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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 24, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LVI Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY APRIL 24 1950 This Paper Consists of Two One No 169 One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor One Drink Away From Catastrophe ONE day not long ago I sat at a luncheon table and heard a former alcoholic make what seemed to me to be a rather start ling statement He said Every morning I and all others like me wake up to a new and terrifying challenge I know that if I took one drink even a short beer I would be back in the gutter Its the story of how he and thousands of other good Ameri cans got out of the depths of des pair that I want to pass along to you today I want to tell you about a really great organization which calls itself Alcholics Anonymous or just AA the usual contraction Down through the years since its inception in 1934 Ive known about its existence A California friend near and dear to me had found in it the answer to his per sonal problem and I knew about this in a general way But its only in recent months that Ive been privileged to take a closeup look at AA and its magnificent program Ive ac cepted membership on a commit tee of civicminded citizens or ganized to further education on alcoholism Its a Success Story Although in no sense will we be taking over any of the duties or the prerogatives of AA it is in evitable that well end up knowing a lot more about its methods and be able to do something about it You just cant make a study of the problem of alcoholism in America today without learning about Alcoholics Anonymous The story of AA is the amazing story of how in the past 16 years thousands upon thousands of Americans through the use of a new approach to their problem have thrown off the in fluence of a true malady Hopeless alcoholics and they dont hesitate to refer to them selves as plain drunks have found a way of life in which the compulsion to drink has been eliminated With it all has come what amounts almost to a mission ary zeal to be helpful to all others afflicted with the same disease I dip into one of their own book lets for this paragraph Banded together in groups or sometimes working alone we aim to help fellow drinkers recover their health Not being reformers however we offer our experience only to those who want it There are no fees AA is an avocation Each member squares his debt of gratitude by helping other alco holics to recovery In so doing he maintains his own sobriety Higher Power Essential It all started in the mind of a New Yorker who found himself stranded one day in Akron Ohio He was an alcoholic He sought out another of his kind In rough outline the formula which now is of the bone and marrow of AA was born on that occasion It started with a frank recogni tion and admission that being boiled out by the various so called drink cures wasnt a cure This approach dealt with the phy sical appetite and that was as far as it went It overlooked the emotional and the spiritual parts of the problem which group therapy seems to handle in ordi nary cases In short there was the recogni tion that help must be had from what often is referred to as a Higher Power But never is there any attempt to dictate or even to suggest to anybody else what his conception of that Higher Pow er shall be Theres a place in AA for all While the door is open to atheist or agnostic they seldom maintain sobriety without recogni tion of a Higher Power which comes eventually 12 Steps to the Goal Perhaps we can best come into an understanding of AA and its program by recounting here what Its members know and accept as the 12 Steps presented in testi monial form by those who have found new hope and new oppor tunity yes new life in Alco holics Anonymous Step admitted we were powerless over our lives had become unmanageable Step to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity Step a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him Step a searching and fearless moral inventory of our selves Step to God to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs Step entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character Step asked Him to remove our shortcomings Step a list of all per we had harmed and became to make amends to them Step direct amends to people whenever possible ex CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Phone Workers Out Across the Country GlobeGazette photo WIND WRECKS CONVEYOR thousand dollars of damage was done at the Mason City plant of the Ideal Sand and Gravel company Sunday afternoon when the conveyor trestle was wrecked as shown in the picture The belt conveyor trestle carried agricultural lime and coarse aggregate from the crushers to the screening and washing plant which looms up in the background The wood trestle will be replaced by a steel conveyor according to Wayne A McGowan general manager Two trucks nearly covered with debris in the picture were not badly damaged McGowan said Pennsylvania to Stop Long Haul Service Chicago Pennsylvania railroad announced plans Monday to halt all service on a major por tion of