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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 31, 1953, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited for UM HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LX Associated Hreu and United Prcui Full Wlrcf Seven Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY DECEMBER 31 1W3 This Paper of Two One No 134 POWs Go Back to Communists Including Business Home Building 54 Construction Program in City to Top Million Mark L New construction just started or pendingfor 1954 in M a son City to tals more than for busi ness and public buildings alone Residenceconstruction each year runs well over a million dollars In 1953 for example there were 132 new homes built despite what con tractors considered a slump in the last half of the year In both 1949 and 1950 new home construction topped the 200 mark There were 166 last year Biggest item in the 1954 construc tion field probably will be the 000 voted and budgeted for a new Roosevelt Elementary School Con struction is to get under way this spring and will take about a year Next on the list is the half million dollar KGLOTV project which in 1 eludes rembdelihg of the former Radio Chapel to provide offices and studios for both the television and radio stationsof Lee Radio Inc The First National Bank already has let contracts for a quarter mil lion d p 11 a r remodeling project which will involve the basement and first two floors to provide space for the banks growing busi ness The National Guard Armory proj ect includes worth of addi iohs and remodeling of the former 3oca Cola Bottling Company ware house at 27th and S Federal The International Harvester Com pany also has let contracts for moreihan for construction 100 by 200 foot warehouse on the southwest corner of Federal andi9th S W A new office arid motor truck sales and service buildings are to follow was notstated whether they would get under way in 1954 The United Hojrhe Bank and Trust Company is increasing its floor space by 40 per cent by taking over the rear 69 feet of the adjoining building to the south Remodeling alone will cost approximately 000 it was announced Grace Baptist Church to cost about already is under con struction andSt Johns Episcopal Church is adding an educational wing to cost about The Hotel Hanfbrd is also being enlarged by adding 22 additional guest rooms and space for the Euchre and Cycle Club on the top floor at an estimated cost of 000 Cost of the Marigold Dairy de velopment at 15th and S Federal has not been announced but the company faces the buildingof a plant froni two highway garages which represent little but a shell and concrete floors The YMCA also is going to de velop thepreviously unused top floor of that building to provide twice as many sleeping rooms as On The Look inside for pictures of 1953 54 construction projects and stor ies of Mason Citys 1953 Centen nial year how Part of the cost will be me1 grant of in the will of the late B C Way Those are the major projects al ready in sight In there are a number well started but to be completed in 1954 These in elude Washington School on which the exterior islpfacticaily done bu the interiorremains to be finished the F Wv Woolworth Company ad dition the Peoples Gas and Elec tricsubstation and ottiers A busy year in the construction field already is assured for 1954 in Mason City CRASH is an overall view of the railroad crash scene in Australia where 166 persons perished The wreck occurred when a bridge spanning the Wangaehu River was washed out The train left the rails4 and hurtled across the river Americans t Could Be Interviewed India Suddenly Reopens Exchange x PANMUNJOM Korea The Indian Command suddenly re opened the prisoner repatriation program Thursday and more than 100 antiCommunist Chinese de cided to return to Ked rule t Without giving the United Na tions or Communist commands no tice the Indians started screen ing 4360 antiCommunist Chinese most of whom had rejected re patriation in the interview period which ended Dec 23 It was expected that the Indian Command also would screen Com munistcaptured prisoners who re fused to attend interviews includ ing 22 Americans and one Briton before the neutral custody dead line ends Jan 23 Talk to Amtricant Lt Gen K S Thimayya head of the Neutral Nations Repatria tion Commission said recently he planned to to each of the Americans and ask simply if re BARBARA KEEPS MILLIONS Barbara Button was married to Porfirio Rubirosa left Wednesday but she announced after the ceremony that her fortune would re main in her hands Her husband agreed that it was all right with him in Commie Prisons CloseUp View Cures One CordCarrying American BERLIN Americans released by the Russians after years of