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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 31, 1955, Mason City, Iowa                                North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited far MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LXI UntUd Fraw Fall WUM Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MAY 31 WS Tbla Cowriate ol Two Wonderful to Be Fischer Says After Release From China Prison HONG KONG weary men came out of Red China Tuesday Gee its wonderful to be Capt Harold Fischer Swea City Iowa told an Ameri can Red Cross representative as he and three other American fliers imprisoned for two years by Red China crossed the border north of here Lt Col John Norcross medical officer examined all lour and said they were in very good physical Toe men were taken to the Jockey Club in Kowloon on the mainland to change from the faded blue Chinese uniforms they were wearing The other three are Lt Lyle W Cameron Lincoln LL Col Edwin Heller Wynnewood and Lt Roland W Parks Omaha Cameron saw a banjo on a shelf at the Jockey Club and yelled What shall we sing boys One of the fliers already in the shower bellowed back Lets sing Cross Over the Cameron strummed the banjo and they all hummed but no body could remember any words but Cross Over the So they all burst out with that about every 15 seconds and then went back to humming Heller was handed a letter from his wife He walked a little to one side to read it Changed into fresh shirts and slacks the men to Kaitak Airport There they boarded the Bataan the famous C54 which used to be Gen Doug las MacArthurs personal plane for a flight to Honolulu and reun ion with their families Piloted by Capt Boyd A Smith of Odom it will go via Wake Island and possibly Guam or Kwajalein It was learned that the Air Force had each of the four flyers fill in a form about his imprison ment and treatment and that at least one of them Parks read a carbon copy of a purported con fession he had been forced to sign The confession was on onion skin paper and a wellplaced in formant said Parks is believed to have obtained it at the time it was signed and kept it hidden Air Force officials refused to confirm or reveal the contents of either that statement or the questionnaires A highly placed source said the order against interviews had come from Washington He said interviews may be restricted for at least several days pending further questioning of the men by military officials at Honolulu At the Jockey Club the men hurled their prisoner clothing into a corner and headed for hot showers their first since cap ture they said When they emerged the prison clothing had been one said they were handed two complete changes of socks underwear sports shirts and slacks Red China announced its deci sion to release the airmen Mon day night in a Peiping radio broadcast which said they had been convicted by a military court May 24 of into Manchuria The court or dered them deported the broad cast said The broadcast was Peipings first announcement of any official action against the fliers After the Peiping announce ment the U S State Depart ment expressed hope that the Chinese decision to free the four indicated an early release for 11 other American fliers and 41 civilians detained by the Reds Watch Chinese President Says WASHINGTON Eisenhower said Tues day Communist China has implied that it released four im prisoned American airmen in an effort to relax tensions in the Far East But the President told a news conference the situation needs to be watched carefully He cautioned against what he termed any hit or miss conclusions with respect the intentions of Red China Asked about the prospects for re lease of 53 other Americans held by the Chinese Communists Eisen bower replied he had nothing on that at this time Eisenhower opened his session with newsmen by noting that thi Communists had released the four American fliers early Tuesday When questioning began a report er asked whether the President fel that release of the four men indi cated the Chinese Communists are aincere about trying to relieve tension Eisenhower replied that mes received by this governmen Imply that is the stated intention of the Reds Then he added tha the whole situation must be watched carefully without any hii or miss conclusions Eisenhower tanned from a holi day weekend of golf also deali with these other topics Vaecirw The President said it looks now as though there will be enough Salk vaccine within 30 days to handle the program call ing for inoculation of first and sec ond graders He added the pro gram for those age groups shoulc be completed in 60 days On the same subject Eiienhow er voiced earnest hope that Con gress will provide the 28 million dollars he has asked for inocula tion of children whose parents are unable to pay for vaccinations President said he does not like politics in what he termed the derogatory sense of the word He added however that the presidency is fascinating when con sidered in the sense of striving for such things as world peace anc