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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 11, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY APRIL 11 One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor Report on a Trip to National Capital 1 long ago in connection with a traffic safety appointment I made a quick trip to Wash ington And I use the word quick advisedly It was down on Thursday and home on Sun ways by air This visit with you will be in the nature of a report on what I did and saw For once and I know this will please you Ill not be trying to convert you to any cause or sell you on any idea Its a report nothing more This was the first time in my life that I had traveled both ways wholly by air except of course for the 8mile jaunt to and from pur airport And at the risk of incurring the ill will of of my railroad friends I must report that it was a generally pleasant experience Went the Long Way Around Even though for lack of east west air service I had to go 150 miles out of my way to Minne apolis both coming and going the trip was made in approxi mately 24 hours less time than would be required by rail I left my desk at a little before 11 oclock a m and was in Wash ington at 8 p m In the past most of my flying has been on extended hops across the ocean over the Andes from Chicago to New York Ma son City to Pensacola Fla etc Mostly too it has been nonstop But this time traveling each way there were as many as half dozen sitdowns and landings This I mention by way of point Ing put that along with the loss of time in such an operation theres a measure of discomfort for the passenger There was for me It means a constantly chang ing height or losing height An Unpatented Recipe Its this of course that pro duces an uncomfortable stopped up feeling in ones ears unless one keeps constantly at the rem edial action In my own case at least this means yawning when in ascent and blowing my nose rather vigorously in descent The trouble as I understand it results from the varying pres sure on the ear causing the Eustachian tube which extends from the middle ear to the phar nyx to close up This method Ive found effective may prove helpful to you the next time you travel by air I have no patent on it At each of the airports where we sat down I was impressed by the vast strides being taken by this relatively new form of trans portation The installations in Minneapolis Milwaukee Detroit Pittsburgh Washington Chicago and elsewhere are really impres sive Aviations on the Move Interestingly enough too al most before the airports are com pleted the aviation industry is finding them too small with im mediate additions planned This is particularly true of the Billy Mitchell field in Milwaukee Chi cago of course is at the start of a vast airport expansion program But enoughof aviation and air ports Now lets talk about Wash ington In the capital city T really sat in on two meetings But both were held on the same day in the same room at the Statler hotel In fact it was difficult to tell where one left off and the other took up One was the annual meeting of the National Committee for Traffic Safety over which for 2 years I presided as chairman and the other was the planning meeting of the public support committee of the Presidents Traf fic Safety conference the chair manship of which I recently as succeeding Paul Hoffman Looking Ahead to June Both meetings concerned them selves with the third nationwide traffic safety conference called by President Truman for June 1 2 and 3 It will as have the others be held in Washington The first conference held in 1946 concerned itself with for mulating a program of highway safety that would if applied in toto cut the nations traffic slaughter to a third or even a fourth of its present dimensions The second conference held the following year was for the purpose of revising that program In items needing change and of taking inventory to see how wide ly and how well the program was being utilized Bringing It Home This year all emphasis is go ing to be placed on devising plans whereby the program of safety evolved in 1946 and perfected in 1947 can be taken to the grass roots of every community A safety program can be effective only if its applied where people live in the thou sands of home communities in our The task assigned to the public committee of which I am chairman is to get this job done Blueprints mean nothing until they get into the hands of the worker with a hammer and saw or trowel So it is with the CONTINUED ON PACK 2 Thii Paper Consists of Two One No 1ST Rep Preston Calls for Cut of 10 Per Cent in ERP Fund Washington A democrats stepped up Monday to sponsor a 10 per cent fund cut as the house pushed toward a showdown on tha new European recovery program That gave the campaign in tha house for a cut a bipartisan tint But backers of the 2nd installment on the Marshall plan insist they have the votes to block any major slash Rep Preston DGa told re porters he is going to try for a re duction of around 10 per cent or about Rep Lawrence H Smith RWis already had announced he would attempt a similar cut applied a little dif ferently And Rep Taber RNY said the program could stand a trim ming of more than 20 per something beyond There were similar efforts in the senate to cut the au thorization but they failed Even the house people who want to lower the amount say they fav or aid to western Europe for another 15 months And many of those who are against a bill ofany size concede they are going to get licked Im going to vote against it Rep Hoffman R Mich re marked But I dont think Ill make a speech Whats the use The house moved Mondays ses sion up an hour to 10 a m CST to polish off 50 minutes of debate and then start the bill through tha amending process A vote on passage was possi ble late Monday and that was the goal But many members fig ured