imprisonment and forced labor said Thurs day Soviet detention camps are hell holes where murder andviolent death are commonplace Lei and Towers 28 a merchant seaman from San Fran told a hews conference he hadbeen a cardcarrying GOP Split on Coilfmetis Knowland Doesnt Agree With Ike WASHINGTON tf ment has broken out between President Eisenhower andhis chief lieutenantin the Senate Sen William Knowlahd of California overa new administration pro gram to combat unemployment Just a week before the opening ofCongress next Wednesday Knowland called the new policy a disappointment and said he would back legislation to modify it He took that position in the face of Eisenhowers statement two days ago declaring complete agree ment with the policy Whether the disagreement would affect Knowlands attitude toward other White House policies could not be foretold The policy is designed to steer government defense con tracts into areas plagued by large scale unemployment Southern Democrats voiced bit ter outcries of protest over the program similar to one put into effect by the Truman administra tion in 1952 and dropped last Au gust Sen Maybank DS C said in a statement Thursday he would in troduce legislation the very first instance I can to preventthe pro gram frombeing carried out About The Weather Mason City Occasional snow flur ries Iowa Considerable cloudiness turning colder extreme north Minnesota Mostly cloudy windy with occasional snow through Friday GIobeQazette weather data up to 8 hi Thursday Maximum Minimum At 8 a m vSnow Communist but never again Pvt Homer Cox of Oklahoma ity said he was blown aircraft carrier Yorktown before theJapanese sank her in 1942 and that was a compared to the Russian work camps The two men were turned over to the Americans in two days ago as a result of negotia tions between the State Department and Moscow Denitd Visa Towerssaid he had tried to go to the Soviet Union to see what the mainspring of Communism was like and had been refused a visa Then he explained he crossed into Russia over the Finnish border in 1951 and was arrested convicted and sentenced to three years for breaking in Exsailor Cox a military police man in West Berlin said he was apparently drugged in a cafe the night of Sept 5 and when ie awoke he was in Russianhands He said they gave him 53 years after a quick trial on charges of beingpart of an intelligence or ganization and suspiciah of hav ing slain a Russian officer Both men said they sawmany oreigners in various work camps in the Soviet Union Cox said these included Bill Marchuk of Breck enridge Pa and Andrew Verdine of Starks La American soldiers once stationed in Germany and six other soldiers from the Austrian occupatiPn forces Worked in Cox said he worked in a coa mine at the infamous Vorkuta Camp Every day somebody died h said quietly Some were machinegunned bj Soviet troops for lagging Other were victims of accidents Fight broke out constantly and some re suited in fatalities Towers in a lumbe it all he would say was It was bad very bad A Communist since 1947 Tower said YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 22 14 20 28 22 I dont know any more wha the word Communist means COLE DIES MOUNT VERNON Fran Cole 86 former financial secre Ury and Vice president of Corn e College here died Thursday at hospital in nearby Cedar Rapids AP Wircphoto TOUGH GUYS IN TENDER it comes to portraying bad men on the screen Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre are as tough as they come But wheri it comes to posing for a picture with a baby especial ly when its the first picture of Lorres first baby theyre as soft as the next guy Loyalists Fight Gommies in HandtoHand Battles i HANOIi Indochina French forces fought handrtohand bayonet battles with Communist Viet Minh rebels Thursdayas the Reds stepped up their activities on three Indochina fronts Close infighting took place on the central coast south this strategic city and re Mayor May Not Get to Serve MAQUOKETA dilemma of Maciuoketa1 where the newly elected City Council and mayor may be barred by lawfrom taking office was to be considered again Thursday at a meeting of the in cumbent council Theproblem is this Mayorelect Ben Jacobsen and six new councilmeh were elected Nov 3 and Mayor Lanvil Moler and the incumbent council were de feated But jjow Moler says Jacobsen ahdthe cpuncilmenelect may have deprived themselves of the rightto hold eft ice because they did not file their bonds and oaths of office within 10 days after the election asrequired by law He says G D Carpenter DCS Moines attorney who is the citys legal counsel concursinthat ports from the scene said 20 Reds stabbed to death and many were taken prisoner Troopsof Red Gen Vo Nguyen Giaps Phantom Division so caied because they