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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 20, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH OWANS N I G N 0 R V 1 I l HOME EDITION VOL LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires FIREMAN INJUREDRichard Dixon Cedar man suifered head and face bruises and cuts when he fell lire truck in Cecar RaPids Tuesday He is shown with 2 bystanders awaiting an ambulance State Completes Testimony in Murder Trial of Ashford The state Wednesday afternoon completed its testimony against Francis M Achford 36 charged with the murder of Arthur Ash burn as the result of an argu rnent and stabbing Defense Attorney M L Mason that the testimony was pro ceeding more rapidly than ex pected and heprobably would not begin calling defense witnesses until Thursday morning A jury of 10 women and 2 men plus a man alternate heard read by Police Chief Harold Wolfe the statement Ashford gave police the day after the stabbing In it Ashford told of getting out of bed on the night of Dec 23 to answer a telephone call from Ashburn t who was inquiring whether Billy Ashburn had come home Billy 9 is a son of Mrs Ashford by her previous marriage to Ashburn and lives with his mother He had been Christmas shopping with his father earlier in the evening Becomes Abusive Ashburn became abusive over the telephone according to Ash lords statement and finally said he was coming house to beat to the Ashford you to death Ashford said he told him to come on When Ashburn a few minutes later honked his car horn in front of the house Ashford said he went downstairs through the kitchen wJhere he picked up a par ing knife from the out the front door When Ashburn ran around the front of his car and toward him Ashford said he met him about 10 fe6t from the front steps and Ashburn swung and grazed his neck his left arm encircling Ash fords head He then pushed the fingers of his right hand into Ash fords mouth and began choking him I had to keep him from kill ing me Ashfords statement said and he stabbed Ashburn once or twice in the stomach Ashburn was still cursing him and threat ening him after Ashford told him that he had stabbed him and had better see a doctor according to the statement Mrs Ashford came out however and called her hus band into the house Not Drinking1 Ashburn had not been drinking far as he knew Ashford said in his statement and neither had he Ashford weighs about 125 pounds and the man he stabbed was 6 feet tall and weighed about 225 to 230 pounds Police Sgt Leo Allstot testified Dr Carroll O Adams Dr T E Davidson Dr Van W Hunt and Dr Ralph E Smiley all of whom treated Ashburn before his death testified that he died of peritonitis infection inside the abdomen as the resultof the stabbing Members of the jury are Mar tha Towner Mrs Mae Conrey Agnes Nelson G W Lane and Charles LaRoe all of Mason City Margaret Johannesson Mrs Har old Grattidge Lulu Kellogg and Jessie Trego all of Clear Lake Florence Ward and Mary Gaspers both of Swaledale and Amelia Gaffney Owen township The al ternate who will take the place of any juryman who becomes ill or otherwise unable to serve is Roger Suby Mason City Marriage Counselor Is Sued for Divorce Columbus Ohio man who taught Ohio State university students how to become happily married was being sued for di vorce Wednesday Dr John F Cuber former di rector of OSUs marriage counsel Ing clinic was sued for neglect by Mrs Esther Cuber in the court of domestic relations 2 Named for Judgeship of Southern Iowa Washington Gil lette DIa recommended Wed nesday the appointment of Wil liam F Riley Des Moines or Ed ward C Halbach Clinton as fed eral district judge for southern Iowa A new judge is to be appointed by President Truman to succeed Judge Charles A1 Dewey retired The president usually makes judge appointments on a basis of recommendations by the attorney general Their nominations then are subject to senate confirmation Gillettes action was at variance with the recommendations of Democratic Chairman Jake More and of National Committee Mem bers G C Jeck of Atlantic and Mrs Florence of LeMars The 3 leaders of the Iowa demo cratic party organization had jointly endorsed Carroll O Swit zer of Des Moines the 1948 demo cratic candidate for governor Surrenders After Bank Job Vancouver B C pug nosed youth robbed his bank em ployers of Tuesday with an unloaded pistol spent in a movie and a shooting gallery and then gave himself up Hehad in his pocket Constable Jim Harriot said the boy 16 years old came up to him with a youthful companion and gave himself up Harriot said the boy told him his friend convinced him he should turn himself in Railroads Meet With Unions on Vacation Demand Chicago ff Representatives of the nations railroads and 5 unions whose 350000 members operate the trains met Wednes day to discuss vacation proposals Seeking more liberalized vaca tion periods are engineers fire men conductors trainmen and switchmen Demands of the unions range from 15 days for employes with Jess than 10 years service to 30 days after 20 years Under the existing contract workers with a minimum of 160 days service are entitled to one weeks vacation Weather Report FpRECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy through Thursday with occa sional showers Thursday Mild temperatures High Thursday 6U to 68 Low Wednesday