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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 22, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZFTTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LV Associated and United Full Wires HOME EDITION irnnri Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY APRIL 32 1949 BATTLE DAMAGEA sailor inspects damage aboard the British destroyer Sort caused when the shin was j uesuoyei uonsoit caused when the ship was shelled by Chinese communist forces Amethyst Is Hit Again by Red Shellfire Shanghai The crippled British sloop Amethyst was hit again Friday by communist artil lery when she tried to move up the Yanztze to Nanking it was reliably reported Friday night It was not known if there were any new casualties In all 44 British seamen have been killed and at least 82 wounded by communist gunners in attacks on 4 British warships beginning Wednesday Nineteen of the dead were among the Amethysts and included the captain Lt Cmdr B M Skinner His body and one other and the remainder of the Amethysts wounded reached Shanghai by train Friday night Several of the wounded suffered loss of limbs British naval authorities said the other 17 dead from the Ame thyst had been buried at sea presumably in the big river F F Potter Receiver for Stoddard f Inc The Stoddard Manfacturing company Inc has been adjudi cated bankrupt in federal district court and Fulton F Potter vice president of the United Home Bank and Trust company has been named temporary receiver Potters appointment was made Thursday afternoon by John H Mitchell Fort Dodge referee in bankruptcy for northern Iowa it was revealed here Friday by Nate Levinson attorney for the Stod dard Manufacturing company The appointment followed filing of a voluntary petition in bank ruptcy and the adjudication by Federal Judge Henry N Graven Potter will serve until a trustee is elected by the creditors probably in midMay Levinson explained The authority of the receiver is broad enough the attorney added to include either operation or liquidation of the corporation The petition in bankruptcy was the result of seizure of the plant by the federal government for nonpayment of excise and with holding taxes totaling approxi mately The schedule filed with the petition showed assets of 77128 and liabilities of 75073 The liabilities included claimed by members of the Stoddard family as loans to the corporation British Austin Wins Stock Auto Record Indianapolis tiny green British Austin convertible Friday held 53 official distance and speed records after setting a new stock car endurance record on the In dianapolis motor speedway The American Automobile asso ciation officially recognized the marks set in the 11750mile week long test Thursday and said the convertible was the first foreign made automobile to hold U S ftock car records Three English race drivers drove the 88horsepower Atlantic model through all kinds of weather over much mileage as the average driver covers in a year at an av erage speed of 7054 miles an hour SHORT MILLION Montreal Sansoucy wealthy textile merchant was sen tenced Friday to in fines Jt years in jail on charges in volving in tax evasion Home Furniture Store Sold to Davidsons Des Moines The Home Furniture store 19 First S E has been sold to the Davidson Furniture store Des Moines which will take over the building on July l according to Nate Rosenbaum general manager of the Home Furniture company in Mason City since 1940 Only the building has been leased by the Davidson company so the present complete nationally advertised line of household furni ture draperies and appliances will be sold at a going out of business public retail sale Starting Thursday April 28 the sale will be conducted by Robert McKee of the Twin Cities Sales Service Minneapolis Minn Ev erything in stock at the present time at the Home Furniture store will be sold Mr Rosenbaum is giving up his business in Mason City on account of the health of his family and plans to move to Arizona He said it is with regret that he is leaving Mason City and the many friends and business associates here Since his coming to Mason City in 1940 from Moline 111 when he became general manager of the Home Furniture company the store has shown a tremendous growth in business Mr Rosen baum had managed stores in Ce dar Rapids and Moline before coming to Mason City He has been in the furniture business for the past 30 years FEW Wins Vote at Indiana Plant South Bend Did The United Farm Equipment and Metal Workers union CIO won a bargaining election over the CIO United Automobile Workers union at the Oliver Corp plant No 1 here Thursday FEW claimed a total of 886 votes to UAWs 806 Ten votes favored neither union as the plants bar gaining agent The election in volved about 2000 maintenance and production employes in the plant The company had petitioned for the election because new contract negotiations are scheduled to be gin soon Both unions had agreed to the balloting Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday with no im portant change in temperature High temperature Saturday