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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 13, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THE HOME United Prea Full Wires MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY APRIL 13 1949 Elwin Musser camped on aing top n ff vi nr phases0of the moons ecliPse described by scien f one of its kind in 100 years Starting from the left 1 At p m the entire moon is seen just before the start of the eclipse 2 At the shadow starts moving across the bottom 3 At the moon is more than half obscured 4 It 9 35 a total eclipse is recorded 5 At the return to light starts 6 At its nearly halt way back 7 At its nearly 100 per cent returned y THE LATEST IN big on free air time took place Tuesday night when the moon made astronomical history with a full eclipse the first since 1945 Shown televising the event which started at p m Tuesday CST and ended at a m Wednes day are sitting Mrs Edwin Estergard Mr Estergard and Mrs Eldon Finer standing Janet Jorgenrud Eldon Finer Janet Hugins and Jackie Fisher all of Clear Lake Eclipse of Moon Provides Sky Show for Half of World Last Ward Executive in Resignation Chicago last remain ing vicepresident of Montgom ery Ward and company walked out Wednesday leaving the com pany with a skeletonized top man agement WilJard Sahloff vicepresident and merchandising manager left his resignation in the office of Sewell Avery chairman shortly before noon The resignation said Sahloff left the company with a great deal of reluctance This latest resignation was something of a surprise Sahloff had been appointed vicepresident only last June although he had been with the company since 1940 He was named to fill a vacancy created by another resigning vice president last summer Sahloff said in a telephone in terview that the constant tur moil at the company makes it im possible to work there SOVIET SHIFT London UR P A Zakharov has been named soviet minister of geology to replace I I Maly shev Radio Moscow said Wednes day No reason for the shift was given Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy and cooler Wednesday night and Thursday with occasional rain Wednesday night Low Wednesday night 38 High Thursday 55 Iowa Mostly cloudy and cooler Wednesday night and Thursday with occasional rain southwest and extreme west portions late Wednesday night or Thursday Low Wednesday night 3844 Minnesota Partly cloudy north and cloudy south portion Wed nesday night with rain extreme portion Cooler partly cloudy Thursday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Wednesday Maximum 76 Minimum 37 At 8 a m Wednesday 54 Precipitation none 50 25 New York moon made astronomical history Tuesday night It an hour Scientists said the black eclipse was the first one like it in more than 100 years The event also chalked up another 20thcen tury advent of drawingroom skygazing The solar spectacle was piped into thousands of homes via tele vision It appeared on screens in bars and taverns too and touched off gripes of those who preferred their customary boxing and wres tling programs It aint proper said one Times Square bar patron If anybody wants to see the moon he ought to go outdoors Thats what many did Authorities at Hayden plan etarium said that as viewed in New Ybrk the moon was com pletely blacked out whereas in a normal full eclipse it shines with a dull red glow The last time a black eclipse took place was in 1844 the plan etarium said There have been sev eral full eclipses of the moon since then the last one in 1945 but none of them black In a normal eclipse the earth is squarely between the moon and the sun But while the moon is in a shadow it retains a dull glow from the sun rays that bounce from the earths atmosphere the planetarium said In a black eclipse the plan etarium added an unusual cloud blanket surrounding part of the earths surface prevents the re fracted rays from reaching the moon thus obliterating it from view Asks Congress for Columbia Valley Unit Washington President Truman Wednesday asked con gress to merge federal develop ment of the Pacific northwests Columbia river into a mighty Columbia Valley administration He proposed that the new agency control the building and operation of facilities on the Co lumbia river for purposes of con servation water use and the gen eration and transmission of power These programs now are car ried on separately by the reclam ation bureau and the Bonneville power administration both in the interior department and by the army engineers In a message to congress Mr Truman said the consolidation will provide not only for a bal anced program of constructing dams irrigation works power transmission lines and other fa cilities but also for a workable operating plan for using these fa cilities simultaneously for flood control navigation power gener ation and transmission fish pro tection and other purposes The president called common sense to consolidate the system of structures on the Co lumbia under a single agency He said this agency should have its headquarters in the Pacific north west The major river structures in volved include the mammoth Bonneville and Grand Coulee dams Symington Goes Before Senate Body Says Defense Unit at Present Time Inadequate Costly Washington air force joined the army today in publicly blasting the existing national de fense setup as inadequate and ex pensive Secretary of Air Symington ap pering at a closeddoor session of the senate armed services com mittee Thursday declared the present unification law has not worked satisfactorily