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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 4, 1954, Mason City, Iowa                                North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited for the Horn MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETT E Associated Press and United Vr THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH OWANS NEIGHBORS Seven CVnls a 3 Tots Die in Blaze JESUP Wwhile the mother already severely burned in a res cue effortstood by helplessly three small children of Mr and Mrs Cecil Schroeder perished in a fire that destroyed the family farm home near here late nesday The bodies of the childrenAl len Keith 4 Ronnie Lee 3 and Pamela Jean 2 were recovered from the ruins by Jesup volunteer firemen The three small children were m an upstairs bedroom of the two story frame house when the fire broke out Two other Schroeder children were at school Flames Spread The flames quickly spread through the entire house Mrs Schroeder was doing chores out side when she noticed the fire llei husband was in a distant field The mother tried to fight her way up stairs but was driven back by the flames and searing heat She then ran to a neighbor ing farm to give the alarm The neighbor Mrs Freeman El Holt reported the fire to Jesups volunteer fire department Then with the Elliott hired man she re turned to the Schroeder home with Mrs Schroeder The mother had to be restrained from reentering the blazing building Meantime Leslie Craft 51 La Porte City farmer and his farm hand Earl Feller had stopped aft er they saw the smoke pouring from the Schroeder home Heard Cries We could hear a child crying and we broke a downstairs window trying to get in but the smoke was we couldnt enter so intense Craft said The two men went to the rear door and got partly into the kitch en where Craft picked up a bun dled baby blanket he found on the floor He outsidebut dis covered it was empty Two other Schroeder children Diane 9 and Lcnnie 8 were in school at the time of the fire Fire Chief B L Trumbauer of Jesup said the fire may have been caused by the explosion of a heat er For Iowa January 3rd Driest Month DES MOINES Wi Last month will be listed on the books of the US Weather Bureau as the third driest January in Iowa since rec ords have been kept Iowas pro longed all practical purposes is now in its eighth month C E Lamoureaux government meteorologist here said Thursday that total precipitation in the form of snow sleet and rain averagec only onefourth of an inch for the state as a whole in January 1954 The normal for January is 101 inches At first glance the defici ency doesnt seem large But con sidering the fact that an inch of precipitation equals about 10 inches of snow and that large sections of Iowahave had comparatively little snow the picture looks different The two previous years in which January was drier than last month were in 3928 when moisture aver aged 16 of an inch and 1919 when it was 24 The arid weather has been fine for farmers with chores to do out side but agricultural officials say that if the winter drought con tinues on top of last summers drought there is no telling what damage may be done to grass and legumes MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4 1954 HOME EDITION MASON CITY DOLLAR DAYS Thursday Friday and Saturday This Taper Consists of Two One No 101 YOUNG FIRE VICTIMSThe threeyoung children of Mr and Mrs Cecil Schnecl f near Jesup died m a fire which destroyed their small farm home T h i mothe was f i moe was severely burned in an attempt to rescue them Shown are right to left Ronnie I ce in scToolat But Some Improvements 95000 Killed in US Accidents During 1953 CHICAGO is the tre mendous price the nation paid for accidents in 1933 Killed 95000 Injured 9000 000 The cost The bill was added up Thurs day by the Nalional Safety Coun cil It noted that the 1953 accident death toll was JOOO below the 1952 total But il also noted that it was more than three limes as great as he toll of American dead during the entire Korean War The motor vehicle held its place as the No I accident killer Traffic death numbered 38300 That was a gain of 200 or l per cent over 1952 The traffic total was the third largest in history exceeded only in 1937 and 1941 Fatalities in home accidents numbered 28000 a decline of 1000 Accidental deaths at work were unchanged at 15000 Ned H Dearborn president of the council said No civilized nation can long endure his tragic and disgraceful waste of man power and resources from acci dents that are avoidable There were some relatively bright spots in the