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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 20, 1960, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper for MM 1 MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION The VOL newspaper that makes all North lowans AMOCUM PMM tad United Pmt InUrwiUoMl full wim MASON CITY IOWA TUISDAY DECEMBER 20 TWO neighbors 7c Paper of Two SectionsSection OM it Kennedy considers changes More dates with press By RICHARD SPONG GlobeGazettes Editorial Research Bureau WASHINGTONThe presiden tial press conference is a rare institution unmatched in any other world power The term is a misnomer The gathering is not truly a confer ence nor is it properly used so much an advantage to the press as it is to the President Rarely does it generate hard news On the other hand it is or has become a means by which the president may speak directly to the people by means of the more recently radio and television These and many other reflec tions about the institution must be coursing through President elect K e n n e d ys mind It is known that he considers chang ing the format as Madison Av enue would put it of the press conference HE HAS BEEN going over a Brookings Institution study of the White House quiz show And his press aide Pierre Salinger in vited newspaper men to com ment on three proposed changes 1 To allow the conferences oc casionally to be televised live in the evening 2 To remove the requirement that correspond ents identify themselves and their publication before question ing the President 3 To vary the conferences between morning and afternoon giving both morn ing and afternoon newspapers an even break President Eisenhower for all his evident dislike of press con ferences paradoxically has al lowed the press and other media the greatest freedom in their use Even in the Truman press conferences photographs were banned during the event and di rect quotation was ruled out un less specifically authorized At the prompting of his press secretary James C Hagerty Eisenhower authorized direct quotes and admitted professional stenotypists to transcribe the questions and answers Photo graphs were allowed and then motion picture cameras were admitted to make films that could be shown later on tele vision and in theaters The right to edit was reserved but it has been used sparingly indeed PRESIDENTELECT Kennedy as a candidate inspired almost a protective attitude on the part of the working press On at least one occasion a rarely impetuous remark that might have been damaging was suppressed by tacit agreement Whether this avuncular attitude has survived the frigid vigil outside the Ken nedy home in Georgetown re mains to be seen The working press also has a great respect for and desire to protect the office of the presi dent and its incumbent Thats why when the question of chang ing the routine was broached newspaper men who fight a con stant battle for freedom of ac cess to information were sug gesting even that Kennedy re turn to the old written question andanswer system that general ly obtained before the FD Roosevelt era WIDELY RECALLED was a goof made by President Hard as a newspaper man himself at first allowed direct the Washing ton Conference on the Limitation of Armaments that so embar rassed Secretary of State Hughes that Harding revived the rule of requiring written questions in advance K e n n e d y in the campaign showed himself adept at press conferences He evidently enjoys them He will probably not ap proach FDRs alltime twiceaweek in peacetime or 998 in his long incumbency more than 80 a year But he almost certainly will hold more than in eight years only 15 so far this year On the inside Editorials Society News 8910 Sports Farm News 15 Latest Markets Mason City News 1617 Comics North Iowa News 20 C It a r Lake 21 NEW offi cials Tuesday placed at 47 the death toll in a fiery disaster aboard the giant aircraft car rier Constellation Police earlier had said the count might reach 56 but the Navy discounted this The po lice had listed 9 workmen miss ing in addition to the known 4 dead However Navy authorities AP Photofax CAPSULE BACK unmanned capsule which was rocketed through space in its first success ful flight is returned to Cape Canaveral Fla for study Standing by it is Lt Wayne Koons whose helicopter snagged it from the ocean where it landed Except for being slightly scorched by atmospheric heat and a broken window in a porthole it was un damaged N ews in a nutshell FROM OUR WIRE SERVICES WASHINGTON Its official now John F Kennedy has been elected president The 537 mem bers of the Electoral College gave 300 votes to Ken nedy 219 to Richard Nixon and 15 to Sen Harry Byrd DVa Needed to win 269 WASHINGTON Robert McNamara defense secretarydesignate said he plans no early reorgani zation of the Defense Department He said he will first take time to see what changes are needed FRANKFURT court martial board has acquitted Lt George OGrady 26 of charges of negligent homicide in the deaths of 17 soldiers killed by a shell that overshot its mark during a training exercise last September UNITED NATIONS N U N General Assembly sought to close shop after defeating a call for a U N referendum in Algeria and shelving rival EastWest disarmament proposals The assembly also was unable to agree on two rival proposals for settling the Congo crisis Wants fast action on 4 major bills PALM BEACH Fla John F Kennedy said Tuesday he will urge Congress to act speedily on medical care for the aged and aid to education housing and areas of chronic unemployment Kennedy also told a news conference that he wants early action on increasing the present minimum wage of an hour The Presidentelect had at his side for the news conference Vice Presidentelect