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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 13, 1961, Mason City, Iowa North Daily Newspaper Edited for HM Homt MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE The newspaper that makesall North lowans neighbors VOL 100 Associated United Preii IntenuHontJ Full MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY OCTOBER 13 1961 We a Paper Consists of Two 4 Iowas civil defense chief Fowler resigns Conkers craze in Britain Battle of chestnuts By RICHARD C WALD New York Herald Tribune News Service something of anj Indian Summer here before the rain and fog settle in the school boys of Great Britain and some of their elders turn to conkers Trap a small boy on any street these days and the chances are that he has a nineer in his pocket or maybe even better A conker seen from the out siders point of view is simply a horse chestnut with a small hole drilled through it so that it can be held on a string about two feet long Seen from a boys point of view it can be a hero a flail of epic outlined what he saia were some Move accepted by governing body DBS MOINES UP C E Ben Fowler 67 Fri day submitted his resignation as Iowa Civil Defense di rector The resignation was immediately accepted by the ninemember Iowa Civil Defense Administration Nicholas of Cedar Rapids was the only member of the group who registered a voice vote against acceptance of I the resignation j Arley J Wilson Marshalltown attorney made the motion to accept the resignation It was seconded by Mrs Rosa Cun ningham of Des Moines Other members of the administration are Frank P Williams of Cedar Falls chairman Ivan H Goddard of Museatine Dar rell M Hanna of Sioux C E BEN FOWLER Fowler tells about his programs DES MOINES In his state ment of resignation Iowa Civil Defense director Ben Fowler proportions You see said a rather dirty small boy named Matthew who lives with an American family what you have to do is hold out your conker while theother fel low takes a swing at it with his of the accomplishments of his administration during the last few years He said his office has filled re quests for 140000 pamphlets and it may interest the governor to Then you get a bash with that Iowa is first in the The idea is to smash the other fellows conker A conker that has smashed five others is a fivei er nine others is a nineer And this is conker season because the local horse chestnuts aesculus hippicastanum to be exact are sixth region in the number of 200bed emergency hospitals The region is comprised of Wyoming Colorado the Dako tas Nebraska Missouri and Iowa He said Iowa also is first in falling from the trees in bushels jamateur radio civil emergency Because a conker takes on the programs and that the state also score of the conker it has way primitive war riors are said to believe they take on the courage of enemies they have old chestnuts run up into hundreders and even reputedly thousanders Grown men from Eton or the East End will recall nostagically feats of conkers that were different from but not less valuable than Excal ibur Morris McWhirter the editor of the Guinness Book of Facts reports that more knowledgeable sprouts with access to the proper equipment have been using hypo dermic needles to inject their conkers with a new fastdrying liquid cementthat tends to ensure constant victory This is not playing the game he said In a dinner break during war exercises Sgt Henry Stuart got bonked by a conker He and a group of friends for a lark picked up some local horse chestnuts and began a game The is first among the states in the region in the training of people in the use of radiological instru ments Fowler said another step for ward has been the establish ment of fulltime citycounty civil defense directors In the past year he added these communities and counties have employed the services of z fulltime director or deputy director D a v enport Bettendorf and Scott County Dubuque Water loo Cedar Falls and Black Hawk County Cedar Rapids and Linn County Des Moines and Polk County Mason City and Cerro Gordo County and Sioux City CLASS CONSCIOUS SOUTHAMPTON England W Nine headwaiters on the liner Queen Elizabeth quit their jobs Thursday because they couldnt Carl H Hensley of Exira Charles J Read of Davenport Dr Cameron C Shierk of Algona The resignation is effective no later than March 1 Fowler who has been state di rector since 1953 said he re signing in the interest of promot ing better relations He added Survival is more important than any individual faction or group Fowler who has been making a year announced his resig nation before a meeting with the ninemember Icftva Civil Defense Administration The letter of resignation was ad dressed to Frank P Williams of Cedar Falls chairman of the ad ministration Fowler set the March 1 resigna tion date permit the adminis tration such time as they may desire to obtain a successor and to permit me such time as may be necessary to become relieved of accountable property and items of similar nature Fowler had come under consid erable criticism in recent weeks for his alleged failure to carry out a workable civil defense plan Last month Gov Norman Er be demanded that Fowler be fired The governor said that Iowas civ il defense program has lagged and that the state was on the bottom of the 50 states in civil defense preparedness In reply to this criticism Fowl er said Friday the people of Iowa are entitled to know that their state department of civil de fense is not on the bottom of the list He said his office has been tiamstrung because of a lack of funds He said the governor had reduced his budget request from to a year and that the 1961 legislature cut it to 100 sergeant a hefty lad and six feetjstand