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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 16, 1955, Mason City, Iowa                                North f Edllod forlho Home THE NIWSPAPIR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH N S N E I G H B O R S VOL LXII Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Seven Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER U 1955 This Paper Consists ol Two Dont Want to No 33 Probe of ICC Set by Jan 1 Cross Target of Hearing WASHINGTON Ch a i r m an Hugh W Cross of the Interstate Commerce Commission was re ported Wednesday to have person ally briefed White House aides on his involvement in a Senate inves tigation A decision to launch a public iri quiry into what was described as a possible conflict of interest case was made Tuesday by the Senate Investigations Subcommit tee It acted after questioning Cross and others at a closed session The subcommittee will seek to learn whether Cross played any role in negotiating a disputed con tract for bus transportation of road passengers between stations in Chi cago Chairman McClellan announcing that public hearings before Jan 1 said only thatUve areinquiring into the conduct of a federal official as re lated to his official He did not name Cross a Republican ap pointed to the ICC by former Presi dent Truman No Doubt But Cross himself left no doubt that he is the official involved Wellinformed sources who de clined to be quoted by name told a newsman Cross had communi cated with White House aides con cerning the inquiry and was ex pected to communicate with them again These sources did not say why the White House Ayas contacted nor did they reveal that information Cross might have relayed They said they did President Eisenhower had been in formed of the matter Cross a former lieutenant gov ernor of y Illinois brushed aside with a no comment questions from newsmen whether he had dis cussed with the railroad people their negotiations on the disputed contract This shifted to Railroad Transfer Service Inc the conces sion to transport passengers and their luggage by bus from one to another of Chicagos six railroad depots Fought Shift The contract previously had been held for about a century by the A C Parmalee Chicago which fought the shift The new arrangements which went into ef fect last Oct 1 were negotiated by the Western Passengers an organization of big railroad companies Reporters asked Cross about ru mors that railroad transfer serv ice of which John L Keeshin is presidents had offered him a job during the negotiations His ICC term expires in 1957 In angry tones Cross replied that unless the subcommittee woqld give him permission to re ply My lips regardless of my welfare are sealed But I think you know what the answer would be It would be definitely Another reporter then asked whether the Keeshin group had offered to take you into its bus I deny categorically that there was any Cross replied Before questioning Cross for nearly two hours behind closed doors the subcommittee also had taken testimony privately from Weeshin He declined to discuss his testimony except to say he had answered all questions I have nothing to he said Air Defense Proves Weak in Exercises FT POLK La United States Wednesday learned a sharp and realistic lesson about the vul nerability of its cities to atomic attack by jet bomber A comparative handful of swift bombers streaking inland at low altitude evaded an elaborate radar warning system and waiting inter ceptor planes and aimed simulated nuclear bombs air bases located in Southern states westward through Louisiana and northward as far as Virginia They were enemy aircraft participat ing 5n tho giant Exercise Sage brush WINTERS Erickson 17 26th S decided his car just didnt sound right Wednesday morning He stopped on S Federal to check over the motor Perhaps the weather had something to do with it The winddriven snow penetrated and might well have wet his from the fact that it was a bit cold The mercury dropped to 9 above as it did Monday morning State Gripped by Cold Wove From Our Wire Services Nearzero temperatures were reported over much of Iowa early Wednesday as light snow and much colder air pushed eastward across the state The snowfall was light averaging an inch or less at most points but strong northerly winds caused considerable drifting Highways were slippery from packed snow in some Sections and blowing snow held visibility near zero at a few points during the earlymorning hours Storm Lake reported the apparent state low of zero while Atlantic had onexabove The seven above zero reading in Des Moines was the coldest on record for Nov Mason City had 9 and Decorah 12 Lows of 15 to 25 degrees were predicted for Wednesday after loori compared with Tuesdays tigh readings ranging from 28 at Sioux City to 68 at Davenport Even colder weather was pre dicted for Wednesday night when he mercury was expected to drop o near or below zero in all sec tions SlighHy Warmer Clearing skies in the west and south Thursday would be followed Dy slightly warmer weather along he western border the weather bureau said In other parts of the nation three persons were killed and 21 were injured Tuesday night when ornadoes and devastating wind storms hit communities in Arkan sas Indiana