Monday, December 26, 1955

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 26, 1955, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper EdIUd for DM CITY GLOBEGAZ T HEN EW S P A P E R T H AT MAKES ALL NORTH I O W A N S NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION MAKE EVERYDAY SAFE DRIVING DAY VOL LXII Associated and United Press full Lease Wires Seven Cents Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 26 1955 This Paper Consists of Two AllTime Holiday Death Record Likely One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL GlobeGazette Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE WTAD Qulucy flSO Sunday U300 Sunday WOI filO Thursday WSUI City 910 Saturday No Christmas for Our Commies T just didnt think It would ever happen Maybe its something brought on by the holiday spirit and will pass away soon What ever the explanation I never thought I would be caught feeling sorry for the Communists The feeling is very slight and Im sure it will be extremely temporary But it is existent for the moment You see these pathetically mis led human beings and they are that even though too often they dont act nothing in their lives or in their language that even faintly resembles that most wonderful of all greetings Merry Can you imagine anything worse They do Im told sing out an occasional Happy New Year but its a pretty hollow greeting with a high content of irony The fact that its been 1956 years since the birth of Christ is recognized by the Communists but they wish other way to here and I should make it clear before I go any further is to those limited few in Russia and elsewhere who belong to the Communist Party and thus classifiable as Com munists Im not referring to the great rhass of vRussians who are slaves of riot believers in Com World Observes Holiday Millions Join in Worship AP Wirephoto MERRY CHRISTMAS Bill Dockery Yuba City gin gerly picks up a battered Christ mas present sad re minder of what might have been a happy day Dockery found this and many other wouldbe gifts floating around in his mudsoaked home there was some reckon time My reference Policy Unchanged Russias population currently is something over 200 million per haps 215 million It would be even greater except for Communisms mass murders from time to time Communist Party membership ranges somewhere between 3 mil lion and 6 million For ail but a lew membership in the party con sists of carrying a card and sub mitting to a rigorous discipline of thought and behavior A first requirement it was laid downby Karl Marx and re peated by Lenin and Stalin is that established religions shall be banished and that atheism shall be fostered with a religious zeal As recently as September of this year Niketa Krushchev in ad dressing a delegation of French Communists said this We remain atheists We will do all we can to liberate1 a certain portion of the people from the charm of the religious opium that still Niemoller View Recalled Precisely what has happened to Christianity behind the Iron Cur tain is not easy to learn Reports total 1 are at variance one with anmark other I recall almost as if it were yesterday an afternoon I once spent with Germanys famed Pas tor Martin Niemoller He had just returned to his home in Wiesbad en from a visit to Moscow on church business His report was of an extremely optimistic nature He said religion was flourishing as it never had be fore forthe reason that Chris tianity always prospers in the face of persecution and Those Were his words This was in 1952 A month or two lajter on a visit to this country Pastor Nie moller was making a like report in his lectures But there are others perhaps more conversant with goings on behind the Iron Curtain who take a diametrically opposite view The capacity attendance at services is seen by them as a reflection of the sad fact that relatively few church es are functioning in Russia at this time Most recent estimates place membership in the Russian Or thodox Church at 55 million That would be about onefourth of the total population claim a half million members with five times that number well dis posed toward their faith but not baptized Moslems about 301 million Jews in numbers are being dealt with most Rough on Catholics Roman Catholics both priests andlaymen have had a rough rtnie of it too Whereas the Or CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 French Vote Campaign in Final Week PARIS French election campaign moved into its final week Monday with two of the bitterest rivals trying to sell their ideas and their supporters rather than asking votes for themselves With his home National Assem blyseat in Normandy considered assured former Premier Pierre MendesFrance moved onto Lyons and Paris to ask support for his Republican grouping of four political parties MendesFrarices chief rival and former Premier Edgar Faiire beat the Paris streets too in aid of his centerright coalition Faures Assembly seat In the Jura department near the Swiss border also is considered safe The new National Assembly will be elected Jan 2 butonly 597 of the 627 seats will be filled Voting for the 30 in Algeria has been post poned indefinitely because of the continuing nationalist terrorism Despite their bitter rivalry Men desFrances national front and the coalition led by Faure offer the French voters less choice of policy than that presented the U S voter by the Democrats and Republicans Cheer Fund Gash Total Is When the wheels of the 1355 Christmas Cheer juncl rolled to a stop Monday morning the cash total had reached thp lark Thais above the cash goal set for this years solicitation With the merchandise gifts the grand total now stands at Cash gifts totaling 20 received too late for listing ahead of the 2 oclock Saturday after noon are as follows H J Schlichting Route 3 Mason City Mrs R W Katherine Rumeliote Helen E Turnbull A Dorisi Bruce executive secretary of Family Service reports a