near 60 low Friday night near 40 Iowa Partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday Low Friday night 3844 Iowa 5day weather Temperatures will average 1 to 3 degrees above normal with highs averaging 60 to 65 and lows 38 to 42 Little temperature change Saturday and Sunday Warmer Monday Turning cooler Tues day and Wednesday Precipita tion will average onefourth inch occurring Monday or Tuesday Minnesota Partly cloudy south and cloudy north portion Friday night with showers extreme northeast portion Partly cloudy Saturday No decided change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather for 24 hours ending at R a m Friday Maximum 66 Minimum 40 At 8 a m Friday 48 Precipitation 12 YEAR AGO Maximum 68 Minimum 47 NATE ROSENBAUM Dont Wont Princess to Meet Pope London leaders asked King George Friday to see to it that Princess Margaret doesnt meet Pope Pius XII dur ing her forthcoming tour of Italy The kings 18 year old daughter leaves by plane next Wednesday for a months holiday in Italy Dispatches from Rome to the Brit ish Press have said she might call on the pope George temporal head of the Church of England was asked to intercede by the Protestant Truth society a Protestant propaganda agency representing most Protes tant churches and by the Na tional Union of Protestants in Northern Ireland Buckingham palace declined all comment Vatican sources say that if Mar garet should visit the pope she would not be required either to bow or to kneel nor would she be expected to kiss the pontiffs ring In such audiences the pope mere ly extends his hand to the visitor Housing Bill Is Approved by Senate Measure Provides for Million Farm Program Washington long range housing bill landed in the house Friday after senate approval at a stormy session The bill authorizing a vast slum clearance program and construc tion of 810000 public housing units during the next 6 years was passed by the senate a few minutes be fore Thursday midnight The vote was 57 to 13 The measure also provides for a farm housing program and for a research program de signed to spur home construction by cutting building costs The fate of the bill in the house is in recess until Monday uncertain Somewhat similar bills passed by the senate last year and in 1946 died in the other branch of congress Sees Socialization House opposition in the past was directed against the public hous ing feature Some influential house members still are contending that it would lead to socialization of the building industry That argument was raised dur ing the 5 days of senate debate on the bill too but it was overrid den On final passage 33democrats joined 24 republicans in voting for Votes for Measure Washington e n a t o r Hickenlooper RIowa voted for the longrange housing bill which was passed by the senate Thursday night Senator Gil lette DIowa did not vote but his name was read as favoring the bill Earlier both Hickenlooper and Gillette voted for a pro posed amendment to ban segre gation in any federal aid proj ects The amendment was de feated the bill Against it were 2 demo crats and 11 republicans Sponsors of the demo crats and an equal number of re able to bring about the defeat of practically all major moves to amendft Among the amendments batted down was one by Senators Brick er ROhio and Cain RWash which would have prohibited reg regation on the basis of race creed or color in the renting of public housing 49 to 31 The proposal was beaten 49 to 31 with supporters of President Trumans civil rights program leading the fight against it They called the amendment a move to kill the bill and said civil rights should be handled in separate leg islation Bricker on the other hand cont tended that it was an opportunity for senators to demonstrate how they feel about civil rights But the amendment which touched off the noisiest fireworks was one by Senator Taft ROhio to strike from the bill in grants to farmers for improve ment of substandard farms That is only one section of the 3part farm program Tafts amendment was defeated 41 to 30 after Senator Langer R N Dak had threatened to talk all night against it This Paper Consists ot Two No New 3 GET AWARDS York UR The 1949 awards of the National Council on Rehabilitation were held Friday by Lionel Barrymore movie actor Thomas E Millsop president of the Weirton Steel company and Dr Royd R Sayers medical di rector of the United Mine Work ers Compulsory Health Insurance Is Asked To Double Salaries of Lawmakers Legislature Votes Pay Raise for Members by 1951 Des Monies Iowa leg islature voted Friday to double the pay of future lawmakers A house bill to raise the present pay of a session to effective in 1951 was cut to 2000 in the senate The house quickly concurred in the senate amend ment The senate passed the bill 26 to 16 An absentee ballot left by Sen ator W N Skourup RBurling was needed to get a consti tutional majority Some senators quoted a 1913 at torney generals opinion which they interpreted to mean that sen ators still serving in 1951 as well as new members will be eligible for the raise Reach Solution The senate disposed of one