the decision would go over at least until Tuesday AP Wirephoto CHURCH Marys Catholic church in Marion S Dak exploded just before Palm Sunday services Four elderly persons died almost instantly and 2 others died in Sioux Falls hospitals a few hours later More than 20 persons were taken to hos pitals at Sioux Falls Mitchell and Yankton 6 Killed in Palm Sunday Church Blast Marion S Dak St Marys Catholic church blew up Sunday while it was partly filled with Palm Sunday worshippers Six elderly persons were killed and at least 50 were injured when the roof and brick walls came tumbling down upon them as they knelt in their pews Many more escaped injury be cause they were standing in front of the church enjoying the sun shine before entering to attend the services About 75 persons were hi their seats Just Before Mass It was just before the 9 a m mass was to begin Father Joseph Zimmerman pas tor for the parish of Marion and Monroe waited in the sacristy to enter the altar banked with palm leaves Some of the parishioners com plained it was cold in the church Phil Wachendorf a car dealer who had helped arrange to get the church a bottle funnel furnace a ago volunteered to go o the basement and turn it on The janitor had gone outside to ring the bell Wachendorf speaking from his lospital bed in Sioux Falls said he threw the furnaces switch and everything blew up The whole building shook and then bricks and timbers showered down upon the congregation Wachendorf badly hurt and his hands burned managed to crawl put of the basement through a hole in the wreckage Caved In Roof The force of the blast caved in the roof and blew out the walls There was a small fire but it was extinguished quickly The sound of the explosion plus the screams of injured and trapped persons attracted the attention of nearly every person in this farm town of 775 people They rushed to the crumbled church and began to dig in the rubble The only part of the building that remained standing was some of the wall around the altar and the choir space Father Zimmerman had been trapped by debris falling into the sacristy Helped out he escaped with a broken rib and cuts Then he assisted rescue operations END SEARCH FOR GIRL Davenport ff A u t h o rities have abandoned efforts to recover the body of Roberta Keenan 6 who is believed to have fallen into the Mississippi river Friday eve ning Extensive riverdragging ef forts were unavailing The girl is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Acel Keenan Jr of Pleasant Valley Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Sunny and warmer Tuesday Clear and cool Monday nightwith low near 32 High Tuesday 68 to 70 Iowa Fair Monday night and Tuesday Cooler south portion Monday night vWarmer Tues day Low Monday night 28 to 34 Minnesota Fair and warmer Mon day night Tuesday increasing cloudiness Continued mild IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Monday t Maximum 60 Minimum 28 At 8 a m Monday 44 YEAR AGO Maximum 62 Minimum 34 GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Sunday Maximum 59 Minimum 32 At 8 a m Sunday 37 Precipitation none YEAR AGO Maximum 53 Minimum 34 Board Recommends Against Addition of Extra Engineer Washington presidential emergeney board Monday recom mended against granting union demands for an additional engi neer on multipleunit Diesel loco motives The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers has made a demand on most western railroads for the ad ditional engineer It threatened a strike if the demand was not granted The board finding is not binding on the union or railroads The un ion has 30 days in which to accept or reject the recommendation CHAMP DUCK CALLER Des Moines Her beck of Cedar Rapids regained his state duck calling championship in a contest here Sunday Doyle Adams 15 of Burlington was 2nd Iowa Airline Hopes to Fly by Summer Des Moines or 3 sug gested plans for operation of pro posed airline routes in the mid west including OmahaMinneapo lis by way of Mason City have been submitted to the civil aero nautics board by the Iowa Air plane company We hope to get under way by this summer F C Anderson company president said Monday Things look favorable to start operations The CAB earlier ordered the company to begin feeder line op erations by July 1 The company has proposed routes in Iowa Ne braska South Dakota and Minne sota Anderson said the company still has airport problems with 7or 8 of the towns on the pror posed routes without airports suitable for air carrier service He said this complicated the problem of serving all of the towns on the proposed routes He did not name the towns without airports nor did he disclose the proposals submitted to the CAB Anderson said the company should have definite word one way or other on future operations within 30 days In 1947 the company was grant ed CAB permission to operate sev eral feeder lines including one be tween Omaha and Minneapolis by way of Atlantic Creston Des Moines Boone Ames Fort Dodge and Mason City in Iowa and Al bert Lea Austin Rochester Owa tonna and Faribault in Minne sota Hoover Raps Waste in Arms Costs Says Military Spending Threat to Nations Economy Washington Pres ident Herbert Hoover declared Monday that waste in military spending is startling and de fense expenditures are seriously imperiling the nations economy Mr Hoover told the senate armed services committee that congress allocates billions of dol lars without accurate knowledge as to why the money is needed and what it is being used for He urged reorganization of the military establishment along the lines recommended by his govern ment streamlining commission Major emphasis he said must be aimed at eliminating staggering waste Mr Hoovers statement was made even as Chairman Tom Con nally of the senate foreign rela tions committee said that the cost of rearming Europe must be kept as small as possible Mr