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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 18, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LVI Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY APRIL 18 1950 Tills Paper Consists of Two One No 163 Murder Gun Turns Up at Ames Believe It Used to Kill Chavis a Year Ago Ames gun which may have been used to kill Henry W Chavis a year and a half ago has been found State and county authorities say It is the first piece of concrete evidence to turn up in the mys terious slaying of the Ames can ning plant operator Chavis shot 3 times was found lying in a pool of blood near the rear door of his home Nov 8 1948 The rusty 32caliber automatic pistol was found Sunday by 2 boys tramping along the banks of Squaw creek about a mile north of the Chavis home Story County Sheriff Ivan Shalley said a check of the guns serial number definitely showed that it had belonged to Chavis The Chavis family had reported the pistol stolen not long before the murder Long Search Since Chavis death authorities have conducted an intensive search in an attempt to find the gun used The pistol found partially em bedded in the muck of the creek bank was taken to the state bu reau of investigation laboratories in Des Moines R W Nebergall chief of the bureau of investiga tion said it may be several days before it can be determined whether the gun can be put in condition so ballistics tests can be made No Clear Motive The bullets that killed Chavis are at the state bureaulaboratory No arrests have ever been made in the case Not even a motive for the killing has been definitely established Robbery was rulec out after an expensive watch anc a diamond ring were founc on the body A reward was posted by Mis Chavis for detection and tonvic tion of the slayers Also the Des Moines Tribune has offered reward in a secret witness plan the hope of obtaining informa tion Lie detector tests were given 10 persons including Mrs Chavis and other members of the fam ily m February 1949 bui the results provided no definite leads The canning plant was sold by Chavis heirs soon after his death The discovery of the gun was termed by Story county attorney Ed J Kelley as one of thegood clues that we have been looking it could be just a bubble He said officers dragged Squaw creek shortly after the slaying but failed to find the weapon AP Wirephoto BOMB FOUND ON Angeles police examine a homemade bomb found on a United Airlines passenger plane Monday shortly before the plane was to take off Left to right Sgt Russell Camp Police Chemist E F Ude and Ray Pinker of the police crime lab John Henry Grant 31 whose family was on the plane was arrested The bomb contained an inner tube bux at right filled with gasoline and other appar atus for igniting the fuel RedHaired Stewardess Involved Debt Love for Another Woman Drove Grant to Plant Time Bomb Police Say Clarinda Flu Flares Again Death Toll Is 17 Over 2 Months DCS Moines IP Deaths from influenza still are occurring at the Clarinda state hospital the Iowa board of control said Tuesday In view of this it has been de cided that isolation of flu patients there should continue at least the rest of this week the state health department reported There were 2 deaths last week and 2 or 3 the previous week ac cording to Dr C C Graves Jr director of mental institutions for the board of control He said he hadnt kept a tabula tion of the flu deaths since the out break began early in February but that for the months of Feb ruary and March there had been 17 attributable directly to influ enza Dr Ralph H Heeren director of the health departments divi sion of preventable diseases saic a new case or so is being re ported daily This influenced th decision he said to continue iso lating flu patients Dr Heeren who had conferred by telephone with Dr Norman Render superintendent at Clarin da commented Although about 20 per cent o the patients at Clarinda had in fluenza at the height of the out break there thats a pretty percentage for flu In World war I days when w had the big epidemic of influenza the percentage of incidence was 51 to 75 per cent in some communi ties There is good control at th Clarinda hospital The disease i not spreading very fast A fev more cases are being reported an they probably will extend fo quite a while Los Angeles John Henry Grant 31 planted a time bomb aboard an airliner carrying 16 persons among them his heavilyinsured wife and 2 children but lost his nerve at the a s t moment police records howed Tuesday Just as the blue and silver United Airlines DC3 was about 0 leave Los Angeles International irport for San Diego Monday Jrant ran to the ticket counter nd screamed Dont let that plane take off just put a bug on it full of gas line At the same moment a baggage andler loading the plane out on he field dropped a heavy suit ase It exploded and flames lared up singeing the mans eye Drows and hair The baggageman Harold Vlayer quickly extinguished the lames and tossed the suitcase out on the grounds He opened it and ound an alarmclock wired to gnite a box of matches which n turn would explode several jallons of gasoline contained in sections of an innertube Only a small portion of the gasoline was gnited however and no one else was injured Det Ned G Logdson who ar rested Grant said the onetime top light aviation engineer told him he was in debt He quoted irant as saying he planned to collect in insurance taken out at the airport on his wife and two children In Paternity Suit Det R B McCreadie said Mrs rant told him most of the debts were incurred in connection with a paternity suit involving her husband in New York several years ago The last few weeks hes been very nice to me McCreadie quoted Mrs Grant