and Ohio Indiana got the worst buffeting when at least three twisters struck at Winchester the south side of Indianapolis and at GentryvUle Six persons were injured one seriously at Winchester All pow er and telephone communications were ripped down at Gentryville while the Indianapolis twister caused only minor damage Violent Wind Evansville was hit by a violent wind storm and inches of rain Ten persons were injured hree from one family and 18 lomes were damaged three of hem leveled Near Batesville a twister killed a 74yearold woman and in iured five other t persons Another storm1 described as a small an Ohio area be tween Greenville and Union City Snow at Denver snarled traffic so badly that it took an hour and 10 minutes to take a normally 25 minute bus ride Farther north the temperature went to 35 de grees below zero at Drummond while the cold front dropped he mercury 45 degrees from 65 to 20 at AmariHo Tex Damage at Charles City CHARLES official es imate has been made of Mondays fire which gutted the fronts of two upstairs buildings but unofficial estimates place the total damages at between and The Iowa PublicService opened an office in the EHis Build ng in Room 207 The Faraway Store and the Davis Paint Com pany stores were operating with very little smoke and water dam while Morgans Apparel Shop vas still closed for business Tues day as owners went over stock to determine water and smoke dam age Big 4 Parley Ends Without an Agreement GENEVA UP The Big Four foreign ministers conference end ed Wednesday with Russia and the Western Powers more deeply di vided than ever over the great vital problems of German reunifi cation and European security Soviet Foreign Minister V M Molotov chairman of the final ses sion brought the conference to a close at about In almost 60 hours of debate over three weeks the Big Four had failed to make substantial progress on a single major issue before them The Western Ministers blamed an unexpected hardening of Soviet policy for the berakdown Molotov blamed the West The four had begun their talks here Oct 27 in the warm glow of hope created by the spirit of Geneva which flourished during and after the Big Four summit meeting here in Juiy They ended in the bleak cold of an Alpine winter night without agreement even on plans to meet again The possibility of another conference was left up to future negotiations through diplomatic channels II S Secretary of State Dulles planned to be the first of the four to leave Geneva He ordered his plane made ready for an overnight flight to Washington The final meeting was devoted to a round ofsummary speeches after the ministers had agreed on a terse communique which merely confirmed their lack of agreement arid said that each would report to his chief Three Youths Hurt in Accident on Bridge ATLANTIC Walnut high school basketball piayers were hospitalized after a Walnut school bus was crowded into a bridge on 6 about 15 miles west of At lantic late Tuesday night Hospitalized were James Zim James Tooley and Jerry Young all 15 Richard Johnson student was treat ed and released TRADE CURBS TOKYO UP The government decided Tuesday to limit the ex port of cotton goods to the United States in an effort to head off any American trade quotas Stevenson to Enter Prifnary in Minnesota CHICAGO Wednesday if would fool ish to say the people would hot take into account the survival chances of a presidential candi date but he will not make health n issue in his campaign for the 1956 Democratic nomination Announcing that he will enter the March 20 Minnesota presiden tial primary Stevenson answered s wide range of questions c news eertrfereneft of con the health Presiderrr Eltcnhowor and rf Sen Lyndon B Johnson of Texas the Senate Democratic leader Both men suf fered heart attacks in recent months Stevenson said he hopes and prays Johnsons misfortune in no way limits his future activities of his And the same goes for anyone else specifically the President of the United Stevenson de clared As expected Stevenson an nounced t h appointment of James A Finnegan secretary of State in Pennsylvania as his campaign Finnegan a 48yearold bachelor said he will resign his state office to take over the campaign job Hyman B Raskin 46yearold former deputy Democratic na tional chairman was named executive director of the Steven son campaign Stevenson said that Stephen A Mitchell former Democratic national chairman and Wilson Wyatt Stevensons 1953 campaign manager will serve as advisersl AP Wirephoto HES Stevenson who will seek the Demo cratic presidential nomination again beams at Chicago Mayor Richard Daley after announcing his intentions Wednesday He is the first to officially toss his hat into the political ring for 1956 6 Marines Drown in Maneuvers CAMP P E N D L E TON Calif marines lost when two landing craft overturned Wednes day raised to 11 the total of service men killed in rugged air land and sea military maneuvers off the southern California coast The marines were drowned and four were lost and presumed drowned Tuesday when the heavy windlashed surf near this base upset the craft OFFER GRASS ROOTS OPINIONSen T Prentis Mt Ayr chairman of the Iowa laxation Study Committee talks to four taxpayers before the meeting of the study group Wednesday at the Hotel Hanford