Hoover appeared before the committee amidst growing de mands in congress that military spending at home be trimmed to balance cost of the forthcoming armsforEurope program The former president told the committee that estimates of sav ings possible ran to annually and he said by savings I mean the same ends for less ex penditures He did not refer directly to the arms program but made clear he was referring to government spending as a whole and not just to the funds granted to the mili tary departments Seek 3 From Prison Farm Clive Law enforcement authorities are looking for 3 men who have escaped from the state prison farm near here Supt J R Wavel said the 3 men walked away from the farm bunk house Saturday night They were missed about 11 pm he said Wavel identified the trio as Ray mond Green 31 of Greenfield Louis Bacon 28 of Brooklyn and Earl Minter 35 is in Texas Minter had served almost a full 10 years on a larceny charge and Bacon almost 7 years on a charge of obtaining money by false pre tenses Wavel said Both had only a few more months to serve Green was serving a 5year sentence on a larceny count House Group ApprovesCut of Half Billion in VAs Funds By WILLIAM F ARBOGAST Washington A half billion dollar cut in veterans administra tion funds highlighted a 886231 multiagency money bill approved Monday by the house appropriations committee The bill carries funds for the fiscal year beginning July 1 for 28 socalled independent agencies including for the veterans administration and 090120397 for the atomic energy commission Every agency in the bill shared in the overall reduction of 680599 from the presidential bud get requests for but the veterans administration took the deepest slash The bills total includes 571603 in cash and in contract authorizations for which future appropriations may be required The president had asked for in cash and in contract au thority Not only did the committee up set the presidents budget on the money items but it refused to fol low his budget bureaus recom mendation for cancellation o in previously author ized veterans hospital construc tion It even cut the budget bu reaus own budget Substantial cuts were recom mended for these veterans admin istrations Administrative expenses from to pen sions from to 998801000 readjustment bene fits under the GI bill from 441670000 to But even with the overall 750060 reduction the total VA fund would be more than congress gave the agency this year However the committee said the VA will have about 000 less to spend next year than it had this year because some o the new funds will be used during the remaining months of this fis cal year athy Found Dead After 2Day Search Pressmen in 2nd Walkout Washington and stereotypers on the capitals 4 daily newspapers struck Monday The strike was called at 7 a m CST But pickets from both the pressmen and stereotypers unions appeared outside the newspapers offices before the deadline The newspapers have a combined cir culation of 780000 The strike was called over a contract dispute The unions want more money than offered by the publishers and fewer working hours The newspapers affected are the Washington Post the TimesHer ald the News and the Star The Post is a morning newspaper the TimesHerald publishes around the clock Inside the TimesHerald the News and the Star other newspa per employes went about their tasks of collecting and writing copy which was not destined to see print Federal mediators met through out the early morning hours with representatives of the publishers and the unions but failed to re solve the dispute 7 Cars Derailed Near Marble Rock Marble Rock coal cars and one box car of a southbound Rock Island freight train were derailed here at p m Sun day as they were going onto a siding The derailment occurred a1 nearly the same spot where a Rocket passenger train plowed into a freight Jan 23 injuring more than 50 people The 7 cars of the freight none of which overturned jumped the track at the switch and tore up 200 yards of track A broken wheel bearing was reported to be the cause of the derailment No one was injured Asleep atWheel and Dies in Crash Spencer Hood 23 died in Spencer Municipal hospital Saturday night of injuries suf fered earlier in the day when his auto crashed into a bridge One leg had to be amputated The ac cident occurred early in the morn ing on highway 18 4 miles west of Ruthven The haghway patrol said Hood apparently fell asleep A passing motorist found him AP Wirephoto THE WORLD LEARNS KATHY IS Paul Hanson makes the fateful announcement Sunday night that little Kathy Fiscus had died of drowning in the aban doned well into which she fell 52 hours earlier His words ended the suspense that had gripped all corners of the world AP Wirephoto BULLDOZER WRITES FINIS TO bull dozer topples the iron pipe in which Kathy Fiscus died into the large pit excavated besideit Sunday night to bring down the curtain on the gripping tragedy that saddened a world Iowa House Kills 2 Bills on Unemployment Compensation DAMAGED BY FIRE Waterloo damaged the sides of 2 houses here Sunday causing damage estimated by the department at Des Moines Labor lost another close decision in the house Monday as the legislature stepped up its efforts toward early adjournment of the 1949 session The big adjournment push came in the senate which dumped its calendar and turned over all bills except 6 legalizing acts to the sifting committee for decision on which measures will see action and in what order By a 52 to 50 vote the house killed a bill to eliminate a pro vision of the presented law inter preted by the state supreme court as wiping out all unemployment compensation credits a worker has built upfor the year if he volun tarily quits his job On the motion of Rep George E OMalley D Des Moines one of the measures sponsors the house then tabled a companion bill that would have provided that a