Chairman Tydings DMd made the testi mony public Wednesday We have tried out this half measure organization and there is unanimous agreement that it is in adequate Symington said He added that former Secretary of Defense Forrestal has con stantly been a referee of 3 brawls as he tried to operate his job Like Secretary of the Army Royall who said much the same thing in an open session of the committee Tuesday Symington said the defense chief never will be able to ride herd on the quarreling army navy and air force unless he is given much greater power Such authority he said could save billions annually That could be accomplished Symington added by operating the defense department from a fresh start as against trying to haul together 3 independent units each with its own training pro curement and the like When such a merger of func tions was adopted in the San Francisco defense region he said it ended a triplication in ware housing in transportation and so forth Just as Royall did Symington urged dropping the civilian heads of the army navy and air force from their present ranks to the position of undersecretaries Both officials went considerably beyond the measure intended to tighten up the unification of the 3 services which is now before the senate committee The bill would make the chair manship of the joint chiefs of staff now held temporarily by Gen Dwight D Eisenhower a per manent job The chairman would be top military adviser to the president and to the secretary of defense This Paper Consists of Two One No Israeli Bid to Join UN Sidetracked New York United Na tions assembly voted Wednesday to sidetrack Israels bid for U N membership into its 58nation po litical committee The upset vote was 31 to 18 for sending the issue to the commit tee for further debate at Lake Success instead of taking quick action in a plenary meeting of the assembly here Seven nations ab stained The assemblys action followed a move led by the Arab countries to reverse last weeks recommen dation of the assemblys 14nation steering committee This body had proposed final action without fur ther preliminaries Wednesdays decision is expect ed to delay a final vote on the Israeli application possibly for several weeks AGO Maximum Minimum Court Continues Aspenson Trial at Forest City Forest T A Beard more ordered the case against Cecil Aspenson night marshal for assault with intent to commit murder continued until early next week The case was to have been heard Tuesday afternoon Aspenson is charged with an assault on Ruthford Monson in a tavern here on the night of March 30 He is still in jail unable to furnish bond Monson who was shot twice has been released from the hospital Missinr No Bets Fort Worth Texas cafe burglar after taking cash and oth er loot stopped long enough to pry off the wall a bill tacked there on a bet American Is Arrested by Czech Police Prague American wo man has been arrested by Czech police for possible political ac tivities and 3 other U S citi zens have been expelled from the country on unspecified charges embassy officials revealed Wed nesday Miss Vlasta Adele Vraz of Ber wyn III head of American relief for Czechoslovakia was arrested in her office here at 1 p m last Saturday officials said An em bassy representative who visited her in jail Tuesday was told she was held for investigation of al leged political activities Officials identified the 3 ousted Americans as the Rev Danile Feryance a Baptist minister whose home address was unkown his wife and the Rev J J Pavelda of Phoenix Ariz also a Baptist pastor The Feryances left March 15 in formants said after being given 60 days to get out of Czechoslo vakia under laws authorizing the expulsion of foreigners who create economic instability or public dis order or endanger national secur ity Win Awards on Traffic Safety Chicago and Washington D C Wednesday were named grand award winners in the National Safety councils 1948 national traffic safety con test Five other states and 18 other cities won divisional honors in the annual nationwide competi tion in which all 48 states and 578 cities participated The winning state and city were selected for doing in the opinion of the judges the most that could be done practicably for traffic safety The state winners included Midwestern Division Minne sota first North Dakota 2nd The city winners included Mass first Burlington Iowa 2nd Plainfield N J 3rd Ind and Stillwater Okla tied for first Klamath Falls Ore 2nd Albert Lea Minn 3rd On the board of 7 judges headed by Thomas H MacDonald federal public roads commissioner was W Earl Hall of Mason City chair man of the public support section of the presidents highway traffic safety conference The judging was done Tuesday in the offices of the National Safety council here House Okays Funds for Education Units 3 Powers to Leave Plants for Germans Washington UR The big 3 powers Wednesday agreed to keep in Germany as an aid to European recovery all or part of the equip ment of 159 plants which had been scheduled for removal as war reparations The factories include 38 steel plants 88 metal working plants 32 chemical plants and 7 nonfer rous metal industry plants The amount of equipment previously scheduled to be removed ranged from a single piece of equipment to the entire equipment of an af fected factory The state department in an nouncing the agreement said that the action is designed to bring the reparations dismantling program into harmony with the European recovery program The agreement was reached among the United States Britain and France The