night near 45 Iowa Scattered showers Wednes day night and Thursday turning cooler Thursday Low Wednes day night 4550 Minnesota Mostly cloudy Wednes day night and Thursday with widely scattered showers Wednesday night and south and central portions Thursday Slightly cooler Thursday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather for 24 hours ending at 8 a m Wednes day Maximum 59 Minimum 38 At 8 a m Wednesday 47 YEAR AGO Maximum 87 Minimum 42 Five Cents a Copy Million Plus Slated for Schools Iowa Senate Passes Appropriation for Board of Education Des Moines Iowa sen ate Wednesday passed and sent to the house a bill appropriating for capital improve ments at state board of education institutions during the next 2 fis cal years The figure recommended by the state appropriations committee compared with recom mended by Gov William S Beardsley and asked by the board of education The present biennial appropri ation is The appropriation approved by the senate includes for Iowa State Teachers college for the University of Iowa for Iowa State col lege for Oakdale sana torium including to cover an overdraft for the School for the Blind at Vinlon and for the School for the Deaf at Council Bluffs House Concurs Meanwhile the house concurred in a senate amendment raising to a year the appropriation to soil conservation districts The house had cut the requested ap propriation from to However the house refused to recede from its amendment limit ing exemptions from the fivemill moneys and credits tax to in bank deposits and checking ac counts The senate has voted to include other types of moneys and credits in the exemption Wednesdays action came as the legislature entered the mopup stage of the 1949 session after making all but certain that Iowa income tax rates wont go up for another 2 years To Stop Cloche Final adjournment was formally scheduled for 4 p m Wednesday but the lawmakers were expected to stop the clocks a few minutes before that hour and continue their work untiX Thursday or Fri Friday The senate was expected to be gin action Wednesday on a de partmental appropriation bill ap proved by the house Tuesday night in the first night meeting of the session It callsfor an outlay of a year for operating the state government during the next biennium a cut of about from the bill originally introduced However most of the money cut from the bill has been appropriat ed in separate measures Biggest developments Tuesday were final legislative approval of a bill continuing the present 75 per cent collection rate for the state income tax and an apparent death blow to Gov William S Beardsleys proposal to lift the sales tax from food MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY APRIL 20 1949 Kline Calls for Rejection of New Farm Plan Chicagro B Kline president of the American Farm Bureau federation Wednesday recommended rejection of the ad ministrations farm program which he said smacks of a politi cal flavoring When someone promises cheap prices for consumers and high prices for farmers on the same food item it sounds to me like a votegetting appeal Kline said The program as presented by Secretary of Agriculture Charles Braitnan was developed entirely without consultation with recog nized farm leaders Kline said Tina Paper Consists of Two One No 1CS SOVIET Admiral Alan G Kirk Wednes day was appointed ambassador to Moscow succeeding Lt Gen Walter Bedell Smith who was relieved recently Kirk is being transferred from the ambassa dorship of Belgium He also has been servingas minister to Lux embourg Firms Agree to Buy Gas From Pipeline Washington Three mid western natural gas distributors agreed Wednesday to buy approx imately 70 per cent of the esti mated output of a proposed 26 inch pipeline from Louisiana to Iowa Attorneys for the distributors Minneapolis Gas company North ern States Power company St Paul and the Metropolitan Utili ties District of Omaha committed their organizations to buy up to 183000000 cubic feet of gas daily The commitments were made before the power commission dur ing closing arguments on an appli cation by the Trunkline Gas Sup ply company for permission to build the pipeline The Trunkline company based its application on an estimated sale of 250000000 cubic feet daily to Northern Natural Gas company which sells gas to 31 distributors in 7 states Companies arguing in support of the project Wednesday are Northern Natural Gas custom ers Northern Natural indicated it is ready to contract for the pipe line output if its customers give firm assurances of taking the gas delivered Lawrence I Shaw Northern Natural attorney appealed for commission approval of the appli cation He said his company is convinced that a market for add ed gas exists in its territory but is unwilling to obligate itself to buy worth of gas an nually unless assured of its re sale FE Wins Election at Chicago Plant Chicago CIO Farm Equipment Workers union Wed nesday won a victory over its rival the CIO United Auto Work ers in a battle for bargaining rights in the farm equipment in dustry The FE retained its bargaining rights Tuesday at the McCormick works of the International Har vester company here The national abor relations board election vote was 2474 to 2059 Five votes were challenged 98 votes for neither union and 54 void The industry previously was the urisdiction of the FE but the UAW entered