Last week he told me to buy a new dress 1 wondered why he was being so nice I guess this must be the answer Grant during the war was an engineer for Douglas Aircraft Corp specializing in DC6s Af ter the war he went to American Airlines in New York to super vice DC6 operations and came here in 1947 as resident engineer COFFEE IS NEXT Fonda new twist to th flying saucer episodes was re ported here Tuesday when Fonda residents said they saw ob Jects flying over this northwes Iowa community that looked lik flying saucers and cups Former Mayor Charles Chris tlan admitted he saw them earl Monday Ed Recknagel Illinoi Central agent said he saw them about the same time r plane Mrs Grant was going to relatives in San Diego She aid her husband told her he planned to follow in a later plane The plot recalled the tragedy iept 9 when a Canadian Pacific irliner with 23 aboard exploded n the air 40 miles from Quebec Albert Guay is under sentence f death for planting a time bomb n the Canadian plane to kill his vife in a love triangle and to col ect her insurance Grant is held on investigation of attempted murder IEDHEAD RESIGNS STEWARDESS JOB Los Angeles airline tewardess resigned her job Tues ay a few hours after she dis losed her romance with a youth ul aircraft engineer who plotted o kill his wife and children by Dombing an airliner carrying 16 persons Police put a suicide watch over he perpetrator of the unsurcess ul plot John H Grant 31 of Jardena Cal after a noose fash onecl from cloth was found under his mattress in his jail coll American Airlines revealed that lizabeth Suomela of Hermosa 3each Cal resigned her job as assistant supervisor of steward esses by mutual agreement She spent the night with a friend o avoid reporters Miss Suomela told police she lad been in love for 3 years with irant for American airlines He left American in 1948 and for the past 11 months had been em ployed as a laboratory technician at Airsearch Manufacturing Co near the airport Im a sick man Detective Logsdon quoted Grant I just lost my nerve My wife and my not their fault Im it turned out this way No one was hurt The Grants were married years ago Their daughter Marie is 6 and their son Robert is 5 Capt Ray Pinker head of the Los Angeles police crime labor atory said the bomb was cleverlj constructed Theres a clock inside it he said It is connected to batterie and a highresistance bridge At t set time the clock would havi turned on the current and an ordi nary book of paper matches woul have been ignited The bag in which the mechanism was con tained was crammed with inne tube sections filled with high oc tane gasoline The matches and thi gas would have done the set fire flaming in the rear cargc hold 16 Aboard Thirteen passengers and a crew of 3 were aboard the plane when the bomb was discovered Thej were except Mrs Grant and the anoth New Record Flight for Jet Plane New York Canadian jet liner flew from Toronto to New York in 59 minutes Tues day completing the first Can adaUnited States jetprn p e 1 1 c I passenger transport flight in slightly more than onehalf the time required by conventional air liners The plane which is expected to e available in commercial quant ities in 2 years carried the first cargo of jet mail in North America The postmaster general of Canada sent a message of good will to U S Postmaster General Jesse M Donaldson to commem orate the occasion UAW Gives on 4 Issues Detroit UR Chrysler strike negotiators drove Tuesday tow arc settlement of the automobile in dustrys 2nd longest walkout A source at the scene of the secret pension talks said that the CIO United Auto Workers con cession on 4 issues was a brigh indication that the end of the 84 day strike is not too far otf The union made the concession just before negotiations were re cessed late Monday night Spokes men of the corporation and UAW resumed talks Tuesday The prin cipal issue is funding of monthly pensions to workers o 65 after 25 years employment The source warned however that some unforeseen snag on any minor detail could again snar negotiations to send 89000 pro duction workers back to Chryslerb assembly lines The strike is 2nd in length only to the 113 day General Motors walkout in 1946 Hint New Red Purge of Generals Obituaries of Top Military Figures Arouses Suspicion BY WILLIAM L RYAN New York ias announced in the past lalf year the deaths of 15 Russian generals and ad of them rather young The appearance of such obituaries so frequently in he soviet press naturally arouses speculation in the wesc over the possibility of new purge in the soviet union However there has 3een no hint in the advices which pass through Moscow censorship that a purge actually is tinder way Even if the soviet press has re ported all the deaths of the top military brass a rather high mor tality rate is indicated particular ly when a number of the officers were in their forties Other highranking soviet func tionaries also have passed away recently They include Peter Anur ov a counsellor first class in the soviet foreign ministry His age was not given in the March death notice but it said the death was untimely Another such wa Anatoli Kopytov minister of cine matography who died March 10 He was only 43 Alexander Petukhov deputy chief of the communist party cen tral committee organization bu reau died April 13 His age was not given Scientist Nikolai Luzin died suddenly March 3 Last week the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel published a repor that Maj Gen Pavel Kvashnin former railway chief in Germany killed himself and his family wher he was caught trying to escape from Poland to Sweden The news paper gave directors of the soviet run rail system as its source fo the report Communist official denied it