Lyndon B Johnson House Speaker Sam Rayburn of Texas and Sen Montana Record peacetime budget for Russia MOSCOW UP The Soviet government Tuesday presented a record peacetime budget of 775 billion new rubles to fi nance an 88 per cent increase in industrial output in 1961 Fi nance Minister Vasilli Garbu zov told applauding deputies of the Supreme Soviet that defense expenditures are being cut thanks to the unilateral reduc tion of the Soviet armed forces They make up 119 per cent of the total budget compared to 129 per cent for 1960 MEETS BETANCOURT CARACAS Venezuela WPI Sen BourJce B Hickenlooper Iowa Republican on a tour of South American countries spent an hour with President Romulo Betancourt Monday They re portedly discussed a wide range of subjects dealing with rela tions between the United States and Latin America shopping days left USE CHRISTMAS Mike Mansfield of slated to succeed Johnson as Senate Democratic leader Kennedy announced that he has appointed Johnson chairman of the Advisory Council on Space Exploration Problems Johnson also will take over the chairmanship of the govern ments Committee on Contract Compliance a unit set up by President Eisenhower to prevent race discrimination on work done by private contractors for the government Vice President Richard M Nixon now is chair man of that committee Kennedy Johnson Rayburn and Mansfield started strategy talks Monday on the new admin istrations legislative program and budget planning They met newsmen Tuesday on the patio at Kennedys Atlantic shore home to report on their discus sions Johnson and Rayburn joined in predicting a successful session of the Democraticruled new Congress Kennedy said the talks with the legislative leaders had been very successful and that there is general agreement among all of us on what should be done HEARING ORDERED MIAMI Fla the government prosecutes Richard Pavlick 73 it will try to get a line on the mental condition of the Belmont N H man ac cuscd of plotting to blow up Presidentelect John F Kcnne dy A psychiatric hearing was ordered for Pavlick Aircraft carrier fire toll hits 47 83000 Asks funds to search for minerals DES MOINES is a possibility that a rich sup ply of minerals lies beneath a stretch of Iowa land from the southwest corner into the north central part of the state state geologist Garland Hershey said Tuesday Hershey said the land forma tions and general rock layers in the belt are similar to those in southeastern Missouri where a very large supply of iron ore was found HERSHEY SAID mining com panies are about ready to begin mining the iron ore in Missouri and that reports indicate zinc and nickel might also be found in the area He said there was an equal chance that a comparable large supply might be found in Iowa The belt he referred to stretches from Mills County and the northwest corner of Fre mont County into the eastern part of Pottawattamie County then veers northeast through Cass parts of Adair and Guth rie Counties and then sharply northeasterly through Dallas and Boone and then fanning out to include Hamilton Wright and part of Kossuth and Cerro Gor do Counties HERSHEY MADE the disclo sure during his budget presenta tion to GovElect Norman Erbe Hershey said he would like to make a magnetometer test of this area at a cost esti mated at He also said he would then make tests throughout Iowa in an effort to find minerals Erbe called Hersheys report very interesting and ques tioned the geologist regarding the feasibility of mining the ore Hershey explained it would be deep shaft mining said 10 of those who perished had not yet been identified and they apparently were being er roneously listed as missing The Navy said a search of the carriers fireblackened pas sageways was all but ended THE FIRE which raged out of control most of Monday and into the night crippled the worlds largest aircraft carrier afloat and struck a blow at Americas defense plans Naval authorities in Washing ton said they had counted on having the Constellation ready for use as an attack carrier by mid1961 Only a ship of its general size can handle ade quate numbers of theheavy jet planes the Navy uses for its striking arm Rear Adm Schuyler Pyne commandant of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in which the Con stellation was berthed esti mated that the fire set back completion of theship by about a year He estimated the dam age at million The Constellation launched Oct 8 was scheduled for com missioning sometime in March Its total cost was about million It was the second major dis aster to hit Brooklyn in three days Last Friday a United Air Lines DCS jet and a TWA Super Constellation collided in the New York area killing at least 135 persons The Navy said firmly how ever that there was nothing suspicious about the carrier blaze It started this way A small hoisting truck sheared off a plug on a 500gallon tank of jet fuel The fluid flowed down a bomb elevator and into a well in which a welder was at work THE RESULTING fire took a frightful human toll In addition to the dead at least 150 were burned or otherwise injured in the steeljacketed furnace that was the Forty three were hospitalized All the dead were part of a 4000man civilian work force A small Navy crew suffered no fatalities The fire which seemed con trollable for a short time spread to different decks as the flaming fuel poured from one compartment to another and set ablaze wooden scaffolding ply wood interior work cans of paint and other inflammable materials Workmen raced down gang ways slid down ropes and rope ladders and jumped into the East River to escape the sear ing heat and billowing poison ous smoke Some drowned in the icy water and many more died of suffocation At 3 am the fire was de clared officially