Shef field area 27 years He was a member of Sacrec Heart Catholic Church and Holy NameSociety Rockwell Surviving are his wife Margaret seven v s on s Herbert Glendale Calif Richard and Robert Rock well James at home in Dbugher ty Clarence US Navy Norfolk Va Floyd US Navy Long Beach Calif and George St Louis Mo and two daughters Mrs Melvin Gertrude Kclley Dougherty and Miss Eunice Erm er at home in Dougherty and tw grandchildren Michael and Marj Kelley Also Survive His mother a brother and sistc 68 He died at a Sioux City hospital Christmas Eve Unmarried hehad lived at a Sioux City hotel He had been employed as a cement fin isher for a construction company FLYNNS HAVE BABY daughter was born Friclay toPa trice Wymore actress wife of film hero Errol Flynn also survive in Germany and a sis ter Mrs Max Anna Freeman Sioux City The Rosary for the family anc friends was planned for 8 pm Sun day at the PattersonJames Rock well Chapel Meantime six other persons hay died in motor vehicle accidents in Iowa since Christmas Eve Included in these fatalities wa Leonard Beck 5 of New Hampton He was killed when the car i which he was riding ran off High way 24 about three miles cast o New Hampton Heres What YOU Helped to Achieve Gifts which werein the mairbu not received at deadline time Thursday afternoon brought the 953 Christmas Cheer Fund cash otal to v Along with the in mer chandise contributions received fo he cause by FamilyService Inc he grand total has been brought to 1316042 What will undoutedly be the fina list of gifts totaling follows GlobeGazette Engraving Dept 500 Johanna Jerry Gretchen 500 The Herman Knudsbns 1000 Union Dozen Club Ventura 200 Kathy Coe 100 Miss Doris Bruceand her asso ciates who have assumedthe re sponsibility for th fund report visible benefit and the gratitude on the part of th recipients of this years remem jrances have been especially pro nounced Much of the merchandise re ceived at the last minute andth balance of the cash not require in carrying out the program of N Empty Stockings This Christmas will be available to provide a touc of Christmas duringthe weeks an months ahead in the needy home ofour community This years response to the ca for Christmas Cheer Fund was a heartening as any in the 28 year history of the annual venture in th field of applied Christianity An were looking forward to next year About The Weather Mason City Sunday mostly cloud and colder with snow flurries Iowa Sunday mostly cloudy an turning colder Minnesota Cloudy with snow I the north and central portions GlobeGazette weather data up t 8 am Saturday Maximum 40 Minimum 26 At 8 am 26 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 4 AP Wirephoto SEEKS RAIL rescue worker digs int6 the wreckage of a railroad car in New Zealandafter the ex presstrain plunged through a floodweakened bridge on Christmas day killing an estimated 166 persons The ma jority of the passengers were en route home for the holi days or to see Queen Elizabeth II in Auckland Hundreds Die in Four Holiday Rail Tragedies By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Four countries around the world counted a death toll of possibly 362 persons Saturday as a result of Christmastide wrecks Two ofthe rail New Zealand1and Czecho among the worst in history The other acci dents were reported from Peru and Pakistan In New Zealand anestimated 166 lives were lost when a speeding WellingtonAuckland passenger train plunged into aDriver gorge night after a bridge had washedout 250 miles south of the capital The catastrophe cast gloom over the little country at the time it was entertaining Queen Eliza beth on her commonwealth tour The BratislavPrague Express in Czechoslovakia smashed into an oUier passenger train near Sakvice killing from 100 tp 186 persons ac cordingto unofficial piecemeal re ports from the Iron Curtain coun try The wreck also on Christmas Eve may fiiye been the third worst train crasa in history A heavily loaded ore train jumped the tracks on an Andes Mountain grade 12 miles from Lima Peru and six crewmen were killed The seventh man aboard the train was seriously injured Another freight train derailment in Pakistan took the lives of four crewmen This accident occurred Friday about 30 miles from Quetta in the western part of the country In Auckland QueenJ Elizabeth broadcasting her annual Yuletide message to nations of the common wealth around the world paused to express her sympathy to the fam ilies of the New Zealand wreck vic tims Ths young monarchs voice wavered as she spoke of the grave disaster New Zealand Prime Minister Sydney Holland rushed to the scene of the accident on Mt Ruapchu as soon as he was notified early Fri day Internal AffairsMinister W A Bodkin was appointed minister in attendance to the Queen and it was announced that tie schedule of her royartour would not al tered The governmentcontrolled in Communist leased little news of accident 111 that country
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