pronounced gratitude on the part of the scores of families for whom a lift from the Cheer Fund turned what otherwise would have been a drab day into a joyous Christ mas By The Associated Tress Floods storms and sudden death marred the annual Christmas ob servance for many but around the world millions joined in worship Feasting and gift giving to cele brate the birth of Christ Because Christmas Day came on Sunday the annual holiday con tinued Monday for many Some Canadian provinces even extended the weekend through Tuesday in observance of the traditional Brit ish Boxing Day Leaders on both sides of the Iron Curtain joined in wishes for peace President Eisenhower Pope Pius XII Queen Elizabeth II and West German Chancellor Konrad Ade nauer were among those who is sued special messages Peipirig ra dio interspersed its Communist propaganda with caroling and wishes for a merry Christmas and happy new year of peace Some Headway Moscow Radio in an English language broadcast sent heartiest Yuletide greetings to American listeners It said some headway has been made in putting an end to the cold Foremost peace was a reality on the Holy Day at least The only warlike incidents reported were off South Korea and in Algeria A South Korean coast guard boal and Red Chinese vessels dueled off the Korean coast Moslem na tionalist extremists killed 13 per sons and French troops killed 11 rebels during the weekend in the French North African territory Even more widespread attacks threatened by the terrorists did not materialize An uneasy truce in these Jeru salem permitted Christian pilgrims to journey to Jordanoccupied Beth lehem for the annual Christmas service at Christs birthplace But svidespread rioting in Jordans chief cities last week and thocon tinuing threat of war on Israels Syrian and Egyptian frontiers cut the visitors to the smallest crowd since 1945 Familiar Pattern For many millions the day fol lowed a familiar annual the opening of gifts around brightly decorated trees early in the morn ing church services and then the feast In sunny St Peters Square in Rome pilgrims and Romans knelt to receive Pope Pius bless ings kas the head of the Roman Catholic Church stood at noon at the window of his apartment The traditional turkey w a s 461 Are Dead in Traffic Fires Claim 51 Lives ROAD BACK IS A DREARY of Yuba City straggle back into town1 Monday to begin the backbreaking job of restoring their homes to livable con AP Wirephoto clitions Only a few in the city of escaped either dam age or destruction when a Feather River levee broke over the weekend Heavy Rains Lash Wide Areas of FloodStricken Western States By The Associated Ircsi Heavy rains Monday lashed wide areas 61 flood stricken northern and central California bringing more misery to many thousands chased from their homes in Cali fornias worst disaster since the The Weather Iowa Partly cloudy through Tues day Warmer in east and centra portions Tuesday Low Monday night 20 northeast to 32 south west Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 Maximum 27 Minimum 12 At 8 25 Prccp trace YEAR AGO Maximum 41 Minimum 27 PARTLY CLOUDY Queen Calls for Peace in Christmas Talk SANDRINGHAM England UP Elizabeth II called on the world in her annual Christmas broadcast to live in peace for the benefit of The Queen said that year by yea secrets of immense power fo good or evil are being revealec but we have still to solve the nc uuuuua lu w problcm of jiving peaceably tOgeth served o Amoncan solrtjcrs sailL as e nations ors and airmen abroad and in an Francisco earthquake in 1906 The Weather Bureau said the torm is moving south and east and is not expected to make any appreciable difference in he surging rivers Most rivers Oregon to the Sali 100 miles south of San Francisco are receding However the situation remained critical along the lowei Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers Flood victims in other areas be gan wading back to their homes looking for the missing anc fearing to find more dead Latest estimates place the death toll at a minimum of 43 37 in California and 6 in Oregon Five others are missing in Oregon In addition authorities fear t h a scores drowned when trapped in their cars after the Feather River smashed a levee and flooded Yuba City That is a peachgrowing cen ter of about 120 miles north east of San Francisco Up to are feared home less in some 30 communities and damage is expected to exceed 150 million dollars in California New floods threatened in the vast central California delta as a mighty crest of water from the sprawling San Joaquin Sacramen to River system neared Snn Fran cisco Bay Both rivers still were rising along their lower reaches And sheriffs officers at Stockton farm center some 70 miles southeast of San Francisco said The situation foaquin Unclersheriff Michael Canlis said he San Joaquin River is flooding rural areas 20 miles southwest of Stockton There is little prospect of the situation improving for at s very critical throughout San Del Norte counties sheltered thou sands of refugees in public centers and private homes Two Indian By The Associated Tress An alltime holiday death record loomed as a distinct possibility Monday as the nations motorists began the homeward trek With 63 hours s of the 78hour threeday Christmas holiday week end elapsed traffic accidents had claimed at least 461 Fires took another 51 lives arid miscel laneous causes accounted for 60 more bringing the overall total to Ned Dearborn president of the National Safety Council said in Chicago that the lastday is always the He said past experience has shown the highway death rate spurts during the clos ing hours of the holiday period Most Tragic He predicted 560 persons would die from traffic accidents during the 78hourperiod that began 6 local time Friday and ends at midnight He said If the present rate of eight highway deaths an hour continues ve are definitely headed for a new