the lower classes They tall had a nineer going when hejbalked when told that under a took a swipe at another conker I rotation system one of their smashed it and got pieces of itjnumber would have to work the in his eye From the hospital bedjrestaurant in cabin class and he said I bet Im the only Armyjanolher in tourist class on each Sergeant to be felled by a erT Actually the proper age for conkers is from about seven to 13 Nobody knows how old the game is though j The first horse chestnut trees1 were planted here in 1550 The poet Robert Southey who wasj born in 1774 is one of the first to mention playing the game so it probably began about the third quarter of the 18th century Where the name comes from is a mystery too One theory is that in the very old days schoolboys used to play a game of leaning against eaclv other pressing snail shells toj gether and the whole process took the name conker from the old French conche meaning shell A small boy named Allen when asked this question said Dont be silly You conk with them If Erbe is truly interested in civil defense why did he cut our On the inside Editorials Page 4 CubGazette 5 Clear Lake News 6 Society News 67 Comics 11 Sports 1213 Mason City News 1415 Latest Markets 15 Transit Schedule 16 North Iowa News 18 ANTISTAMP CRUSADE The war is on between Columbus Ohio service station operators giving premium stamps and those opposing the stamps Antistamp forces swarmed this trading stamp sta tion seeking small amounts of gasoline and complete service and paying for it with large bills However Photofax the antistamp campaign conducted by members of the Greater Columbus Gasoline Dealers may meet opposition from housewives who have threatened to swarm without their cars into service stations not giving stamps in an effort to force them to do so Bid for reduction rejected Mitchell Co budget upheld DES MOINES The Iowa Appeal Board Friday upheld the 1962 budget as proposed by the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors A group of Mitchell County taxpayers had appealed the bud get to the state board asking that the budget be reduced by The appeal was heard by the boardOct 3 in Osage The appeal board said how ever in rejecting the appeal that the proposed budget is justified and within the legal limits The tax cut asked by the appealing group would have represented nearly 47 per cent of the entire 1962tax levy for four county funds Those funds were the general fund the poor fund the soldiers relief fund and the mental health taid The group asked be cut from the proposed tax levy of the general fund 000 from the proposed levy of the poor fund from the mental health fund levy and from the soldiers relief fund levy In appealing the budget the group said the county super visors have built up surpluses far in excess of what are reasonably needed Keith Mc Kinley attorney for the appeal group pointed out for instance that by Jan 1 1962 the super visors will have a balance of about in the general fund This is more than half of the the ward has said it expects to spend during 1962 In replying to the appeal the board of supervisors had main tained that it is impossible for them or anyone else to foresee what demands will be made on these balances 18 months in advance The board pointed out that adequate balances must be maintained to meet any un foreseen expenses and emergen cies which may be incurred Antitrust indictment against GM LOS ANGELES federal grand jury has returned antitrust indictments against General Mo tors Corp four Chevrolet sales executives and three Southern California dealer associations The jury charged the defen dants with conspiring to stop in dividual dealers in Southern Cali fornia from selling through dis count houses GM Board Chairman Frederick Donner denied the accusation He said GM frowned on the discount appropriation by nearly 30 per cent Fowler asked r it The civil defense director saiddealersu lack serlice faclllties if Iowa is at the bottom of customer conveniences as claimed by Erbe then dld notmng to discourage The Good Lord Yes he did hove pal FORT WORTH Texf UPI The automobile smashed into a bridge abutment The motor was driven back into the front seat When Bobby Marsh 22 the driver came to at the hospital Thursday night policeman R W Stone asked him Was anybody with you Yes Marsh answered But before he could say any more a doctor about to sew up cuts on his face silenced him Stone rushed back to his squad car and grabbed the radio Tell them to look for another victim at the scene he told dispatcher Ken Reynolds This guy had someone with him A short while later when doctors finished the repair work Stone asked Marsh What was the fellas name Lord Is that his first or last name Man it was the Good Lord If he hadnt been riding next to me Id been killed out there WARM list the blame should not be placed on the members of the Civil De fense Administration but rather on the governor and the General Assembly The fact is Iowa is not on the bottom of the list SAME Sufet Department Kicnrcm Plat Meant Utalk ta Ji the discounters The indictment prepared by thej Justice Departments antitrust di1 vision said shoppers were hired j by the defendants to determine which dealers were selling cars through discount houses The shoppers would buy cars and the defendants would induce or per N ews in a nutshell FROM OUR WIRE SERVICES Another Red rocket fired MOSCOW The Soviet Union announced it had fired another giant new multistage rocket some 7 aiiuujcr o wouiu iuuuue ui pei suade dealers to buy the oars 500 miles into the Pacific in a test Photofax A CROWN GAINED AND ALMOST Cray Cqoke was crowned Miss Flame of Dallas Tex forobvious reasons But for not so obvious reasons the crown toppled to the side