minimization of the chances of war The opportunity to meet thousands of people also makes it interesting he said adding that some phases of the political aspects of being President are to say the least in triguing even if fatiguing But as for politics in the deroga tory sense he repeated has no liking for the game in that sense United an nounced that he has decided to go to San Francisco June 20 to attend the opening of ceremonies marking the founding of the United Nations 10 years ago Plane Crash Victim Dies at Hospital Joseph Oscar Wright 44 1618 57th Place Des Moines died at a Mason City hospital Tuesday 20 days after his twopassenger Lus combe monoplane crashed 11 miles west of Northwood Wright received head injuries when his plane struck trees as he was taking off from the Gilman Hagen farm The plane landed in the Edwin Holt farm William N Nuzum 30 who was him at the time also was in jured Wright however underwent head operation immediately aft er being admitted to the hospital Wright was born March 2 1911 He was a salesman for the L G Balfour dealer in school class rings and had spent the afternoon on business in Lake Mills the day of the crash Funeral services will be held in Des Moines The Ward Funeral Home at Clear Lake is in charge of arrangements IOWAN DROWNS BROWERVILLE Minn UWohn J Olejniczak 46 Sioux City Iowa drowned in Turtle Lake near here Sunday while fishing from a boat with a companion Alf Holmes 63 Sioux City who was rescued No Deadline on Ending School Segregation Supreme Court in Unanimous Ruling WASHINGTON Supreme Court directed Tuesday that race segregation in public schools be ended as soon as It set no deadline and anticipated a period of The high tribunals unanimous decision in effect tossed the whole explosive problem to local school authorities and to lower federaJ courts The Supreme Court said the low er courts should see to it that school authorities make a prompt and reasonable start toward com plying with its finding of last year that segregation is unconstitution al Great Flexibility Beyond that the Supreme Court left great flexibility for the local courts such a start has been made the lower courts may find hat additional time is necessary carry out the ruling in an ef fective the decision read by Chief Justice Warren said The decision said too the lower courts may probably take into account local problems in sitting as courts of equity The broad nature of the order was far closer to what had been asked by Southern states than it was to the demand by attorneys for the National Assn for Ad vancement of Colored People for a firm deadline for ending segre gation Local Problems With local problems figuring in account there conceivably could a great bulk of litigation in the uture turning about issues of lo cal problems During the original argument of he cases the late Justice Robert 3 Jackson remarked at one point that he could foresee decades of litigation ahead BAR PARLEY OPENS DES MOINES 82nd nnual convention of the Iowa State Bar Assn began Tuesday with preliminary sessions About The Weather Mason City Kain cooler Iowa Rather windy Iowa Temperatures Tuesday night through Sunday will average near to slightly below normal Normal highs 76 north to 79 south Normal lows 53 north to 57 south Warmer east and turning cool er extreme northwest Wednes day Cooler Thursday Warm ing trend over the weekend Rainfall will average three fourths of an inch to inch es as showers Wednesday in east portion Thursday and again over the weekend Minnesota Showers Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 Tues day Maximum 75 Minimum 48 At 8 64 YEAR AGO Maximum 74 Minimum 61 WINDY AP Wlrephoto WALK AWAY FROM Harold Fischer left and his three com rades walk with Air Force doctor Lt Col J A Norcross right as they leave the Red China border near Hong Kong Norcross said the four were in good condition but that a more exacting physical examination will be made when they reach Hawaii Sfofe Executive Council Withdraws Park Approval New Jack Sought DES MOINES WThe State Ex ecutive Council Tuesday withdrew its previous okay for a condem nation action to acquire 124 acres for a Julien Dnbuque graveside park near Dubuque The action was by a 40 vote on motion of State Treasurer M L Abrahamson seconded by State Auditor Chet Akers In their discussion state officials said they were not abandoning the idea of state park area which would provide access to the grave site Secretary of State Mel Synborst who presided in the absence ol Gov Leo Hoegh said the effect on Tuesdays decision is to leave it up to the State Conservation Com mission to try a new tack We hope a way can be founc News in Brief C47 CRASHES 7 DIE ALAMOGORDO N M 15 A twinengine Air Force C47 its engines apparently stalled over the rugged Sacramento Mountains crashed and burned Monday in La Luz Canyon killing the seven men aboard The plane had taken off from HoUoman Air Force Base 15 minutes earlier after refueling and picking up freight on the last leg of its journey home to Clovis Air Force Base N M GUNMAN SLAYS THREE