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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 5, 1960, Mason City, Iowa                             North Iowas Daily Newspaper IdMtd for VOL 99 PWM twl Full UIM Wlrei ON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE The newspaper that makes all North I o wans neighbors MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER S 1WO Copy Paper ConiUU ol Two SectionSection On MOM EDITION 41 One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL GlobeGazette Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGLO 1300 pm Sunday WOI Ames 640 pm Tuesday WTAD Quincy 930 pm Tburs WSUI Iowa City 910 am Sat Our Electoral College has served us well TN SPITE OF ANYTHING you may have heard to the con trary the Electoral College has done all right by the United States since the beginning days of our republic It may be archaic it may be difficult of comprehension it may be a lot of things it is accused of being But the fact that it has worked is all important In this respect the Electoral College is in a class with our party conventions which give us first our nominees then our Presidents These quadrennial hoopla affairs can be set down as archaic too A lot of other uncomplimentary adjec tives may be applied to these conventions I have done my share of the criticizing let me confess But when all is said and done one has to recognize and con cede that by and large the party conventions have for al most a century and a half pro duced representative nominees and generally able and dedi cated Presidents Forgive the cliche but the proof of the pudding IS in the eating Both things Im visit ing with you about in this com mentary the Electoral College and the party conventions are designed to promote and aug ment the twoparty system which is at the very heart of Americas majorityrule repre sentative democracy When there are more than two parties a country gets minority rule and utterly implausible coalitions Shades of France ItalyGreece and a dozen other nations that I could name IN PREVIOUS commentaries this year Ive given the conven tions a good going over com paring and contrasting them with the direct primary ap proach so often advanced as an alternative And a bad alterna tive it would be too Ive con tended But in this visit Id like to deal with the Electoral Col lege mechanism which on Dec 19 will be ratifying what about 67 million Americans decided at the polls on Nov 8 Technically the electors meet ing in Iowas State House and at appointed places in the 49 other states will be electing the JPresident Actually however its just a formality Electors in the early days could exercise some little individual judgment and discretion in the choice of the President but all of that or most all of that went out the window with the perfection of the twoparty system Here might be a good place to turn back the pages of history for a look at the Electoral Col leges origin OUR FIRST TRICKY hurdle is that name Electoral College Please note it isnt electorial It hasnt anything to do with campuses professors or students In fact it takes a little time to get any help from a dic tionary In my own latest vol ume of The American College Dictionary I had to move clear down to No 8 item under col lege to find this definition An organized association of persons having certain powers and rights and performing cer tain duties or engaged in a par ticular pursuit such as an college The College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church would be at least somewhat re lated under this broad concept The sole duty of those named to the Electoral College is to meet at a time designated by Congress at the seat of state government its the governors office in Iowa and cast a vote for President and Vice Presi dent There are two sets of elec tors in each state one represent ing each party Those repre senting the victor in the given state are the ones who get to gether as here described UNDER THE LANGUAGE forth in Article II of the Con stitution the official ballot from Continued on Ptflt ty THE EMPTY STOCKING This is the picture many GlobeGazette readers have been awaiting The famous old painting by F S Manning heralds the start of the Christmas Cheer Fund so licitation in which so many persons in Mason City and the surrounding area participate each year The purpose of the fund Is to make sure that there will patatfag by F S be no empty stockings in this commun ity Christmas morning In the next is sue of the GlobeGazette the goal of the Cheer Fund and other details will be given The first gifts will be announced in Wednesdays issue Never once in the 35 years of its existence has this annual Christmas fund failed to reach its goal Boycott growing weaker NEW ORLEANS