otherwise grim array of statistics The 1953 death rate for acci dents of all types was GO per 100000 population That was the lowest on record Nevertheless one out of everv 16 persons in the United States suffered a disabling injury last year The 38300 traffic deaths were recorded during a year when the number of vehicles on the road and the number of miles they traveled reached an alltime high Thus the death rale per 100 million vehicle miles was esti mated at lowest rate on record TV Police Officer B stands by Mrs Juanita Simmons after she was shot twice in the chest by a crazed hotel caretaker Two men also were shot The shootings apparently climaxed an argu ment over selection of a TV program ExRed Spy Said to Be Berias Protege 1 in in i i Allies Hear Molotov Request Formation of AllGerman Government Before Election BERLIN Foreign Minister V M Molotov Thursday unveiled Russias longpromised plan for fivepoint pro posal for formation of an allGerman government with the participation ot democratic Communist organizations The West considers the Mololov plan the same old cartbefore thehorse proposal for formation of a provisional allGerman govern mcnt first and arranging of free allGerman elections later This plan f Republicans Plan Bigger Budget WASHINGTON W Republicans Thursday studied an expanded 1954 campaign budget to help elect a Congress with a bigger proportion of members from the Presidents party The partys national Finance Committee was called intoclosed sessiona mid talk the 1950 budget of might have to be nearly doubled because of the prospect of increased use of tele vision and radio The National Committee begins twoday session Friday That President Eisenhower speaks the annual Lincoln Day box Mpper it sports arena Nominate New Postmasters WASHINGTON Eisenhower Thursday submitted tc the Senate nominations of 272 postmasters U was the larges group of postal nominations sub mitted at one time during the pres ent administration The White House said all of the nominees were recommended b Republican congressmen and ap proved by the GOP National Com nittec In states without Republi can congressmen the jobs were illed on the recommendations o he state Republican organization Nominees for Iowa are Arthur W Robinson Bayard Cenncth C Anderson Clinton Ralph 0 Woods Colfax Louis F Obyc Estherville Keith H Rad off Farmersburg Stewart L Schwab Guthrie Center Donald E Clayton Hamburg Lewis L Wei den Iowa Falls James Emerson Evans Joice Goldic M Schneider Popcjoy Erwin G Dieter Rock Rapids Norman W Jcspcrsen Royal Morris G Dahl Sloan BULLETJN VIENNA Austria Prague Radio Thursday reported that a neutralized American Hvasta of Hillsidt N J been freed from his long Imprisonment in Communist Czechoslovakia The broadcast says Hvasta was pardoned by Ciech President Antonin Zapo tocky VETERAN DEMO DIES ALAMOSA Colo H Billy Adams grand old man of the Democratic Parly in Colorado and the states only threetime gov ernor died Thursday been rejected repeatedly by th Western powers The Molotov plan called for 1 Formation of the provlsiona government by the parliaments o the East and West German re gimes including the wide partici pation of the Communist mass or ganizations such as the youth the women the Farmers League anc the Redrun unions tion and holding of ailGeman clec tions by this provisional govern mcnt Represent All for the allGerman government to represent the split nation during the preparation o the peace treaty and in all inter national bodies ac tion by the rival governments now to organize a joint meeting on pro cedure by the four powers to prevent any interference or pres sure by foreign powers during the allGerman elections Earlier French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault had challenged Molotov to take the same risk as we and permit Gemany o choose its friends in free and open elcc tions The other two Western foreign ministers joined with Bidault in de manding that Russia quit stalling on the issue and give a straight ycsorno answer to their proposals for such elections as a first step oward reunited divided Germany Made Challenge Bidault challenged Mololov at lie 10th Big Four conference ses sion He spoke for all three West ern delegations in expressing the Wests annoyance with Soviet de aying tactics He sharply criticized Molotov for lis obstinacy and for throwing legalistic obstacles in the path of the conference simply because he Soviets fear discussion of free 3erman elections Bidaults tactics were agreed About The Weather Maion City Generally fair and mild through Thursday night High Friday near 45 Mostly fair Thursday night