prob lem which has taken up a number of hours of debate when it killed a house bill to permit termination of public improvement contracts during times of national emergen cy The bill got a favorable vote of 20 to 17 but it was short of a con stitutional majority The senate also killed a house bill to raise the maximum poor fund tax levy to mills The upper chamber passed house measures permitting the state tax commission to adopt a shorter and simplified income tax return form and appropriating to be used if the conference of the council of state governments meets iu Iowa this year The house passed a senate bill raising unemployment compensa tion from to a week up to a maximum of 20 weeks Meanwhile a conference com mittee proposed a solution to one deadlock holding up final ad journment of the 1949 session and 2 other problems were sent to conference committees Propose Exemption A conference committee ap pointed to resolve differences be tween the house and senate on a bill providing a moneys and cred its tax exemption proposed a flat exemption from the 5mill tax on all types of moneys and credits up to The exemption would be in addition to a provision of present law permitting a taxpayer to deduct debts owed in good faith from corporation stocks and shares The house refused to back tip from itsamendments to an appro priation bill for capital improve ments at board of education insti tutions The amendments disap proved by the senate would ap propriate to build a new school for severely handicapped children at the University of Iowa and direct the university medical school to enlarge its facilities enough to admit 150 new students a year EVIDENCE EXAMINED IN TENORS DEATH City Detectives J M Pack left and J E Helms look over evi dence at headquarters in connection with the death of John Garris 35 who was found dead in an alley in Atlanta Thursday Pack holds a hat he found near the body and a clipping found in the coat held by Helms The detectives said the coat was found atop a garbage can about a block from the body Garris Metropolitan Opera company tenor performed in Atlanta earlier this week Story on page 2 Murder Charge on Ashford Sent to Jury on Friday A suit of armor in the Metro politan Museum of Art is made of 219 steel plates held together by 1400 rivets and 85 straps AP WIrephoto AWARD FOR WELL RESCUE Barney Jamison center receives a string of pearls from Mrs Russell Minear American Legion Auxiliary president and a savings bond from Edward L Grace a post commander for her rescue of Betty Johnson from a well in Dea Moines last Tuesday Mrs Jamison held the child afloat in a 40foot waterfilled well until both were rescued The murder charge against Francis M Ashford36 went to the jury Friday noon with the states attorneys asking conviction of murder in the 1st degree This would automatically carry a pen alty of either death by hanging or life imprisonment under Iowa law Judge Tom Boynton instructed the 10 women and 2 men how ever that they might bring back verdicts of guilty of murder in the 1st or 2nd degree manslaugh ter assault with intent to commit manslaughter assault with intent to commit great bodily injury and assault and battery or a verdict of not guilty On the night that Arthur Ash burn was stabbed he drove to the Ashford residence 119 Connecti cut N E and waited in his car while Ashford dressed and came downstairs County Attorney James R Brown told the jury in his closing argument Took Knife Ashford went to the kitchen got a paring knife and went to meet Ashburn with the intention of using the knife insisted the coun ty attorney He called attention to Ashfords statement to police of ficers that Ashburn had called him a name and I wouldnt take that and neither would you A claim of self defense was ar gued by M L Mason defense at torney He told the jury Ashford went out to talk to Ashburn about Billy Ashburn 9 and to prevent a disturbance in the neighborhood Whatever he did was done in lawful selfdefense on his own property and according to law the burden is on the state to prove be yond reasonable doubt it wasnt selfdefense Mason stated The whole case of the state he said is based on Ashfords own written statement which includes I had to do it to keep him from Pick Avery to Continue as Chairman Chicago OJR Sewell Avery ironfisted chairman of Montgom ery Ward Co was reelected to the board of directors Friday with little protest from stockhold ers against his business policies which had swept the firms top executives out of office Avery 76 who has been chair man of the mail or der house since 1931 was re elected at the annual stockholders meeting by a wide margin A short time later in a brief routine meeting Avery was chosen chairman of the board by the other directors all of whom have sup ported him He expressed thanks to stockholders and directors for the vote of confidence Avery received little criticism from the floor and polled more than 700000 votes over the high est of 3 other directors who were reelected killing me Murray H Finley assistant county attorney accused Ashford of appointing himself executioner of Ashburn 44 