its system because of a threatened rail strike Wednesday and the government stepped in with an urgent appeal that the walkout be postponed The national mediation board at Washington urgently requested the Brotherhood of Railroad Fire men and Enginemen to put off for 2 weeks its strike scheduled for 6 a m Wednesday against 7 major roads A union spokesman said in Chicago the union had no imme diate reply to the appeal The union spokesman said that at the time of the mediation board appeal was made public in Wash ington the firemen here had re ceived no formal notification Some time would be required to asemble a reply he said because members of the unions negotiating group and officers were scattered at several meetings about the city planning tactics in the walkout Will Stop All Trains The Pennsylvania said it would start curtailing long distance pas senger service Monday night west and north of Harrisburg Pa and ultimately stop all service on this section of the system The union ordered the strike in support of demands for a second fireman on multiplediesel engines The mediation boards appeal was made in a telegram from Chairman Francis A ONeill Jr to Ben Robertson brotherhood chief ONeill said the board would make its services immediately available if the brotherhood would postpone the walkout The railroads to be affected in addition to the Pennsylvania are the New York Central Santa Fe Michigan Central Southern rail way Ohio Central and Big Four The Southern railroad earlier announced its operations would be discontinued Officials of the Santa Fe system said they would attempt to run as many trains as possible using supervisory employes as firemen NYC Undecided Only the New York Central 4th of the railroads slated to be struck had not made any an nouncement concerning its strike plans NYC officials were meeting at New York to determine their course of action The Brotherhood which called the strike to enforce a 2year fight for a 2nd fireman on diesel en gines held a meeting at Chicago but a spokesman said there was nothing apparent that would change the situation The union and the railroads have not con ferred since April 12 House Puts Back 16000 Beds for VA Washington house in an uproarious rebuke to Presi dent Truman approved legisla tion Monday restoring to the vet erans hospital building program 16000 beds that had been cut out on his order The legislation was called up out of regular order as the house temporarily laid aside an omni bus government appropriations bill from which a republican econ omy bloc was vowed to trim at least The economy drive was side tracked as republicans and dem ocrats alike voted to add at least to a hospital con struction program already due to cost more than President Chiang Orders Evacuation Drafts Reply to McCarthy Acheson Tells Editors Loyalty Program Works By MARVIN L ARROVVSMITH Washington President Cycle Injuries Are Fatal to Stacyville Man services for Billy Heimer 26 son of Tony Hei mer of Stacyville will be held at the home at 9 a m Wednesday and at the Catholic church in Johnsburg Minn at a m Burial will be in Johnsburg Hei mer died in a Mason City hospital Saturday after suffering a skull fracture and chest injuries in a motorcycle accident a mile north of Stacyville late Friday Heimers motorcycle got out of control hit a concrete culvert on the left side of the road and cata pulted 30 feet according to Deputy Lewis Haberkorn who said Heim er was thrown from the cycle an additional 40 feet The injured young man was found by a passing motorist Haberkorn said a large stone had been moved in the ditch where Heimer was found and it is thought the head injuries were caused by contact with the stone Heimer who was employed at he Hormel plant in Austin had lived in Stacyville all of his life except for 3 years in service He is survived by his father 5 broth ers Melvin Herbert Clement and Dennis of Stacyville and Robert of Osage 3 sisters Mrs Roger Walsh Austin Mary at home and Helen of Osage He was pre ceded in death by his mother in 1946 and a sister Agnes Auto Injuries Fatal Driver Is Charged Sioux City Retzloff 48 died Saturday night in a hos pital here of injuries suffered in an automobile accident The accident occurred a mile and a half north of Sioux City on highway 75 Friday night Retzloff suffered back and neck injuries when the car in which he was a passenger went out of control in attempting to pass another vehicle highway patrolmen said A man booked as Alvin Arnold Claussen 26 of Sioux City was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in con nection with the accident Heavy Winds Rainstorms Cause Damage Widely scattered reports of damage came in Monday from the winds of hurricane velocity which ripped across North Iowa Sunday afternoon Some hail was re ported also Heaviest damage was that at the Ideal Sand and Gravel plant at the northeast outskirts of Ma son City where a belt conveyor trestle was blown down General Manager Wayne A McGowan said the damage would run into several thousand dollars The civil aeronautics adminis tration weather station at the Ma son City municipal airport re ported wind velocities up to 81 miles an hour The KGLO weath er