The four are left to right Bill Eno Sheffield seed corn grower Albert Smith Ridgeway farmer L H Kleinpeter Wesley banker and Elgin Enabnit newly elected mayor of Osage Cut Acreages Wallace Tells Farm Bureau DES MOINES W of acres nosy used for cotton and wheat must be returned to grass former vice president Henry A Wallace said Tuesday night ina major speech on the farm problem In remarks prepared for anad dress to the Iowa Farm Bureau convention Wallace also Urged a federal soil bank pro gram with government payments to farmers as a supplement to the evernormal granary and crop loan program Suggested the government may have to return to the food stamp plan of the 30s to channel some of the current farm surpluses to low income families Endorsed an expanded govern ment program of supervised rural redevelopment loans for needy farm families Urged renewed and imaginative efforts by the government to boost farm exports As secretary of agriculture under the late President Franklin D Roosevelt Wallace inaugurated the first major federal program for production controls and direct pay ments to farmers In Tuesday nights talk he urged farmers to see to it that both po litical parties come through with an action program for farm prob lems in the 1956 presidential cami paign Then he said It will take more than the pro gram of the 30s It will take more than the program of the last three years The eventual stopping of the farmers present downward trend will call for a program which will cost more than either party is willing to Wallace referred to administra tionaims in behalf of the farmer as outlined in a statement released jointly in Denver Oct 29 by Presi dent Eisenhower and Secretary of Agriculture Benson No Guarantee on Road Work AMES series of sizzling problems and situations highlighted the regular Iowa Highway Commission session Tuesday During the day the commission 1 Ran into a refusal by contractors to supply firm commitments on availability of materials The commission first voted 41 to reject all bids on more than four million dollars worth of 1956 projects but later decided 32 to modify its rule and readvertise for bids Nov 29 2 Was accused of political by an Ogden attorney wh is opposing the commissions decision on a socalled middle route SAME Hampton Man Dies in Crash IOWA FALLSJerry A Moore 23 Hampton Tuesday night when he drove truck into a ditch to avoid hitting the last car of a Chicago North Western freight train at a crossing on U S 20 four miles west of here Kenneth Penaluna 18 a Hamp ton high school student and son of the truck owner suffered minor in juries when he apparently was hrpwn out of the vehicle 30 cutofL south of Bborie The commission sharply rejecte the accusation tin another round o discussion over acontroversy aris ing from a proposal to relocate Highway 34 that it bypasses Red Oak The bid rejection issue arose i with a commission de cision to seek compliance with rule requiring bidders to certif they have a firm commitment assuring tha can be com The truck was loaded with about mission that sue h certification 15 tons of sheep The front end of the trailer fell over the cab crush ng Moore to death The Weather Mason City Fair Wednesday night and Thursday diminishing winds Colder Wednesday night zero to 5 above High Thursday1520 Iowa Colder Wednesday night with snow flurries Continued cold on Thursday with snow flurries northeast clearing west and south Low Wednesday night 5 below northwest to 10 above southeast High Thursday near 20 Minnesota Windy and cold Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 a m Wed nesday Maximum 39 Minimum 9 At 8 11 Precip 3 YEAR AGO Maximum 55 Minimum 40 CONTD COLD DEBATE GROWS HEATED Kyer to Get Public Hearing MOUNT PLEASANT m Dr Donald Kyer whose status as su perintendent of the Independence State Mental Health Institute is disputed will have a public hear ing in Des Moines Nov 28 The Iowa Legislative Interim Committee after a heated closed session here Tuesday announced meeting at which it will hear Dr Kyer and Board of Control members The board has said it has ac cepted Dri Kyers resignation ef fective Dec 4 Dr Kyer denies he has resigned or intends to resign The committee voted 62 to hold the open hearing Three Independence hospital di vision chiefs who support Dr Kyer did not got into Tuesdays session but indicated they were satisfied with the committees de cision On hand to speak in behaif of Dr Kyer were Don Maloney laun dry manager James Ferguson psychodrama head and Glenn Blackburn c a n t e eh rnariager Frank B Race representative of the Linn County RJefferson voted against the public hearing 1 I dont think this committee has the right to investigate the mat Patrick said up to the Board of Stevens also doubted whether the committee has jurisdiction in the matter adding he felt that just as Dr Kyer has a right to hireand was also here Dr Kyer Rep Andrew Frommelt D an Interim committee man offered a resolution to hear right now the persons speaking for Dr Kyer but it did not receive a second Rep Russell Patrick RHwar Chairman Henry Stevens Mental Health efso the Board of tn have the right to hire or support fjre hjm Without explaining its ac tions to Two board members Chairman Henry Burma and George C Cal lenius were here for the meeting Burma