western officials saic they did not know Russias last big purge was in the midthirties when a larg number of generals and admiral were whisked off to firing squads The supporters of Prime Ministe Stalin managed by this to forestal an attempt to seize the power frorr the purge wounds wer a long time healing Soviet Is Accused of Firing on Plane AP Wirephoto WIFE AND CHILDREN OF SUSPECTED The wife and children of John Henry Grant 31 leave the Los Angeles airport Monday after police arrested Grant and accused him of attempting to blow up a United airliner on which his family was riding Union Promises HitandRun Layoff Chicago firemen and enginemen have decided to strike to enforce demands for an extra fireman on big diesel en gines a union spokesman said Tuesday but they arc expected to stage hitandrun strikes rather than a nationwide walkout Top officials of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and En ginemcn went into their 4th day of secret conferences Tuesday to work out details of the threatened strike DRAWS 10 YEAIlvS Waukon A Jager son 24 of Decorah who admitted breaking into a tavern here last October and taking in cash has been sentenced up to 10 years in tha state reformatory at Ana mosa Judge T H Gohccn sen tenced him after he pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny in the night time Floods Drive Hundreds From Dakota Homes Bismarck N Dak sands of persons in North Dakota tmd western Minnesota were made homeless Tuesday by raging flood waters Overflows from scores of rivers creeks and ditches spilled over lands in the disaster areas The American Red Cross de claring an emergency as it esti mated 1280 families were home less set up relief centers in 4 cities Robert Brumetl Red Cross state relations director said scores of communities were isolated with out power light or telephones The rampaging waters not yet at their peak swept away whole lines of light and telephone poles Railroad and highway traffic wns halted over large sections by washouts Brumett said unnum bered bridges were swept away to add to the isolation Jamestown N Dak a city of some 10000 evacuated 400 fam ilies in the worst flood in that citys history Refugees included 70 residents at the crippled chil drens school The Pipestem river normally a stream a man could jump across surged from its banks to flood the entire western section of the city The crest was not expected until some time Wednesday Adding to the woe was Tues days forecast of rain possibly changing to snow North Dakota had a blizzard the weekend of April 8 The state highway department reported that mnny federal and state roads still arc snowblocked Travel in the centralwestern and northern parts of the state was termed extremely danger ous Senate Group Okays Potato Controls 81 Washington rigid federal control program intended to end multimillion dollar government losses on surplus potatoes was ap proved 8 to 1 by the senate agri culture committee Tuesday One new feature was added to the tight controls tmd heavy pen alties previously voted by an agri culture subcommittee Senator Ellendcr net ing chairman said the new pro vision would give the secretary of agriculture the authority to cut back marketing quotas by areas or regions as much as 20 per cent Trygve Lie Considers Visit to Stalin to Calm Relations BY DEWITT MACKENZIE AP Foreign Affairs Analyst Secretary General Trygve Lie of the United Nations is considering the idea of visiting Marshal Stalin in in an effort to get Russia and her satellites to resume norma relations with the now hamstrung peace organization This is a part of the secretary generals savetheU N Leases Renewed DCS Moines Iowa ex ecutive council Monday approved lease renewals for the stntc liquor stores at Armstrong Eslhcrville and Manly Dubuque Man Drowns in Fall Dubuque Gartner 22 fishing from a boat vith 3 companions drowned Monday when he fell from craft The accident happened at Mc Crfiney slough on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi river Sheriff Melvin Gillen of Grant county Wisconsin said Gartner was fishing with Richard Zillig Robert Fondel and Donald Feipel all of Dubuque They were all Du buque Packing company employes Gillen said they told him that Zillig and Gartner fell from the bont when 2 of the men who wore dipping water out bumped into each other Both Zillig and Fondel who jumped into the water were un successful in efforts to rescue Gartner who could not swim ARMOUR OFFICIAL DIES Chicago D Mac Manus 61 Armour and Company public relations director died Monday night in Orlando Fla He had been city editor of the Rock Island 111 Argus nnd managing editor of the Ottumwa Iowa Courier SAME White Ilaf no death In pait 21 hoHri campaign and so may viewed in a different light than previous proposals for peace appeals to Moscow Most of the former suggestions involved offi cials of various western govern ments and immediately evoked cries of appeasement However Mr Trygve Lie is in a unique position As secretary general of the U N he is a ser vant of all nations He is in ef fect a citizen of the world whose job is to act as moderator in the effort of welding all coun tries together As a matter of fact if the sec retary general does carry his plea to Moscow it will tend to put the Soviet Union on a spot where it may have to declare itself either for or against peace Previous approaches by western statesmen have failed because of the very fact that they were western statesmen and therefore could be viewed by the kremlin as having axes to grind Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and cool Tuesday nighl and Wednesday Low Tuesday night 30 High Wednes day 42 Iowa Wednesday generally fair and cool Low Tuesday night 29 to 33 northwest 34 to 37 south