boy cott of an integrated elemen t a ry school weakened a bit more Monday with 15 to 17 white pupils turning out for classes They showed up at the Wil liam Frantz School where one Negro girl is enrolled in the first grade The previous high white attendance since the school was integrated by fed eral court order was the 10 who went to classes Friday There are 500 enrolled Jeers and taunts from women demonstrators greeted the white children and the Negro girl met a chorus of boos when she arrived At McDonogh No 19 the other school integrated on Nov 14 only the three Negro girls in the first grade entered the building Monday Its enroll ment was 500 However police patrols at the school were enlarged amid reports that white pupils would break the McDonogh boycott The Louisiana Legislature gave quick approval Sunday to a bill providing state aid for pupils who prefer to attend pri vate schools The legislature despite a federal court order not to interfere with the opera tion of New Orleans schools is bent on preserving segregation Boy dies in cavern at Missouri Valley MISSOURI VALLEY nie Larson 7 one of 10 children of Mr and Mrs Clifford Lar son was killed Sunday when buried by an earth cavein ap parently while playing in a gul ly A section of the gully bank broke away and covered the boy Policemen and nearby res idents dug the boy out but ef forts to revive him failed shopping days lift USE CHRISTMAS SEALS FIGHT TB N ews in a nutshell FROM OUR WIRE SERVICES WASHINGTON Thp TT S Supreme Court has ruled that restaurants in interstate bus stations may not practice racial discrimination under certain con ditions The ruling would apply if the restaurant is what the court termed an integral part of the bus carriers transportation service LONDON Northern Europe has begun clean ing up after a violent weekend of raging storms and floods which spread death and destruction Britain bore the brunt of the storm which sent rivers crash ing out of their banks and flooded dozens of villages and miles of farmland UNITED NATIONS N Y France boycotted the General Assemblys main political committee again at the start of its annual debate on the six yearold war between the French and rebellious Al gerians LEOPOLDVILLE of Patrice Lumumba have clamped a Communiststyle dictator ship on the city of Stanleyville Angered at the cap ture of the deposed premier they let loose their fury on whites trapped in his northeastern stronghold as a reprisal Whites were barred from entering or leav ing Oriental Province Infant is victim of traffic crash CHARTER OAK UPI A fivemonthold boy was killed Monday when the car driven by his mother skidded out of con trol and hit a bridge abutment about 3 miles west of here on Iowa 141 The victim was Dean Kragel son of Mr and Mrs Gene Kra gel Charter Oak 2 Des Moines boys drown in pond DES MOINES UP The bodies of two young brothers were discovered late Saturday in a pond here They were Richard Stevens 10 and David 8 sons of Mr and Mrs Verne Stephens On Editorials Page 4 Society News 8910 Comics 12 News Quiz 13 North Iowa News 14 Sports 1516 Latest Markets 18 Mason City News 1819 Clear Lake News 21 SAME DATE1959420 Boy found in refrigerator At White House office IkeJFK meeting stage set ROM OUR WIRE SERVICES WASHINGTON Two men who disagree on how the place should be run will meet Tues day at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave nue One has been in charge for eight years The other will take over Jan 20 The purpose of the talk be tween Dwight D Eisenhower 70 oldest president in history and John F Kennedy 43 youngest man ever elected to that office is to smooth the changeover of administrations Since neither could expect to change the others mind the two may steer clear of their sharp differences over how the White House should be operated Eisenhower has directed his top military diplomatic and fiscal advisors to stand by to brief Kennedy if Kennedy wishes to see them Secretary of State Christian Herter Defense Secretary Thomas Gates Jr and Treas ury Secretary Robert Ander son will be waiting in the Cab inet room while Eisenhower and Kennedy confer alone in the Presidents office 4 Kennedy intends to partici pate personally in more of the decisions of his administra tion than has Eisenhower In the Eisenhower era many policy disputes between Cab inet officers have been set tled by the White House staff without the chief executives intervention Kennedy will reduce the size of the White House staff Un der Eisenhowers system of operation it has expanded sharply and included a lot of program coordinators and a number of task forces as signed to review specific fed eral programs In Contrast Kennedy wants a small unspecialized staff which he can supervise per sonally This does not necessarily