DAYTON Ohio berserk gunman who said he did it for his charged into two downtown banks Tuesday and shot and killed three persons including a former football coach before he was wounded fatally himself by police bullets THIS MAKES SENSE CHICAGO Raphael 13 who has fust wen his second art award plans a as an accountant EMERGENCY DECLARED LONDON Elizabeth II Tuesday signed a royal procla mation declaring a national emergency to take effect Tuesday night in her striketorn nation The queen vacationing at Balmoreal Castle in the Scottish Highlands gave Prime Minister Eden wide spread powers to deal with the rail and dock strikes slowly paralyzing the economic life of Britain MILK FOR THE George Mendon drinks a couple of glasses of milk every day so hes prepared for June Dairy Month For further details on Cerro Gordo Countys observance of the dairy festival turn to page 16 to reach a fair compromise with the owner of the Syn horst said Synhorst said an investigation and hearing since the original au thorization for condemnation led to the conclusion that a much smaller area than 124 acres wiU suffice for the states needs There is no point in being on record for a 124acre condemna tion proceeding when we know a smaller area will do the he commented He said he personally felt the owners rights were not amply considered in the first place Julien Dubuque was Iowas first permanent white settler The City of Dubuque owns a 5acre tract which includes the gravesite Her man Lott Dubuque owns about 700 acres surrounding the grave site tract He wants to develop the area commercially The latest thinking of the State Conservation Commission is for a 55 to 60acre state park with an easement to the state for use of a portion of a road Lott is building to a quarry on his land We want the conservation com mission to make a fresh start on this Synhorst said As it stands now no condemnation proceedings are authorized pend ing efforts to negotiate a compro Council members said Hoegh was advised last week that the Julien Dubuque matter would come up Tuesday but that a defer ment was not requested The gov ernor is at a road meeting in Den ver Dubuque Girl Lost But Found Tuesday on Family Farm DUBUQUE SVNancy Klein 7 yearold farm girl who was the bject of a nightlong search in the Richardsville area northwest of here was found unharmed Tuesday Peace officers national guards men and neighbors joined in the earch after Herman Klein father of the girl reported Monday eve ning that Nancy had been missing since p m The girl was found on the Klein arm which is rugged and heavily vooded in spots One of her two dogs was with her Nancys feet were swollen and bruised from wandering through the rough area throughout the night in an attempt to find her way home She was found by a neighbor who was in the search ing party at about 9 a m 4 Freed Airmen Head for Hawaii Friends of Fischer to Buy Plane Ready Gift for Flier By ROLF HOFSTAD SWEA and neigh bors of Capt Harold Fischer jet double ace who is expected to re turn soon to his parents farm near here plan to buy him a plane Many times in letters to his par ents tie captain has said a plane is about the first thing he wants to Duy when he gets home Townspeople here heard of Fischers plans months ago and have been waiting for word of his release before announcing the Harold Fischer Official sponsoring organization is the American Legion Fisher Post No 19 here Legion Commander Darrolc Gable said contributions are ex pected from all over North Iowa Many he said have already expressed their desire to do something for a great war hero This will give them a chance to show their Fischer Fund Gable said contributions should be sent to Harold Fischer Fund American Legion Swea City The Legion has a line on a fourplace plane they hope to present the jet ace when he ar rives home The town plans the biggest cele bration in history when Fischer returns Gov Leo H o e g h will Speak Legion officials said The governor said that nothing woulc seep Mm from the homecomin celebration when he talked to the fliers parents in Des Moines last ear The Fischer farm two miles east of here was a scene of joy and thanksgiving Said the elder Fischer This is the happiest day of our lives Our phone started ringing at Monday morning and hasnt stopped yet Sentence Commented Mrs Fischer on the Communist sentence of immedi ate deportation for her son Im mediate really ough What it means is our son will be home Harold Fischer m 6yearold son of the flier remembered that lis father took him into the water once He said maybe hell take me swimmin A former Mason City man Robert Hicks now employed at Ames and the captains closest riend received the shock of his ife Monday morning He stopped by to drop off a couple of books o be sent to China Heard Newt A reporter broke the news of Fischers release as he stepped out of his car At first Hicks vouldnt believe the good news rhen he rushed inside the com ortable farm home where he had spent many an hour with the fam embrace Mrs Fischer Mrs licks is still living at 546 5th Mason City