east High Wednesday 40 to 45 FiveDay Weather Outlook Iowa Temperatures will average several degrees below seasonal normals Normal high 60 to 64 Normal low 37 Wednesday and to 41 Cool T h u r s d a y Warming Friday Cooler again over the weekend Precipitation will average i to f inch occur ring as showers Friday or Sat urday Minnesota Wednesday partly cloudy and cool High Wednes day 3540 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for lie 24 hours ending at 8 a m Tuesday Maximum 74 Minimum 43 At 8 a m 43 Precipitation 31 YKAR AGO Maximum 42 Minimum 28 McCarthy Asks Subpoena of FBI Agents Washington Me Carthy RWis announced Tues day that he will ask senators in vestigating his charges of com munists in the government to sub poena 2 former FBI agents HI said one of the FBI men taccami a member of the communist partj in order to carry on under cover work McCarthy told reporters h would give the names of the 2 men to Edward P Morgan counsel for the senate foreign relations in vestigating subcommittee later in the day He declined to disclose the identity of cither man It was un derstood that both witnesses would testify in connection with Mc Carthys charges that Owen JLatti more is Russias top agent in this country Lattimorc a Johns Hopkins uni versity professor has labeled Mc Carthys charges pure moon shine and called the senator an unmitigated har Lattirnore told the committee under oath he is not a communist and never has been one Louis Budenz former commu nist editor is to appear before the committee Thursday at the request of McCarthy to testify in the Lat timorc case McCarthy called a news confer ence to announce that he wants the subcommittee to hear the 2 former FBI men I also will have other witnesses in the next few days who will cither corroborate or supplement Budenzs statement he said The senate foreign relations committee called a session Tues day to discuss some of the ques tions which havearisen in the in vestigation One is the refusal of President Truman to give the sub committee the loyalty files on per sons named by McCarthy as com munists or communist sympa thizers Russia Told Dur Aircraft Victimized Stiff Note Sent Moscow Asking Full Indemnity Copenhagen Denmark UR A life raft picked up in the Bal tic sea was identified by U S air force officers Tuesday as one of the type earned by the navy privateer plane lost 10 days ago with 10 men aboard The raft was found by the British steamer Beechland taken LO Finland and flown to Copen hagen By EDWARD V ROBERTS Washington UR The United States Tuesday accused Russia of shooting down an unarmed Amer ican navy over the Baltic sea and demanded indemnities and punishment of the soviet flyers responsible That accusation and the accom panying demands for satisfaction were contained in a note handed to the soviet foreign ministry in Moscow at 5 p m 8 a m State Department Spokesman Michael J McDermott made the note public here and went on to deliver an oral denunciation of the Soviet Union for its astonishing lack of common international courtesy and unusual disregard of human life The note itself denounced the unprovoked destruction of Ameri can lives and property Vanishes in Flight The plane a 4engined navy privateer patrol bomber vanished on a flight over the Baltic sea on April 8 with 10 crewmen aboard On April 10 Moscow fired a protest at the United States charg ing that an American plane had flown over soviet Latvia and fired on soviet fighter planes that inter cepted it Both those allegations were flatly denied in Tuesdays note McDermott further called the Soviets to task for decorating the Russian fighter pilots who shot down the American plane and for their failure to help search for the missing men The formal note delivered by U S AmbassadorAllan Kirk to Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei A Gromyko protested in the most solemn manner against this violation of international law It demanded that Russia insti tute a prompt and thorough inves tigation express its official re grets for the unlawful and pro vocative behavior of its aviators punish the guilty flyers promptly and seveiely and instruct the red air force to refrain from such ac tions in the future Ask Reparations The United States it added also expects that Russia will in ac cordance with established custom among peaceloving nations pay appropriate indemnity for the un provoked destruction of American lives and property The note emphasized that the plane in question was under spe cific instructions not to fly over any foreign territory without the express permission of the foreign government concerned Prosecution Hits at John Maragon in Perjury Case Washington The perjury trial of John F Maragon produced evidence Tuesday that at the time he admitted having only one bank account he had another in Texas under the name of J H Maragon The onetime bootblack who used to have friends at the white house is on trial in federal court on charges of lying to senate in vestigators last year about his business affairs Among other things the govern ment has accused him of lying when he told the senators last July 28 that in 1945 and 1946 his only bank account was in Washington The committee was looking into the activities of 5 percenters men who handle business deals with the government for a fee usually 5 per cent Carmine S Bellino a certified public accountant who worked for the committee told the jury that the day after Maragon ap peared before the senate group it was established definitely that Maragon had an account in the National Bank of Commerce at San Antonio Rankin Files Hampton A E Rankin of Hampton has filed for reelection as representative from Franklin county on the republican ticket subject to the June primary ;