declined to comment Callenius previously has said Dr Kyer is definitely We dont think hes done the job wo want and Im not afraid to say on materials thus contracted projects pleted on time Steel Supplies Orvil Crowley secretary of thi Associated General Contractor AGC of Iowa notified the com ould not be given because of in ability by contractors to get firm commitments from steel suppli ers The commission then announcec hat all bids had been rejectee nit invited the contractors to come r later in the day to discuss the problem Commission Chairman Russel Aindy said AGC contractors boy cotted chis invitation The com mission on motion of Commission er Emoty Loomis voted to drop its firm commitment rule and open bids on the same projects Nov 29 Drop Rule Commissioner Robert Beck and Mel Graham joined Loomis in vot ng to drop the rule Chairman Lundy and Commissioner Larsen dissented Lundy railed it an action by pressure group to make us chang our policy but Loomis contends contractor isnt going to bii unless ha has some word where he can The heated exchange over th ocation of the Highway 30 cutoff location involved Stanley Simpson an attorney who headed an Ogder delegation He opposed a recen commission decision to relocat Highway 30 so as to pass along th south edge of Boone rather tha two miles south as earlier planned Simpson said the decision wa unfair to Ogden and was down right political missioner Ixomis told Simpson h resented such a statement and Lun dy added it was irritating lo hav such a charge made against th honorable men on this com mis Simpson replied he wasn making any personal accusa Gas Price Drops Another 4 Cents Gasoline dropped another 4 cents in price Mason City service s t a H Wednesday Signs which have read cents gallon for regular since the middle of last week were being revised to throughout tha city rentis Study By State Is Launched North lowans Give Vievs By DRAKE MABRY Iowas Tax S t ud y Committea idnt have any trouble collecting grass roots opinion on taxes dur ng the first discussion and ques ioa s e s s i a a Wednesday at ths lotel Hanford About 300 North lowans were on land to hear the discussion and to xse questions to the 12 egislators and economists study ng taxes in Iowa 1 The idea of the3 taxation study group is riot to increase taxes said Chairman X T Prentis senator rom Mt Ayr We are here to equalize the tax Unpopularity is expected by the committee the senator admitted Any change in the tax burden is b o u n d to bring com counties around Mason ity were represented at the tax tearing About12 the eneral Assembly in addition to committee members were also on land Included were Lt Gov Leo Slthon Fertile and Sen D u an e Dewell Algona Republican ma jority leader in the Iowa senate Cost of Exemptions The cost of administering Iowas tibmestead exemptions and agricul ture land credits was brought un der by three North lowans Theywanted the study group to de termine the cost of administering these programs both on a state and local level They wanted to if jthe cost of such programs is Harold L Friedrich Charles City Floyd County auditor said he thought the iind that the local cost of administering the exemptions would exceed the 5 cost on a statelevel i A farmer near Titonka wanted homestead exemptions removed en tirely Similiar suggestions been posed by other groups throughout the state First Meeting The Mason City meeting is the irst of nine meetings throughout the state to get opinions of the man on the street and behind the The tax study group had pre viously worked with about 40 or anizations all of them with spe cific interests in mind The study now wants to get the opin ons of disinterested taxpayers Before making its final recom mendations to the Iowa Legisla ure Prior to the opening of the ques tion session Dr William G Mur ray research director of the group arid a member of the staff at Iowa State College pointed out some of he recommendations the commit ee had received to date Many have made suggestions about the financing of our schools he said The most sweeping pro posal was the foundation program hat calls for the state to provide a minimum program of education to each school district in the stats Assessment The assessment program re ceived considerable attention at previous meetings said Dr Mur ray Some wanted the level raised others wanted it set permanently One group wanted the assessment of household goods repealed A group of retailers want the personal property inventory tax hrown out and a tax on services md increased income tax to take ip the slack One party suggested sweeping all exemptions and credits off the joard and beginning with a clean Other tax proposals heard at prior meetings included a withhold ng program for state income taxes reduction of sales tax re iuction of property tax with in me taxes taking up the slnck ancl tighter enforcement of the strteincome tax laws One party even wanted a tax on billboards along the states high vays Tax Briefing A briefing on the state tax pro ram was given by Dr Robert bhnson of the State University of owa before the discussjon was hrown open to the floor He pointed out that Iowa ranks U fifth inthe nation in per cent of X income going into taxes Iowa is   

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