just after it was placed on her pretty head A stylish bun in her hairdo caused the royal reel The 16yearold high school junior will compete for theDallas County title back Retail sales of Chevrolets through all sources totaled million last year in Southern Cali fornia the jury said It said dis count house car sales in this area Bulletin THE HAGUE UPI The Dutch government Friday de clared Soviet Ambassador P K Ponomarenko persona n o n grata and the Soviet Union announced his recall The diplo matic tiff developed in the wake of a scuffle at the Amsterdam Airport Monday between Pono marenko and other Soviet of ficials with Dutch police RADIO SEIZED ALGIERS UP Frerfch offi cials say they have seized the clandestine radio transmitter operated by underground forces battling the Algerian policy of President Charles DC Gaulle only 50 yards from he air forces Algiers headquarters out with great accuracy Truman visits Rayburn DALLAS Tex Former President Harry Tru man an old friend has visited cancerstricken House CUUIIL uuuac utu amca m uian an uii JA have grown from a trickle in 1953 Speaker Sam Rayburn Rayburn is almost recovered to a retail total of about 5 milj from a sudden pneumonia attack but his cancer is in lion curable Accardo to go on trial crime syndicate boss Tony Accardo two lieutenants and the estate of a third will be defendants in a federal suit for million in income taxes next week The Internal Revenue Serv ice will open the suit for a share of alleged profits from the ErieBuffalo policy racket wheel Ratification needed DETROIT The Ford Motor Co and the United Auto Workers union have a new threeyear contract approved by the unions Ford council and the inter national executive board but still to be ratified by the 85 bargaining units Test pleases exdiplomat WASHINGTON Former diplomat Irvin C Scarbeck said he took an FBIlie detector test and it indicated that he had not passed U S codes and cod ing devices to PolishRed agents Scarbeck accused of passing other secret documents to shield his 22 yearold Polish mistress said he was so pleased with the test results that I wanted to kiss the poly graph machine Fiveday Iowa Temperatures will average 3 to 5 degrees above normal east and 5 to 8 degrees above normal west Saturday through next Wed nesday Normal highs are from the lower 60s north to middle 60s south Normal lows are from the upper 30s north to lower 40s south It will be cooler at the beginning of period warmer Sunday and Monday with little change thereafter Little or no pre cipitation is expected during the period North Iowa Mostly fair through Saturday Cooler Fri day night lows 39 to 44 Highs Saturday upper 60s Iowa Fair through Saturday Cooler Friday night lows 30s northwest to 40s southeast Warmer Saturday highs in 70s Further outlook fair and warmer Sunday Minnesota Partly cloudy warmer Highs Saturday in 60s Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 am Friday Am not a Commie says Hoffa WASHINGTON UPI Team ster President James R Hoffa Friday disclaimed any association with Communists But he de fended Teamster alliances with unions described as Communist dominated by Senate investigators Hoffa made the statement in testimony before the Senate In ternal Security subcommittee He was questioned about his union agreement with the West Coast Longshoremens union headed by Harry Bridges and the Interna tional Union of Mine Mill and Smelter Workers Hoffa declared that he did not enow either union to be domin ated by Communists Both are recognized as bargaining agents by government agencies he said Hoffa said he wanted to tell the American people that Hoffa is not a Communist is not an associate of Communists does not intend to be a Communist He added that he does not like stories circulated in the news papers which link him with Communist enterprises The hearing matched Hoffa with and old adversary Sen John L McClellan DArk chairman of the nowdefunct Senate Rackets committee which made Hoffa and the Teamsters a prime investigat ing target Their squabble was renewed when Hoffa after stating that he met with Bridges and reached Jan oral noraiding agreement said he would meet with anyone if conditions required whether it is Harry Bridges or Sen Mc Clellan to make a comparison Maximum Minimum At 8 am Precipitation Sunrise Sunset 79 47 47 52 Russ pushing own secretariat plan UNITED NATIONS UPI The Soviet Union Friday urged quick appointment of an acting secretary general charging that the United Nations now is being run under a seizure of powers Soviet Ambassador Valerian A Zorin said Russia was will ing to agree to the naming of four six or seven deputies to assist an acting secretary gen eral But he rejected procedure backed by the United States for selecting an interim chief He said Rusisa would accept Western demands for an as sistant secretary general from Western Europe only if agree ment were reached for a simi lar appointment from Eastern Europe Satellite aloft for ball game Vandenberg Air Force Calif The 32nd Discoverer satellite rocket shot into the sky Friday for another game of space ball In the nose of theThorAgena rocket was the a 300 pound goldplated capsule about the size and shape of a kettle drum If the satellite goes into orbit sometime within the next four days the capsule will be tossed out over Alaska aimed at a rt covery area near Hawaii There planes equipped with sky hooks will try to snag the capsules parachute If thty fail or the capsule faila outsidt the Pacific Ocean ballpark sur face vessels will try to rttritva it NEHRU PLANS VISIT NEW DELHI India UPI Indian Prime Minister Nehru will make a nineday visit to the United Stales beginning Nov 5 it was announced Friday V f
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