alltime record It will be the most tragic Christmas traffic wise the nation has even seen least two or three days when the big river is expected to begin drop ping Cnnlis said the situation also is critical in the southern part of the richagricultural countywhere he said the Stanislaus River a San Joaquin tributary also is still rising Receding water left flood marks six feet high on houses in Yuba City Some of its residents were permitted to return Sunday to assess their losses but were shooed out again as night fell be cause of the possible blacklash from the Father and Sacramento rivers Marysville just across the Feather from Yuba City was par tially repopulalecl by returning refu gees Christmas Day Unlike Yuba Citys its dikes had held Stockton had a second dike break a mile south flooding a suburban development six feet deep This re lieved pressure on the swollen San Joaquin channel and lowered it a fool enabling half of refugees who had fled another lowlying area earlier to return home Emergency workers manned dikes points as Isleton and Walnut Grove through the night clumping sand bags into breaches In the far i north Humboldt and jrothers Bill and Greeley Frye were credited with daring maneu vers of their boat through hurtling debris in the Klamath Rivet ti rescue J3 people from thehamle ot Klamath camps at home Francis Cardinal Spellman of Ncvv York paid his fifth Christmas visit to the Ko rean front and used an Army heli copter to keep his schedule of masses In the antarctic 800 miles from the South Pole 295 men of the Navy icebreaker Eciisto sang carols and read radio messages from home Theirs was the only ship at the base the Navy is preparing for American scientists who will take part in the 195758 Geophysical Year RED CROSS REPORT WASHINGTON fflAbout 41 per cent of the American Red Cross 195455 budget of million dbl lars was spent on services to the armed forces and to veterans the organization said Monday SAME DATE 420 BUck Ur trafflo death In past FourEngine Plane Crashes Burns at Azores Airport ANGRA DO HEROISM0 Azores fourcngined airplane re ported to be American crashee and this midAtlantic island city airport authorities re ported Monday Apparently there were nosur vivors although officials said the plane was not immediately idcnti fied II was not known how man were aboard Airlines in New York said n commercial planes were missing The Military Air Transpor service in Washington said it hai heard nothing of a crash of on of its planes Officials said it was possible military aircraft flying bclwcc United States and North Africa bases might have crashed The often refuel in Ihe W J HAGGARD Rites Tuesday for W J Haggard 86 ALGONA J Haggard 86 retired newspaper publisher will be buried Tuesday afternoon Hag gard who died Saturday night after a long illness owned and published the Upper Des Moines Register here for 50 years before retiring in 1949 He sold his inter est in the paper a year later In 1946 he was given the Master Pub lisher Award The only way to avert an all ime record is for every mo torist to redouble bis care on the way If oi eight traffic deaths per hour is maintained the toll would reach 624 at the end of the 78hour period s The present traffic toll record set in the fourday day period of 1952 is 556 The record number of traffic fatalities for a threeday Christmas period is 545 set in 1950 392 Deaths Last years twodayChristmas holiday claimed 392 traffic vic tims There were 63 deaths from fires and 60 miscellaneous fatali ties bringing the overall total to 515 In a nonholiday test period 6 Dec 9 this year to midnight Dec 12 the totals were 364 traffic deaths 57 in fires arid 88 miscel laneous for a total of 509 The overall accidental death records are 789 for the fourday Christmas period in 1951 and 734 for the threeday Christmas observance of 1950 The record number of total deaths for any holiday period is 805 set during this years threeday Independence Day holiday Barn 28 Head of Cattle Destroyed CHARLES CITY barn and 28 head of Holstein cattle were destroyed Sunday night on a farm rentcdby Van Brooks about a half mile north of Basselt The blaze apparently caused by faulty wiring also destroyed bales of hay and a large quantity of ground feed Two nearby silos one of them full were badly damaged The farm is owned by Mrs Emma Frazee no im mediate estimate of the loss Plan Hearings on Factory Dealings WASHINGTON IJPI A Senate AP Wlicphnto Monday pour water into the remains of St Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago after fire caused damage and toppled a 200foot steeple which brims on the roof at left Four firemen were injured in the spectacular Commerce subcommittee plans to start hearings Jan 19 into what Sen Monroney DOkla terms factory mistreatment of car dealers Monroney said the hearings wlH deal with automobile bootlegging excessive credit and other alleged Monroney heads he sub Eight Deaths in State Since Friday Night ByThe Associated Iowas Christmas weekend fes tivities were edged in black by at least eight deaths on highways since 6 Friday However reports so far indicate there were no fatalities on Christ mas Day itself Last year four persons lost their lives in acci dents on Dec 25 The deaths brought Iowas motor vehirlc loll for the year to 622 compared with 628 on Dec 26 last year Jho Victims The victims were Janice Hamilton 8 Minneapolis Minn James Cullen 34 Omaha Willis Dwight Grover 18 Elgin Mrs Eugene Puti East Moline and her 11 year old son Ver lin Ed Smith 41 Charles City Jerome Strong 18 Rolfe Janice Hamilton died of injuries received Saturday in a twocar accident 2 miles north of Jewell on Highway 69 Seven other persons were hospitalized at Ames Cullen was killed Saturday night when the car he was driving went out of control and plunged down an embankment at the east end of the AKSarBenBridge in Coun cil Bluffs Near New Hampton Young Saturday whtlt being taken to a Rochester