mean fewer federal jobs Ken nedy will depend on the Bud get Bureau to handle some of the work now being done by White House staff men The Budget Bureau probably will need more manpower to han dle the larger assignment The bureau will1 be expected to ride herd on all programs of the federal government recommending changes in their operation and making sure other agencies are car rying out Kennedys wishes Under Eisenhower the bud get has been preoccupied mainly with one task Hold ing down spending Kennedy in announcing the appointment last Friday of 41 yearold Harvard Prof David E Bell as his budget director made it clear that the agency will get a much heavier work load Erbe in charge of fraud DBS MOINES Norman Erbe said Monday he ms evidence that an Iowa Tax Jommission fieldman has been iling fraudulent expense claims and working in a civilian occu pation when he was supposed to ie on the job for the state He said he has turned the evidence over to tax commis sion Chairman John OConnor Erbe declined to identify the employe or give the department of the commission for which the fieldman works HE SAID HE got onto the case when he saw the employe working as a housepainter on normal working day las summer An inquiry revealed that the man was not on vacation at th time he said Erbe said he asked an agent of the State Bu reau of Investigation to look into the case Erbe said he has had the in jormation since about Sept 1 but that he did not bring it up hen because it would have Drought out cries of politics Srbe then was running for gov rnor on the Republican ticket The tax commission is Demo raticcontrolled Erbe said he is bringing the jase up now because it may iave a bearing on our budget learings He said he plans to ask department heads during budget hearings whether ex jense allowances for state em loyes working outside Des Moines now are sufficient HE SAID HE understands tax commission fieldmen are lim ited to a day for lodging and meals The investigation by the state agent indicated Erbe said that he commission employe had been turning in fraudulent re eipts for lodging at hotels in various cities He said one example was a J4 receipt for a nights lodging at a Cedar Rapids hotel when iheinvestigation showed that he employe actually had stayed at a different hotel where his bill was The agents investigation cov ered the period from last March 15 to Aug 1 Erbe said And he added giving this man the jenefit of every doubt it ap jears that he turned in claims br for lodging whereas bonafide hotel registrations ihecked by the agent show the mploye actually paid only Defense Dept shakeup urged by committee A lifea batterygive out NEW litfle boys curiosity a flashlight a vacant apartment This was the anatomy of a neigh borhood tragedy in the Bronx Sunday night Not long ago Robert Ingra ham 8 the son of a building superintendent received a handsome gift from a family moving from the neighbor hood The shiny flash a nearobses sion with the boy For hours as boys will he explored the dark places in the neighbor h o o u r k y basements gloomy stairwells storerooms and odd corners Friends accused him of tak ing the light to bed with him During most of his waking hours he kept the flashlight fastened to a string tied around his waist For three days Robert hit every unlit nook and cranny in the area When Robert didnt come home Sunday night his fran tic father John Ingraham called police and a wide spread search began For nearly four hours searchers combed t h e neighborhood talked to the lads friends and looked in most places a 60 pound could hide It wasnt until detective Christopher Kelly learned of the boys fascination with the flashlight that police came up with a clue Kelly went to the basement apartment recently vacated by the neighbors who had given Robert the flashlight and began a thorough search His fears were realized when he finally opened the door of a refrigerator Roberts slight body was curled up inside The boy still grasped his precious flashlight But the battery had burned out The light had died with him Photofax UDALL CHOSEN Rep Stewart L Udall DAriz is all but in as secretary of the interior according to re ports in Washington Udall 40 is a member of the House In terior and Insular Affairs committee PALM BEACH Fla Iff Presidentelect John P Kennedy Monday got a report recommending efense Department reorganization including elimi nation ofthe civilian secretaries of Army Navy and Air Force The goal could be to give the secretary of defense instanta neous control in event of nuclear war The report was submitted to Kennedy by Sen Stuart Syming ton DMo head of a committee which the presidentelect set up to plan streamlining of the vast Pentagon operation for the nu clearspace age Symington told a news