who died of knife wounds on Jan 10 Not Weak Blow In his closing argument to the jury Finley pointed out that Ash ford went the long way around down the backstairs to procure a knife then went out and met Ash burn half way to the street stepped off the slippery sidewalk to set his feet for the blow and then stabbed Ashburn Ashfords paring knife was twice thrust its full length through clothing and into Ashburns vitals Finley noted contending it was not a weak blow by a man weak from choking claimed as Ashford had HEADS MINISTER GROUP Sioux City Rev Ed mund V Carlson of Pomeroy has been elected chairman of the Iowa Covenant Ministerial association Other officers elected Thursday are the Rev J H Lundgren Fre mont vice chairman the Rev Eu gene Hagberg Essex secretary the Rev Cecil Johnson Shenan doah vice secretary and the Rev H B Peterson Ogden treasur er 3 Are Killed 2 Injured in Car Collision Cherokee persons were killed in the headon collision of 2 cars north of here early Fri day and 2 others injured The dead were William Dooley 18 and Kenmore Nims 17 both of Cherokee and Harry Aspleaf 41 of Sioux City Aspleaf was with the Market News Foundation and gave market reports over radio station WNAX Sioux CityYank ton S Dak Injured were Ed Pruehs 32 Sioux City and John Glasson 21 of Cherokee Condition of both was reported as not critical at the Sioux Valley hospital here Friday BECOMES SUPERINTENDENT Boone F Seaton high school principal here for 2 years has accepted a oneyear contract as superintendent of schools to replace A B Grimes School Board President Willard McCartney said Thursday SAME BUfk flag to M Truman Asks Approval of New Policy Also Recommends Expansion for Schools Hospitals Washington Truman asked congress again Fri day to vote compulsory medical insurance as part of a national health program In a special message to the leg islators Mr Truman said the tra ditional method of paying for medical care cannot meet the health needs of today He recommended that congress provide for a system of govern ment payment of medical bills from a fund to be collected by spe cial taxes Mr Truman also asked 1 Government financial aid for the expansion of medical schools 2 Federal aid for construction of hospitals and otfyer medical fa cilities in communities where they are needed State Local Grants 3 Increased federal grants to help state and local governments in controlling certain diseases and promoting maternal and child health services services for crip pled children and general public health activities Mr Truman sent a message to capitol hill His propo sals because of past advocacy had been anticipated and lines already were forming for a battle over recommendations Some adminis tration backers say they see prac tically no chance that the program will be enacted in thissession of congress The American Medical associa tion has already begun a campaign against it Labor organizations have accused the AMA of setting up fund to fighf the program The AMA fight is centered on the proposal for compulsory health insurance Some of its leaders say that would mean socialized medi cine but some other medical men are backing it In his message the president said that voluntary insurance itlans have proved inadequate to meet the need most of them offering only very limited protection Replies to Attacks He went on to reply ia some of the attacks which havebeen made on his proposals offering first in 1945 by saying Health insurance is a method of paying for medical care It will not require doctors to become em ployes of the government It will not disturb the freedom of doctors and hospitals to determine the na ture and extent of treatment to be given It will not interfere with the personal relationship between tor and patient Under such a plan patients will remain free to choose their own doctors and doctors will remain free to accept or reject patients Moreover patients doctors and hospitals will remain free to make their own arrangements for care outside the government insur ance system if they so choose South China Cities Fall to Red Force Nanking fP South Yangtze valley ports cities and towns fell like clay pigeons Friday before a mounting red onslaught So weak was government oppo sition that wholesale desertions to the communists were feared Foreign military observers said a general troop withdrawal may have been ordered Nanking was fast emptying of officialdom High level Chinese wearing white helmets for the tropics and many swinging tennis rackets bolted for departing planes Most important cities below the Yangtze in red hands were Kiang yin 85 miles east of here Kwei chih 130 miles southwest and d6zens of lesser places between Wuhu 60 miles southwest of and Anking 150 miles southwest From Kweichih the communists could march straight to the sea at Hangchow less than 200 miles away Such a move would isolate Shanghai aad Nankins to north There was no way of estimatinc the communist strength across the river The red radio said 300000 troops swarmed over the riwr in small wooden boats lirt numi Wuhu and Anking alone This fig ure probably was exaggerated ;