disappearec into the jungles after slashing across central Indochina to th Laotian port of Thakhek came ou into the open again near the abari doried city A communique from the Lao cabinet reported skirmislics abou 93 miles east of Savannakhct air port city to which the French re treated for reinforcements afte evacuating Thakhek to the north The communique said French pa trols met infiltrating Red troop and guerrillas but gave no detail of the fighting DIES OF WOUNDS CLARINDA Willis 23 of Coin Iowa died at a hospita here Wednesday night of an ace dental gunshot wound sufferc Christmas Day patriation was desired An Indian spokesman said each antiCommunist Chinese was taken individually from compound and asked to write his name and serial number on a scrap of paper Then he was asked if he wanted to go home During the Uncle Sam Gives Gift in Form of Tax WASHINGTON Sam presents a New Years gift Friday to more than 50 million individuals and 50000 first general tax cuts in five years The three big changes ljlndividual income tax rates will drop about lO per screening 134 Chi Nab Bogus Check Writer at Fort Dodge A 25 year old Victor man de cribed by deputy sheriffs as a arm youth in appearance who left trail of at least worth of ad checks across the state has ome to the end of that trail A hold order from the Cerro ordo County sheriffs office opped Richard Duane Richards lias James F Doran at Fort odge early Thursday Arrested by highway patrolmen ear Newell in the early morning ours because the truck in which e rode was speeding he is being eld in Fort Dodge on a charge of btaining money under false pre enses at a bank there in Checks Deputy sheriffs here said Dor n passed about worth of ad checks here in early Decem er including one for at a lo al bank and one for payment of a ar which later was abandoned ere Richards stole blank checks from n elevator breakin at Bradford a nonuVago according to County ittorney Robert H Shepard and sed the elevators check protector icfore leaving to imprint varying mounts on the checks Soauthen icwere therchecksifr appearance iiatthey fooledbankers and mer hants even though some were for izeable amountsHe used a driv rs license made out to Doran Richards has a record tted checks and robberies which started vhen he was only 12 years old said a deputy sheriff His first court conviction was at the age of 15 after his checks went beyond the ability of his parents to pay them he officer said Continue Arraignment Police Judge Elno McCormick in ort Dodge Thursday continued Richards arraignment until Satur dayBond was set at nese changed their minds and elected to go home Members of the Neutral Repa triation Commission and Allied and Communists newsmen did not wit ness the suddenly pro gram t The spokesman for he Indians emphasized that the custodial force was not conducting explanations but was only giving each man an opportunity to vmake a free de cision on where he wanted to go Telling Guard During the 90day explanation period each of the 354 captives of the Communists and 22000 anti Communist North Koreans and Chinese was told he could gain repatriation only by telling an In dian guard that was his wish The Indiantroops now are guard ing 14454 Chinese and 7729 North Presumed Dead WASHINGTON UP The Army and Air Force Thursday wrote presumed dssd across the names of some 3650 men missing in action in Korea For the thousands of families who have clung to the last thin shred of hope that their long missing sons or husbands might still be alive it was a heartbreak ing New Years message It raised the US death toll in the Korean War to nearly 30000 Formal announcements that the men have been declared officially dead will be sent to the next of kin by registered mail early next week The services deliberately held up mailing the notifications in order not to break the sad pews during the holidays c t Korean antiCommunists Only 3214 heard come home inter views during the explanation pro gram which bogged down com pletely near the end Prisoners who refuse to accept the Indians offer of repatriation will be given civilian status when he Jan 22 midnight deadline passes according to terms of the Korean armistice agreement South Koreas Foreign Minister Pyun Yung Tai hinted that if the Indian Command continues its pro gram the ROK government might cent for all except the highest brackets chopping three billion dollars annually off federal reve nue 2 The excess profits tax on cor porations will expire reducing goy income about two bil lion dollars annually 3 The social security payroll tax levied on ooth employes and employers will go up from 1V4 to 2 per cent It is collected on the first paid annually to a worker That will increase income to the special social security trus fund