conference after conferring with that in his opinion his committees recommendations would cut present military spending by about 20 per cent or billion annually But he said this money likely would have to be plowed back for such things new weapons development anc North Iowa Mostly cloudy turning much colder with oc casional snow flurries north part Monday night strong west to northwest winds lows 1320 Partly cloudy and cold er with diminishing winds Tuesday highs in the 20s owa Considerable cloudiness and turning much colder Mon day night lows 510 northwest to near 20 southeast Tuesday generally fair and continued quite cold highs in the 20s Further outlook mostly cloudy with moderate temper atures Wednesday Minnesota Colder snow flur ries windy Highs Tuesday near 30 GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 am Monday Maximum 54 Minimum 40 At 8 am 40 Precipitation 53 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 38 21 GlobeGazette weather data up o 8 a m Sunday Maximum 48 Minimum 35 North lowans again may miss big snowstorm Uncertain weather prevailed iver Iowa Monday The Weather Bureau said the Midwests second howling snow storm this fall probably would miss Iowa by going more to the northeast into western and northern Minnesota Indications were that Iowa would get some snow squalls md brisk northwesterly winds Rainfall amounting to up to 85 of an inch at Dubuque fell during the 24 hours ended early Monday Mason City had 53 Davenport had 49 of an inch Waterloo 48 Council Bluffs 44 Sedar Rapids 31 Des Moines 30 Ottumwa 22 and Lamoni 18 of an inch IOWAN KILLED SAN DIEGO Calif Ronald Isham 20 Davenport owa was one of two Marines cilled when their car plunged off a bridge two miles north of nearby Oceanside an arms control program While the Symington com mittee would abolish the civil ian secretaries of the Army Navy and Air Force those serv ices would be retained as sep arate entities in the defense es abhshment The plan of Symington who was secretary of the Air Force n the Truman administration also would eliminate the under secretaries and the assistant the hree services In all 15 civilian offices would be wiped out in the three serv ces The committee also would abolish seven assistant secre aries of defense bringing the grand total of offices abolished o 22 After receiving the report Kennedy said it was an inter esting and constructive study ivhich I am sure will be care tally analyzed by the Congress and the ion incoming administra Another Willson musical show being planned LOS ANGELES Meredith Willson who wrote the musical score of The Unsinkable Mol y Brown and Richard Mor is who wrote the book will collaborate again on another Broadway musical which Mor is also will direct the composer announced Monday Subject matter of the n e w WillsonMorris teaming is see et for the time being Work on t will begin when Willson com pletes his work on the film pro duction of The Music Maa at Warner Bros studios DELEGATION ARRIVES MOSCOW delega tion of New Yorkers arrived lere Monday to extend an offi cial invitation to the Soviet Jnion to participate in the 1964 Worlds Fair in New York Roy L Matson editor dies at Madison Wis Roy L Matson 52 editor of he Wisconsin State Journal in Madison Wis since 1942 died iunday following a week of ill ness Funeral services are Tuesday at 2 pm at the E p i s c o p a 1 hurch in Madison He is survived by his wife the ormer Helen Lairs and two sons David is touring the mid ivest with a Shakespearean tock company and Daniel is doing graduate work in seman ics in Germany under an inter national scholarship Matson was born June 26 908 in Cloquet Minn He was graduated from high school in Minneapolis in 1925 and attend ed the University of Wisconsin le worked parttime for the Visconsia State Journal until he was graduated from the Univer sity of Wisconsin in 1929 At that ime he joined the staff as a re porter and feature writer Matson became managing edi tor of the Madison paper in 1937 and was placed in full charge of the editorial department in 1942 He was active in the Red Cross Community Chest Rotary Club and St Andrews Episcopal Church He also ac cepted an assignemcnt from the State Department in 1958 to con duct seminars on the American press for 10 weeks in India He was an officer of the Wis ROY L MATSON consin State Journal Division of Lee Newspapers Inc a di rector of Badger Broadcasting Co and Madison Newspapers Inc Among his professional and fraternal affiliations were the American Society of Newspaper Editors Chi Phi Sigma Delta Chi and the University Club Matson newly home from mission to India for the State Department was a speaker for Mason Citys Rotary Club for Ladies Night two years ago   

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