Friday partly cloudy with little change in temperature Minnesota Considerable cloudi ness r GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 am Thursday Maximum Minimum At 8 am YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 31 32 30 13 upon at a meeting of senior Allied officials before the formal mcel ng Western Aims They agreed that the aims of the Vestcrn Allies now arc twofold try to break up the Molotov ilibuster press Mololov to every op xrtunity for a straight answer to the Wests German election plan as utlincd by British Foreign Secre ary Anthony Eden Molotov promised to comment oon on the Eden plan and Western officials hoped he finally vould do so GlobeGazette photo SHOPPERS RIDE FREEMrs Ted 217 6th SW is first off a Mason City bus after a free ride downtown to shop Downtown merchants are providing free bus rides to shoppers from a m to p m on Dollar Days Iluirsday Friday and Saturday The idea is not onlyto make shopping more convenient for Mason Cityans but also to leave more parking space for outoftowners Russia in Offer of Billion Order to British Industries MOSCOW Russian crnment Thursday offered to place contracts worth four hundred mil ion pounds sterling 000 with British industries for de ivery from 1955 to 1957 The offer was transmitted in a nemorandum handed by Ivan G iabanov the Soviet minister 01 oreign trade to a delegation of 12 British private businessmen who Woman Is Justice at Iowa falls IOWA FALLS WVMrs Herbert atznr has been appointed justice f the peace here by the Hardin County Board of Supervisors She s the first woman to hold the of ice in Iowa Falls are visiting Moscow The offer concerned a large vari ety of equipment including tank ers small cargo ships industrial plant equipment small electric power stations as wellas railroad equipment floating docks fish car riers and steam boilers the memorandum the Russians handed over a de tailed breakdown of equipment they said they could use This was the biggest gesture yet announced by the Soviet govern ment in its widely publicized cam paign offering to revive East West trade Many items the Russians wanted arc noton the British restricted list for exports while relaxations on some others arc expected one businessman said At practically the same time an Argentine technical mission spokesman told a news conference that SovietArgentine trade is ex panding On The Page Kickoff Feb 23 for Cerro Gordo Red Cross Fund Drive 3 ISC to Begin Next Week on Cheap Atomic Power 7 Holy Family Wins 17th At Charles City 73 Rasfovorov Liked Ways of US Sought Asylum TOKYO Col Yuri A Rastovorov Thursday was revealed as Soviet Russias chief Red spy in Japan and a youthful protege of Lavrenti Beria recently executed chief ot the Soviet secret police Informed American sources said Rastovorov who asked an American Army intelligence unit for political asylum Jan 24 was trained under direct control of Berias MVD organization He once was a personal courier for Beria himself But the source said a growing admiration and weakness fo f TfTr8 POSSlbly eri5s execuUonand finallydirect orders to re turn fo Moscow sparked his decision to chased sides His conversion long and deliberately sought by crack US Army operatives is called by observers here the most brilliant piece o intelligence work publi Gillette in Food Stamp7 Proposal WASHINGTON A Immediate action on a food stamp plan for the aged and jobless is urged by Sen illette Gillette has asked three Cabinet ecretaries to assign experts to work with him on legislation to make a surplus food disposal plan ffective The Iowa senator said he sug estion came from C J ONeil Ames dairyman ONeii proposed changing the So cial Security Act to permit part or all each old age security or un employment compensation pay ment to be exchanged for double ts dollar value in food stamps food stamps could be ex hanged at the grocery store for oods listed as surplus Cabinet officials whose help was sked by Gillette are Benson of Agriculture Mitchell of Labor and Irs Hobby of Welfare The scna or said he would like to see ac ion by Congress this session Rapidly accumulating food sur pluses hang like a Damocles word over our markets Gillette aid He said it is abhorrent to ee edible foods going to waste thile old age pensioners and the nemployed have inadequate diets Gillette said he was more inter sted in early action on getting urpluses into the hands the eedy than in promoting any par icular method but he said the ad ministration has not submitted any ood stamp plan to Congress cized since the start of the cold a blow at Soviet espio nage in a key Far Eastern area It