the field on order of the CIO executive board after FE had been criticized as leftwing Asks Public Votes Held on Housing Cain Proposal is Amendment to Senate Measure Cain RWash proposed Wednesday to let the citizens of individual communities decide at the polls whether they want public housing in their areas Under a Cainsponsored amend ment to the long range housing bill such dwellings financed in part by federal funds could not be built in any community unless the people approved the project at a referendum election The senate made the Cain pro posal its pending business as it prepared to start voting on a sheaf of amendments to the bill Stay in Session Senators Myers DPa the act ing majority leader served notice that the senate would be kept in session until about 6 p m CST if there was any indication a final vote on the bill could be reached Wednesday night One of the most controversial provisions of the bill is a section authorizing construction of 810 000 public housing units during the next 6 years Foes contend that part of the program would socialize the build ing industry Backers of the meas ure argue that private industry is not interested in building low rent homes for lowest income families and that the government must step in and help 40 Years Under the bill the federal gov ernment would contribute as much as annually for up to 40 years to hejp finance the proposed housing projects Most of the cost would be met out of the rents collected along with contributions from local govern ments The projects would be owned and operated socalled local housing authorities set up by community governments The bill as drafted would re quire local governments to 1 Demonstrate a need for public housing in the area and 2 Ap prove the project plan before the community could apply for fed eral aid Sister Kenny Resigns as Clinic Head Minneapolis Eliza beth Kenny originator of a treat ment for infantile paralysis Wed nesday announced she had relin quished administration of the foundation bearing her name The foundation operates 7 cen ters in the United States for treat ment of the disease Sister Kenny has been replaced by Dr E J Huenekens a Minneapolis pedia trician who has practiced medicine for 40 years He is also a clinical professor of pediatrics at the Uni versity of Minnesota medical school Chief significance of the change Dr Huenekens said is that the foundation now has medical aus pices and a change of atmos pher Sister Kenny is an Au stralian nurse She will make her home here where her treatment got its first real recognition by medical men She will serve as a consultant but only at the request of Dr Huene kens he said China Reds Sh Two British Shi Vv teiK Cml War Rages Again on Yangtze LIFE RETURNS TO a halving experience in which both were rescued from an abandoned 40foot well Betty Johnson sits on the lap of Mrs Nor ine Jamison 37 at the home of Bettys parents in Des Moines Tuesday A rope holding Mrs Jamison broke while she tried to pull Betty from the shaft Story on page 2 Farmers Union President to Make Speech at Forest City Forest G Patton national president of the Farmers Union will address a meeting o North Iowa farmers Friday at I p m in the Civic auditorium Forest City Pattons subject Why Familj Farmers Must Have 100 Per Cen Parity Farm Prices is one of thi most hotly controversial issue before congress and in the coun try today Of the 3 major general farm or ganizations the National Farmers Union is the only one urging a program that would guarantee farmers under a system of price or income supports a return equa to 100 per cent parity Fred Stover president of the Iowa Farmers Union will share the speakers platform with Pat ton The farm price issue recently topped the headlines of the na tions newspapers when Agricul ture Secretary Charles Brannan proposed that congress scrap the sliding scale ofprice supports scheduled to go into effect the first of next year under the Aiken act The National Farmers Union program completely at odds with the sliding scale of the Aiken act approaches closely to the farm plan outlined by Brannan It goes farther however by asking for full 100 per cent of parity for all commodities produced by family farms DPs ARRIVE Washington fP The U S army transport Mercy is scehduled to arrive in Boston Thursday with 437 displaced persons including 4 scheduled to go to Iowa THE CAPITOL IS 4 BLOCKS residents are on hand TuesdayTsTlf senators visit this debris littered yard in Washington D C 4 blocks from the capitol benator Paul Douglas DI11 invited his colleagues to visit blighted areas in Washing ton during debate on a federal longrange housing bill Left to right Senators Theodore Green DR Senator Douglas Senator Wayne Morse Senator Raymond Baldwin and Senator Homer Ferguson RMich Stephen Wise Rites to Be Held Friday New York body of Dr Stephen S Wise world famed Jewish leader and militant de fender of liberal causes will lie in state Wednesday at the Free syna gague which he founded 42 years ago The noted 75yearold rabbi who spent a lifetime preaching for peace freedom and tolerance died late Tuesday at Lenox hospital He had undergone an operation early this month for what the hospital called a malignant stomach ail ment His body will remain in state through Thursday Funeral serv ices will be Friday in Carnegie Hall Death of the crusading rabbi who