work er voluntarily quitting his job would be disqualified for unem ployment payments for a maxi mum of 6 weeks At present such a worker can again qualify for benefits only if he takes another job and is fired for no reason of his own making The senate defeated 33 to 12 a move fay Senator E K Bekman ROttumwa to keep the world government resolution out of the hands of the sifting committee and the resolution was not among the first group of measures which that committee brought back for action after receiving the calendar The sifting committee reported back 11 bills including one au thorizing rent decontrol in line with the new act passed by con gress and 7 comparatively minor highway bills The house took final legislative action on a bill appropriating 000000 a year in general school aid by concurring in senate amendments The major amend ment requires that all of the in crease over the current annual ap propriation of be used for property tax relief Life insurance owned in the United States at the end of 1947 totalled Nazi Envoy to Vatican Hears Guilty Verdict Nuernberg Germany UR Baron Ernst Von Weizaecker war time nazi ambassador to the Vati can was convicted by an Ameri can war crimes court Monday having helped plan aggressive war against Czechoslovakia It was the first conviction o this charge against a member o Adolf Hitlers ruling hierarch since Hermann Goering and other top nazis were sentenced in 1946 to hang The whitehaired 66yearold baron was the first in the las group of 21 nazi diplomats cabi net ministers bankers and other advisers tried here for war crimes to hear the courts verdict Al convicted will be sentenced Thurs or Friday after the court fin ishes reading its 800page verdict The charges carry a possible death penalty Others waiting to learn thei fate included Hans Lammers chief of Hitlers reichschancellerj and one of the most important naz cabinet ministers from 1937 t 1945 Ernst Wilhelm Bohle chie of the nazi partys foreign organi zation with power over all Ger mans living abroad and Wilhelm Keppler another state secretary the foreign office and Hitler chief economic adviser in SAME hi M Drowning Is Given as Death Cause Infant Is Located Lying in Water 100 Feet Down in Pipe San Marino Cal world is a little sadder Monday Little Kathy Fiscus was brought up dead from her well tomb after 52 hours All mothers and fathers shared in some measure the grief that overcame David and Alice Fiscus when the body of their tow headed 3yearold was found ly ing in water wedged about 100 feet down in the 14inch pipe The announcement of death by drowning at CST Mon day night brought to a tragic end the tireless digging of weary res cuers and the anxious waiting of sympathizers everywhere Since sunny little Kathy run ning at play stumbled into the weedcovered well opening last Friday afternoon accounts of the attempt to reach her had stirred the nation and the rest of the world as few stories have in years Even though nothing had been heard from the child since about an hour after she plunged into the abandoned old casing hope and prayer filled most human hearts How else account for a crowd of more than 15000 which watched final rescue efforts Dead Since Friday Dr Robert McCulloch family physician said Kathy had been dead since last heard from Fri day afternoon Then her terri fied screams drifted faintly up to her mother efforts to have her grab a rope failed and silent There was still water in the old well after 45 years The body was finally found on a warm Palm Sunday as O A Kelly cut through the tough old casing from the bottom of a res cue shaft sunk parallel to the well He called up for a doctor to come down the 100foot shaft and see what he thought Dr McCullock said Kathy had not lived long after her last screams There was sadness in the sweat anddirt streaked faces of the 50 or more volunteer workers as Bill Yancey one of the heroic diggers came up the cable with the body wrapped in a gray blanket A black hearse was waiting It spelled finis to the 2day and 2night vigil for the dis traught parents who had received hundreds of telegrams from well wishers many offering suggestions how to rescue the child The Fis cuses appeared to take the result beautifully said a physician but their grief was deep inside Thank Workers There is nothing we can say but merely thank all the peopla who have been helpful said tha mother and father Fiscus is San Marino branch manager for tha company which sank the well Only last week he had urged enactment of a state law to cap up all old wells Rescue workers knew they were in for trouble when a water table was struck at about the 40th hour of operations However hopes were kept up in the belief that the child was trapped above the water level Besides they reas oned the well had been aban doned as dry But when the rescue team of Kelley and H JK Whitey Blick ensderfer dug through mud and water and cut into the pipe they found Kathy lay below not above the cut Goes to Hospital Kenney said he and Blickens derfer broke between 8 and 10 cutting wheels on their electric drills before breaking through the tough old casing Blickensderfer went to a hospital after the job of freeing the body was finished To the crowd pressed 30 deep against fences and police ropes bordering the field carne finally an announcement over the public address system In level tones Dr Paul Hanson friend of the family said Katby is dead and has appar ently been dead since she was last heard speaking on Friday The parents had received the news at home And soon the crowd numbering hundreds of other parents began breaking up silently Early Monday the final chapter was written Bulldozers working full tilt filling up the res cue pits And so there would be no repetitions for other Kathjrs and their moms and A giant bulldozer dug in and bent the top of the old well cas ing over double andsealed it tight ;