is the intelligence equivalent of a Midway or a Normandy the source said Called Dashing Rastovorov reported Wednesday to be cooperating with American agents at the big US base on Okinawa was described as a dash ing handsome Soviet spy who moved easily in Tokyo social cir cles and who cultivated Americans He even ate and drank at American Army officers clubs the source said It also was revealed that at the Church Leaders Wife Sent Poison Candy to Members TAMPA Fla mystery of the poison candy sent to mem bers of the First Baptist Church of Lake Wales was solved Wed nesday with an admission from a 49yearold housewife wife of the churchs Sunday school superin tendent Brought before US Commis sioner Paul Pinkerton here the chief concern of Mrs Lctha Delia Ovcrton seemed to be her hus band I dont want to hurt my hus band she told reporters He is such a good man The only words she spoke to Commissioner Pinkerton came be guilty About 20 persons became vio lently ill after eating the arsenic tainted homemade fudge but all escaped death Commissioner Pinkerton set bond at Date of the trial is indefinite Mrs Ovcrton came to Tampa voluntarily with her husband James Overton a bookkeeper at Lake Wales She was arrested on a warrant charging mailing poison ous matter last Dec 8 with intent to kill or injure The motive was unclear Police Chief K MMeHck of Lake Wales said Mrs Overton indicated she felt neglected socially by other of church time of Berias execution Dec 23 Rastovorov made contact with American Army agents who shad owed him continually and sounded them out on changing sides Much as the Army wanted him it moved cautiously until Rastovo apparently in panic at person ally delivered orders to go home called the agents on the telephone and asked them to protect him as a political refugee File Protest The news apparently came as a shock to the defunct Russian mis sion of about 35 men still in Tokyo Last week they filed an angry pro test that Rastovorov had been kid naped by the Americans This is a standard Soviet charge when one of their agents deserts It is ridiculous to say he was kidnaped the source said He fled in fear for his life The American source who is well informed but who cannot be identified said Rastovorov 5 feet 10 blond and blueeyed spoke al most flawless American English Wirephoto KISS FOR of the Army Robert Stevens re turning from a 14day tour of the Far East gives his twoyearold granddaughter Melanie Stevens kiss at National Airport in Washington Scared Heck Out of Reds WASHINGTON UP Sen Jo eph R McCarthy Thursday irushed aside a charge that con cessional investigators hampered propaganda effortsabroad and de lared We scared hell out of a ew Commies The Wisconsin Republican ap earecl unimpressed by the com laint fired by a presidential com mission He said his Senate Per tinent Investigating Subcommit tee would take a new look at the overseas information agency soon Probes Hurt The commission said the work of the Voice of America and other overseas information agencies was largely offset if not destroyed by congressional investigations last year It noted the information pro gram was investigated by Mc Carthys group and a Senate for eign relations subcommittee and suggested it be further inquiries until it has a chance to prove itself I know we scared hell out of a fcw Commies and demoralized and affected an American manner McCarthy declared of his Like Frills He dressed in clothes of Amcri can may have come from the Tokyo shoes carried an American port able radio to the Tokyo Tennis Club and seemed interested in sev eral nonRussian women He apparently associated with Americans so much that as an in telligent man he could not believe all the Communist lies he had been educated on the unofficial source said He became convinced that Communism itself was a fraud DATE195332 investigation I dont mind de moralizing the Communist Party Back Complaints But Sen J William Fulfaright a member of the foreign relations subcommittee a grle ed with the commissions complaint And Sen Henry M Jackson D a member of McCarthys subcommittee called the commis sions report important McCarthys investigation which erupted into a book burning con troversy over allegedly proComr munist volumes in US overseas libraries attracted most attention last year The commission said some of he investigations1 produced favorable impressions a b r o a d among the very persons US prop aganda wasr aimed at PAIR GIVE HIGHBALL CHICAGO Bour xin and Ken Soda live next door to each other here but wldom mix They are only nodding acquain   

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