was president of both the American Jewish congress and of the World Jewish congress stirred sorrow around the world Thou those with whose opinions Wise had sometimes their grief and affections HURT IN WRECK Plainview Bellows 25 of Storm Lake Iowa suffered a crushed right leg between the knee and ankle when his semi trailer overturned one mile west of here shortly before midnight Tuesday night He was taken to Mercy hospital in Davenport Bel lows is a driver for the Brady Transfer company of Fort Dodge TRAINS COLLIDE Rome Ronie suburb an trains crashed early Wednes day near Cfampino airport injur ing about 30 passengers seriously and another 150 to 200 slightly JAMES G PATTON Farm Land Prices Drop Washington govern ment reported Wednesday that the warinspired boom in farm land prices apparently has passed its peak For the first time in 10 years the general level of farm real es tate values has declined A 15 per cent drop in farm product prices from the postwar record was said to be a major cause of the decline in land prices The bureau of agricultural eco nomics said the index of land values on March 1 this year was 1 per cent below that of last Noy 1 This is the first time since 1939 that the index has shown a de crease The level of land values still was 3 per cent above March 1 1948 The bureau foresaw further de clines but it said they are likely to lag behind decreases in farm product prices Since land values in the coun try as a whole have increased about twofifths as much as has net farm income since 1940 how ever the declines in land values probably will lag behind price de clines the bureau said The bureau also reported a slow ing up of demand for farms It said substantially fewer farms were sold last year than in the previous year It said almost a hird fewer sales were made dur ing the past year than during the peak year 1946 Values increased one per cent n Iowa and Ohio 3 per cent in Kentucky and 4 per cent in Ten nessee They declined one per cent n Indiana between November 1948 and March 1949 BARGE HITS BRIDGE Qufncy Burling on railroad bridge across the Mississippi river here was out of service Wednesday after it was struck Tuesday by an empty barge tow steamer Railroad traffic was being rerouted HEIRESS WEDS Anceles Store Heiress Anne Kresge Brecken ridge was enroute to a Honolulu mneymoon Wednesday with John Wright Watling Jr of Santa Barbara CaL Sloop Amethyst Runs Aground With 20 Casualties Aboard Nanking on the communistheld north bank of the Yangtze river shelled 2 British warships Wednesday One ran aground with an estimated 20 casualties aboard The other was driven off after it had returned the shore fire The battered sloop Amethyst beached itself on Rose Island in the Yangtze east of Nanking after it was shelled The destroyer Con sort raced to its aid in a running battle with shore guns but was unable to help because of the continued shelling British offi cials said it proceeded to nearby Kiangyin with 15 casualties The river battle was fought as Chinese communists their sur render ultimatum to the national ists rejected attacked at several points along the river They seized a number of islands possible springboards for the long threat ened river crossing and a general offensive to crush nationalist China Both Damaged British naval officials reported that both the 1430ton Amethyst and the 1710ton Consort were damaged The officials as well as Chinese nationalist authorities said the field guns along the river were manned by Chinese com munists The British embassy estimated that a score of casualties resulted from the shelling of the Amethyst The term was not broken down as to dead and injured Other British sources casualties aboard both British ships without esti mating the total number Official sources confirmed re ports that the Consort replied to fire from the north bank of the river The cruiser was reported under constant fire as it steamed to the aid of the Amethyst and to have made effective reply with its 4J inch guns Unable to Stop Later a British assistant naval attache reported that the Consort was unable to stop and give aid to the Amethyst when the destroyer reached Rose Island some 80 miles east of Nanking It proceeded to Kiangyin where it was joined by the 1470ton frigate Black Swan which steamed from Shanghai with doc tors and medical supplies Vice Admiral A C G Madden flag officer 2nd in command ol the British far eastern fleet was speeding to the area of hostilities aboard the cruiser London The 10000ton cruiser was exnected to reach Kiangyin Wednesday night Report Aly Khan Has Broken Ankle Cannes France It looks as if Prince Aly Khan is going to be late for his own wedding The son of the fablously wealthy Aga Khan is reported to have broken an ankle while playing with his children last Saturday Friends said Wednesday the acci dent would cause postponement of his wedding to Actress Rita Hayworth at least a month French law makes Aly eligible for the hand of Miss Hayworth May 7 one month from the day he was divorced by his British wife Strong Earthquake Is Felt in Chile Santiago Chile from southern Chile early Wed nesday reported a strong earth quake had been felt there The reports said the quake was especially noticeable around cities of Concepcion Talco and Temuco Telegraph and telephone com munications were interrupted at some points SAME lit ;