out and work crews prepared for a stem to stern inspection of the crippled ship The side of the carrier was pocked with holes cut to ight the fire and to free some of the scores trapped by the smoke and flames Some were not lucky enough to have been reached in time n one group found there were L men lying on the floor hud died together with their hand cerchiefs over their mouths AI were dead Cold wave follows sixinch snowfall Snow ranging up to six inch es blanketed most of Iowa Tuesday gladdening the hearts of small boys who own sleds and traditionalists wish ing for a white Christmas The first general snowfall of the season was accompanied by a sharp drop in tempera tures and real wintry weather was promised for the entire state when winter arrives at pm Wednesday By Tuesday morning two to six inches of snow covered much of northern and eastern Iowa while the rest of the state generally had less than an inch Mason City and Spencer had six inches of snow on the ground Dubuque and Oelwein five inches Davenport and Charles City four inches Gar ner Waterloo Sibley and Ce dar Rapids three inches and FortDodge two inches The Weather Bureau said the snowfall would be con fined mainly to southern and eastern Iowa Tuesday and to extreme eastern Iowa Tues day night Sleet and freezing rain fell in advance of the snow near Ottumwa and Lamoni coating highways with ice The Weath er Bureau said highways were likely to be hazardous in parts of the state through the day Temperatures are expected to drop to 5 to 10 below zero in the north to about 5 above in the south by Wednesday The outlook is for fair skies and cold temperatures Wed nesday and Thursday North Iowa Fair through Wed nesday Colder Tuesday night lows zero to 5 below High Wednesday 1015 Iowa Clearing diminishin winds and colder Tuesday night lows zero south to 51 below north Wednesday fai and continued cold highs 10 15 Further fair and cold Thursday Minnesota Mostly clear contin ued cold Highs Wednesday 1 below north 10 above south GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 a m Tuesday Maximum 14 Minimum 0 At 8 a m 0 Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 6 snow 36 25 ASKS NEW PROGRAM UNITED NATIONS N UPI The director of th United Nations Special Fun said Tuesday the fund canno keep up with the demands fo its help Paul G Hoffman in a report to the governing council recommended a new mil lion program involving 41 proj ects and a supplementary allo cation to a previously approved project SAME JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS Mason Citys little white caps on the parking meters Yes the first real snow of the season was late in coming but owner of this car DID remember to feed a nickel to it did make it in time for Christmas The sixinch fall the silvery sentinel glowed traffic in the downtown area and even left CHEEK FUND GOAL Previously reported Seventh grade girls class First Methodist Church 450 Margaret E Raake 100 K V Hartwell Carpenter 150 In memory of Bobby Clair 500 Arlianne Beckjorden 100 Mr and Mrs HJB Woden 500 Athenian Club 250 Marshall Swift employes SOOO Lynn Ellen lOO Alfred Walter 500 The Third Monday Nighters 500 DSS 2500 Portland Lively Lassies 1000 Central Heights Christmas Carolers 1300 Mr and Mrs Delbert Tjo bring Geneva 200 KSMN Seasons Greet ings sponsors 3875 Mason City Building and Construction Trades Coun cil 2509 Mason City Chapter No 207 Order of Ahepa 500 Womens Auxiliary Local 306 NFPOC 200 Mrs E D Mauck 500 HF 100 From Mary Kay Patty and Danny 100 Mrs Clarence S a n d r y Sheffield 100 Mason City Chapter Order of De Molay 2500 Adult and the Adult Forum Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church 600 Carol Ann Fistler 100 Payne Plumbing and Heat ing 1000 In memory of George B Platts 500 A Junior College Group 1000 A friend 100 THE DAYS TOTAL 23825 TOTAL TO DATE 5201071 STILL NEEDED 98929 GIVING DATS LEFT FOTJB Spirit of Christmas catch ing on heartening stream of gifts flowed into the GlobeGazette offices Tuesday for the Christmas Cheer Fund It was evident the Christ mas spirit was catching on With a white Christmas in pros pect there was a new stir in the air a feeling that this was foe time to do something for hose less fortunate From business firms as well as from their employes the con tributions arrived They came also from organizations soci and Sunday School class es Labor union groups contin ued to show they wanted to do heir share INDIVIDUALS families and ioys and girls added their do nations to the mounting total expressing the wish and hope that Santas stocking will be full and that no one will go without the blessing of the Christmas season Again this year the KSMN Seasons Greetings sponsors ame with their generous gift o the Cheer Fund We are most appreciative to these as well as the many others who re swelling the amount raised or this great cause As usual there came1 best wishes for the success of the Jheer Fund With her contribu tion Lynn Ellen sent this note For a merry Christmas to omeone in need We sincerely hope this will ielp someone have a merry Jhristmas wrote Mr and Mrs Delbert Tjobring of Ge neva Iowa FROM MRS Sandry if Sheffield came this note I hope this little bit will 3lp It isnt much but it is a little Maybe it will help so ome other little child wont have to be without a tree or be old that there isnt any Santa ike our four little ones are go ng to have to be told this While the flow of gifts was most generous this must be emembered There are only our giving days left or eally three and a the ampaign comes to a close at oon Saturday Christmas Eve Nearly additional funds re needed to bring the total o the goal needed for he job of taking care of needy
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