until the fam ily can move to Ames Hal can stay with us in our ig house at Ames if he goes back to school at Iowa Hicks said Capt Fischer has said in letters lome that he wants to go back to the farm His father commented however that he might change his mind Christmas of 1950 was the last Lime the Fischers saw their son He was home then for a week Air Force to Take Fischers to Hawaii for Gala Reunion SWEA CITY W Mr and Mrs Harold Fischer and their grandson Harold III were ad vised by the Air Force Tues day that the government plane which will fly them to a Honolulu reunion with their prisoner of war son will leave Omaha by 6 p m Wednes day They told us to be at Offutt Field in Omaha by 5 oclock Mrs Fischer said Were all ready to Mrs Fischer said she would have been just as happy to have met Capt Harold Fisch er 30 the American dou ble jet ace on the West Coast But she quickly added This will be wonderful 365 Traffic Deaths Set Holiday Mark By the United Press Traffic deaths during the week end mounted to a new record for a threeday Memorial Day holiday As the reports came in on fatali ties in the period from 6 Fri day to midnight Monday the United Press count showed 365 deaths on the streets and high ways They also showed 135 drownings L deaths in plane crashes and 52 in miscellaneous mishaps for a death total of 563 California had 29 deaths Ohio and Texas 27 each New York state 20 and Missouri 18 The previous record for the ireeday Memorial Day holiday in Jnited Press surveys was 364 set last year Ned H Dearborn president of the National Safety Council which works year round in appealing to motorists to be careful said ob servance of the Golden Rule by drivers would have halved the to tal The council had forecast a probable 360 deaths Only Three Motor Vehicle Deaths in State on Weekend By The Associated Only three motor vehicle deaths were recorded in Iowa during the ong Memorial Day weekend which covered the period between 6 Friday and midnight Monday The victims were Tom Bach 18 Clinton and Jerry Jray 19 Camanche killed early Monday when Bachs car left Highway 61 north of Davenport Elwyn Doud 18 Waterloo killed on 34 near Ottumwa about midnight Friday when his 1926 model car was struck from the rear TO ADDRESS CLERKS FORT DODGE James Dolliver Rlowa will address the annual Iowa State Federation of Post Office Clerks convention opening next Sunday SAME DATEW4224 Released to U S at Hong Kong All in Good Condition HONG KONG Ameri can fliers released by Communist China after more than two yeari imprisonment reached Hong Kong Tuesday Less than three hours later they took off for Hawaii and reunion with their families The men who had been shot down in the Korean War appeared tired but in good if subdued spir its They told newsmen at the air port that they had beea well Lt Col 0 WD Simpson who greeted the men at the Com munist border said their mental attitude was extremely composed and they gave no evidence of be ing The four all fighter pilots are CapL Harold Fischer 28 City Iowa 1st Lt Lyle W Cam eron Lincoln Lt CoL Ed win Heller 36 Wynnewood and 1st Lt Roland W Parks 24 Omaha Say We are all terribly glad and happy to be Cameron said to newsmen What more can we say Tefl our folks hello the flyers chorused The four men arrived just after noon by train from Canton at the border village of The Air Force said in Washing on that the men would be given a complete physical checkup in Ha waii Secretary of the Air Force Talbott announced that a special lane would fly their closest rela ives to Hawaii for a reunion Although newsmen were not mitted to question the four they said at the airport they were first old last week that they were go ing to be sent home The four refused to say where they had been held prisoner in toina American authorities had said they believed the men were tield most of the time in Mukden Manchuria Red Clothing The airmen were dressed in Communist blue trousers and faded blue collarless shirts when they crossed the border into Hong Kong territory at the Lowu Bridge They changed to new white shirts and light gray slacks at the Fan Ling Jockey Club enroute from the border to the airport The clothes had been brought for them by an Air Force greeting party headed by Lt Col Simpson the air attache in Hong Kong Simpson had bought the clothes in Hong Kong earlier on the basis of the mens height and weight before they were taken prisoner All the items fitted extremely well suggesting that tha four were in about the same physical condition as before Hellers new shoes however were too small Simpson gave him tus own The air attache said all four men were extremely excited and hilar iously happy Fischer saw a bed with a mat tress at the jockey club jumped on it and bounced up and down ike a baby Simpson said Parks flopped on another bed and luxuriously stretched and yawned Cameron ran for the showers and shouted Theyve got boti lot and cold Winttd Steak Asked by Simpson what ha would like Heller said Lead ma to The air attache bQ   

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