revision of tho reparations plant list the state department said was made at the suggestion of the U S govern ment Hoover Says Royall Was Misinformed New York Hoov er said Wednesday Army Secre tary Kenneth C Royall was mis informed as to the facts in his criticism of the Hoover commis sions charges of waste in the armed services Royall told the senate armed services committee Tuesday that the former presidents charges of staggering waste and budget confusion in the army were to tally incorrect Hoover began the exchange at his appearance before the same committee the day before He in dicated a belief that as much as a year was being wasted in fruitless military ex penditures and cited specific ex amples gleaned from the reports of the commission on organiza tion of the executive branch of the government which he headed The figures in that report on the preliminary military budget for 1950 were taken from origin al sources Hoover said They were affirmed by officers in charge They were then re checked by independent govern ment authorities Ackley Infant Dies Rites at Iowa Falls Iowa services for James Albert Chase Jr 11 month old son of James Albert and Fran ces Gibbs Chase who died in a Mason City hospital Monday eve ning will be at the Wood funeral chapel in Iowa Falls at 1 p m Thursday The Rev Harold Dor ranee pastor of the Church of the Open Bible will officiate He was born at Marble Rock June 4 1948 Besides his parents he is survived by 6 sisters Shirley Mary Sharon Karen Virginia Patricia Burial will be made In Union cemetery Iowa Falls The family moved recently from Iowa Falls to Ackley CAREER CUT SHORT Transcontinental Hubby Is Held for Embezzling Memphis Tenn flying romeo who commuted across the country weekly to visit his 2 wives and spent time in between enter taining local basketball teams was charged Wednesday with em bezzling almost of his companys money to pay the bills Police arrested David Prager 29yearold coal company cashier after a call from one of his wives The husky curlyhaired native of New York City signed a confes sion detailing his amazing activi ties But he scaled down the amount of money he admitted tak ing to Detectives arrested the month cashier Monday as he step ped off a California plane after a visit to the 2nd of his 2 wives Police said Prager spent week days with one wife and child here and weekends in Los Angeles with another wife Chief of Detectives M A Hinds said Prager was ar rested on a state warrant charg ing embezzlement but had not been docketed formally Prager admitted the embezzle ment police said The BerlinHunt Coal company discovered was missing In a written confes sion Prager said he began to take money from his employer 4 to 5 months after he began work in February 1948 He said he used the funds to entertain 2 amateur basketball teams Hinds said the boys and one feted in local hotels taken on trips and given presents The rest of the money apparently was spent Hinds said in commuting as a transcontinental lover between Los Angeles and Memphis Wife No 1 is darkhaired browneyed Mrs Annie Katz Prager of Memphis to whom Prager was married 2i years ago They have a yearold son Jerry Wife No 2 is tall shapely Mrs Anita Prager of Los Angeles formerly of Memphis whom police said Prager married in Hernando Miss Jan 31 AP Wirephoto 50OOOTH Kerlin G3 has his blood pressure measured by Dr C N Nicholson ad mitting physician at Veterans hospital in Des Moines Tues day as Kerlin became the hospitals 50000th patient Ker lin from Mason City a conductor on the Milwaukee rail road was admitted for a general checkup Cannon Says Air Force Not Navy Would Carry ABombs Washington a navy vs air force battle over money Rep Cannon DMo shouted to the house Wednesday that air force bombers not navy planes would deliver the atom bomb to Moscow if war comes What the United States must do Cannon said is equip other na tions for ground force fighting while building air power capable of dealing a knock out blow to any aggressor within 3 weeks Cannon is chairman of the ap propriations committee He was defending its appropriation for the navy against an attack by Rep Vinson DGa Vinson sought to add 000 for the navy to a record peacetime army navyair force bill drawn up by Cannons committee Backers of a bigger naval avi ation force want to add about to the bill to give the navy more wings They include such influential members as Chairman Vinson DGa of the armed services committee and S i k e s Sheppard DCal and Short In advance of a showdown vote late Wednesday they claimed enough support to raise the navys share of the big bill to at least or 000000 more than the appropriations com mittee has approved 19 of 21 Nazis Found Guilty Neurnberg Germany If Art American court wound up nesday the last and longest of German war crimes trials with convictions for 19 of the 21 de fendents The decision was 2 to one on the 3judge bench Judge Leon W Powers of Denison Iowa filed a dissenting opinion most of the convictions ofGerman diplo mats and officials accused of aid ing a criminal Nazi program of murder and plunder Judge Powers said that a strange doctrine of mass or corruptive guilt had been ap plied by the other 2 judges Wil liam C Christiansen of Red Wing Minn and Robert T Maquire of Portland Ore The 19 defendants will be sen tenced Thursday Their convic tions were based on 7 separate counts Only 2 Otto Meissner and Otto von Erdmannsdorff were ac quitted on all counts The men convicted one one or more counts are Baron Ernst von Weizsaecker Gustav Steengracht von Moyland Wilhelm