by almost billions anu ally Drives already have started on two fronts to g i y e even bigger breaks to taxpayers during the con gressional election year of 1954 Chairman Daniel A Reed R NY of the taxwriting House Ways and Means Committee has saic the 10 per cent income tax cut is not enough and he hopes for an other reduction as soon as possi ble Reed also called for cuts later this year in corporate income andexcise or sales taxes The Eisenhower administration has asked that the social security tax the only immediate thorn in the rosy picture of tax reductions be canceled Altogether almost 60 million in dividual income taxpayers will benefit from the 10 per cent re duction But in the lowest income tax brackets the social security tax increase will amount to more leaving a net loss in takehome pay for about 10 million workers was arrested in a truck drivenby Gerald Douds Police said Richards has ad mitted using an alias Richard H rane but has denied ever using the name allegedly signed to the checks take steps to free the antiCommu nist PQWs No Longer Unless the Indian guards re verse their attitude Pyun told newsmen we cannot let our anti Communist prisoners remain in their charge any longer He did not say why he opposes the head count and there was no comment from the Indian Com mand An Indian spokesman told news men to call him Friday to find out whether the count will be contin ued Mayor Seeks 2nd District Post DUBUQUE Austin mayor of Dubuque announced Thursday his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for con gressman from the 2nd Iowa Dis trict Austin is the first in the field on the Democratic side The district is now represented by Henry 0 nounccd it will reduce its working Talle Dccorah force o fi700 by 232 Palmer Asks Papers for Nomination DES MOINES race for the 1954 Republican nomination for governor of Iowa grew hotter Thursday when Rep Ernest Pal mer of Fort Madison asked or nomination papers in the con test Palmer was out of the state rhursday but his action apparent y means hewill be all set to snap nto an earlycampaign as a fourth candidate in a competition which may grow even larger in the next ew weeks V Palmer has stated againand again1 however that he will npl ormally announce until it is set led thatboth he and State Sep Stanley Haft Keokuk will not be rivals for the nomination Three others including Mason itys William Nicholas already iiave announced their candidacies within the last two weeks the name of Atty Gen Leo A Hoegh as a possible GOP gubernatorial aspirant has come into the spot light REDUCE FORCE ROCK ISLAND111 WT h e Rock Island Arsenal has an North lowans Killed in Two Car Accidents Two North lowans were killed Wednesday night and Thursday morning in automobile accidents Deadare T V f Rosemary Elaine Beyer 24 rural school teacher near Osage Arthur T Moore a farmer near Rudd y f Miss B e y fyas killed early Thursday and a compamdnpMiss Theresa Streit 24 of City was critically injured a headon collision with a serm trailer two and a half miles north of Osage on Highway 218 Miss Beyer died at am at the Mitchell County Memorial Hospital from a skull fracture arid other injuries Miss Streit whowas spendingthe holidays with Mr and Mrs Nick Streitr at Stacyville also suffered a skull fracture and chest and shoulder injuries She was brought to a Mason City hos pitaL Miss Beyer was born Nov 17 1929to Carl and Barbara Beyer now live six and onehalf miles northeast of Osage She has jeen teaching at the May school northeast of Osage Besides her she leaves three brothers Leo of Osage May nard of Belmorid and Melvin itf Korea Moore was killed Wednesday evening when struck by a car as tie walked across Highway 18 in front of his home toa barn on the other side of the road r Phil Kennison19 of near Floyd told Sheriff B F Athertdnhe saw only the flash of his headlights on the milk pails Moore was carry ing The sheriff said Moores body was carried about 150 feefc on the hood of the car Coroner Carl Hauser said Moore was deaf and apparently wasnt wearing Ms hearing aid at the time of the ac cident SAME DATEm25il IAS Orders Red Legtiticw Putting Oiit Paper WASHTNGTON The State Department Thursday ordered the Romanian to stop publi cation of a newspaper and other1 Communist publications in the United States A department statement said the action was taken ofthe Romanian governments banning ofa monthly publication issued by the Americari legation in rest on Dec 29 This publication called News from America and printed inRpmanian was first Is sued last October with a circula tion of about 1600 copies the State Department saidu Rep WU in sued a stateniftnt testing in Bfoftwl States of the weekly periodical tilled
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