Keppler Ernst Wilhelm Bohle Hans Woer mann Karl Ritter Edmund Veesenmayer Hans Heinrich Lam mers Wilhelm Stuckart Richard Walter Darre Otto Dietrich Lt Gen Gottlob Berger Walther Schellenberg Lutz Schwerin von Krosigk Emil Puhl Paul Koerner Paul Pleiger Hans Kehrl Karl Fasche These men were the ad ministrators who carried out the orders of the top nazis BULLETIN Seattle severe earth quake jolted Seattle at about a m Wednesday Build ings swayed and books toppJed from shelves as the sharp move ment continued for several sec onds Portland Ore reported feeling the quake and it jarred Port Angeles Wash 60 miles northwest of Seattle There were no immediate reports of cas ualties Ships Collide and Catch Fire Bridgeton N T in the hold of an unloaded oil tanker which collided headon with a freighter in the Delaware bay was brought under control Wednesday by heroic crewmen after a 6 hour battle The 39 crew members aboard the Sun Oil Co tanker Pennsyl vania Sun risked danger of an ex plosion of oil fumes to save the ship The Sun collided with the U S Lines freighter American Attorney in the fogshrouded channel be low ship John lighthouse shortly before a m Both ships caught fire in the bow but no one was injured in the crash One seaman tossed overboard from the 11394ton tanker by the impact was picked up by a pass ing freighter Sun Oil officials said the tanker would be able to return to its Marcus Hook Pa base under its own power as soon as the fog lifts Both ships caught fire in the bow section The flames aboard the freighter were brought under control without much difficulty But the fire on the tanker spread from a forward hold arid a fire fighting chemical was rushed by plane from New York to help in the battle Calls for Statements on Condition of Banks Washington comptrol ler of the currency Wednesday is sued a call for a statement of the condition of all national banks at the close of business April 11 The federal reserve board also issued a call for statements of con ditions as of April 11 of state banks which are members of tho federal reserve system VIOLATE TRAFFIC LAWS Des Moines than 36 000 Iowa drivers violated traffic or civil laws during 1948 the state department of public safety re ports It said this was nearly half of the states drivers FIRE DESTROYS BARN New Sharon barn fire destroyed 3 horses and several thousand dollars worth of feed and equipment Tuesday on the Charles Longstreet farm 1 mile south of New Sharon But Calls for Inquiry Into University Amendment Orders Admission of More Medical Students Des Moines UR The Iowa house turned heavy fire on the University of Iowa Wednesday at it passed a bill appropriating nearly a year for board of education institutions Before passing the senateap proved bill by a vote of 99 to 0 the house added amendments calling for an investigation of the univer sity and requiring its medical school to admit onethird more new students than at present Discussion of the amendment brought sharp criticism of the un iversity and the college of medi cine Rep Kingsley Clarke RAdel offered the amendment instruct ing the legislative interim com mittee to investigate the salary scale and the method and manner of instruction at the university and report to the next legislature He said the university is not ful filling the functions of a good un iversity especially in its liberal arts and other undergraduate schools Not True Clarke said the report of the interim committee describing board of education institutions as the best in the country is defi nitely not true especially in re gard to the Uiniversity of Iowa The house adopted Clarkes amendment 47 to 40 but turned down a proposal that the interim committee also investigate Iowa State college The house also re jected an amendment by Rep Charles Everett RAmes to boost the appropriation for gen eral education at Iowa State by a year Despite Committee Chairman Harry Weichmans attempt to withdraw it the house then adopted an appropriatiort commit tee amendment to require the col lege of medicine to admit at least 120 new students a year instead of the present 90 if many apply Rep Lawrence Putney R Glad brook said medical school should be investigated for failure to turn out more doctors He said entry to the school is so restricted that its almost necessary that an applicant have a grandfather who came over on the Mayflower Concurs With House The senate concurred in a house amendment to a bill provid ing a formula for state aid for transportation of school pupils The house amendment raised tha basic state payment from to a pupil instead of the provided in the original bill The senate passed with a minor amendment a house bill appro priating to the board of control for the next biennium for screening patients at state men tal institutions to eliminate over crowding Also passed by the senate was a house bill permitting the owners of at least 75 per cent of property abutting on a secondary road to petition for surfacing of the road with the property owners to share 50 per cent of the cost according to the proportion of the total prop erty owned by each However the senate reworded the measure and sent it back to the house Firm May Shut Clothes Plant at New Hampton Fort Scott Kans Work Clothes Inc may close its New Hampton Iowa plant Ken neth E Pollock corporation presi dent announced Wednesday The New Hampton plant which Pollock said is ton small for prof itable operation employs approx imately 30 persons It manufac tures coveralls work shirts and coats and dungarees in addition to overalls SAME flag M M V S ;