station reported just an inch of rain up to noon Monday Other damage in Mason City and vicinity included one of the largest signs in the city a 45 foot high Jack Sprat neon bill board blown flat on top of the Western Grocery company build ing at 501 S Federal A large plate glass window was blown out of the West Truck lines 125 Jackson N W a plane rolled over at the airport and numerous power and telephone lines were reported down throughout the city Hail in Mitchell County Hail was reported in much of Mitchell county At Orchard a barn on the Lackey farm tenanted by Eugene Serleth was flattened just after Serleth had come out the door The town elevators roof was torn off with damage to feed and a large supply of twine On the Julian Lack farm a cattle shed windmill and machine shed were demolished Many windows in a 4 mile area were broken A wind rain and hailstorm caused considerable damage in the Alta Vista area leveling a large barn on the Herbert Waters farm 3 miles west of town and it burned completely when it con tacted broken electric wires The barn contained a large quantity of hay feed and straw all of which burned All the livestock was saved except a few pigs There was much damage to small farm buildings on the Louis Gebel and Joe Goodale farms in Truman was reported Monday to be drafting a reply to Senator Mc Carthys charges of communism in the termed mad and vicious by Secretary of State Acheson McCarthy Wisconsin republican said Achesons criticism of him indicates he goes along 100 per cent with the TrumanTydings McMahon line that the real crim inals are those who try to expose and get rid of communists and perverts in the state department Senator Tydings heads the senate foreign relations sub committee investigating Mr Mc Carthys accusations against the department Senator McMahon is a member of the group which called a closed meet ing Monday to discuss the inquiry Mr Truman is scheduled to make a nationwide broadcast Mon day night NBC 9 p m His speech to the Federal Bar as sociation is expected to be a de fense of the governments loyalty program target of a drumfire at tack by McCarthy who calls it grossly inadequate The loyalty program is designed to keep com munists and subversives out of government jobs Mr Truman already has called McCarthy one of the kremlins greatest assets There was no ad vance indication whether his ad dress Monday night will rteal with McCarthys specific accusations but the speech was described as an intended answer to the senator Achesons sharp criticism of Mc Carthy was in an offtherecord speech he made Saturday night before the American Society of Newspaper Editors Part of it was made public by the state depart ment Sunday night of Hainan Vital Island By STANLEY RICH Yulin Hainan Island Hainan was the Chinese communists for the taking over by order of Chiang Kaishek The generalissimos order for total evacuation of the oig island gives the reds y half the remnants of his once vast nationalist China The decision to give up the 13 500 square mile stronghold off south China had not been an nounced officially here My infor mation came from a general one of the top officers charged with Hainans defense This general accused Chiang of sacrificing Hainan to his own political ambitions He said Chiang refused to send reinforcements because he feared the growing strength and popular ity of 2 of Hainans Gen Hsueh Yuen the military commanderinchief and Marshal Chen ChiTang the governor The defense ministry on For mosa said only that fighting con tinued east of Hoihow the fallen capital and near Limko Cape 40 miles west Opinion in Taipei was that the nationalists would aban don Hainan and attempt to remove as much war material as possible rather than defend the southern part of the 4 Slightly Injured in Hanlontown Crash Hanlontown Only minor in juries to 4 persons were reported in a headon collision of 2 cars on highway 9 in the town limits at 9 p m Sunday Cars of Fred Wenzel of Mason City and William Heinz Jr of Forest City were involved both being badly damaged With Heinz in his car were his brothers Sgt Joseph Heinz and Donald Heinz The 4 men were taken to For est City for medical attention but reports Monday morning indi cated all had been released Sheriff A J Connor of North wood was called to investigate but all 4 men had been taken to the hospital and the officer cleared the wreckage from the highway the same neighborhood Large trees were uprooted by the wind which had the violence of a small twister State High of 91 FLORIDA POLITICO SHOT St Petersburg Fla Rep Charles J Schuh Jr was shot fatally in his law office Mon day by a 72 year old man who said the young attorney harmed me politically Charles Gifford who first told police he was Charles Ross of Bay City Texas was seized in Schuhs office Meanwhile temperatures in the state soared to the highest of the year Sunday with Clarinda re porting the high of 91 and Council Bluffs recording 89 Precipitation was general over the state North Iowa cities receiving rain includ ed Osage 115 Charles City 65 Forest City 127 and Iowa Falls 115 At Calmar a heavy electrical storm knocked out the towns power system Six farms were damaged extensively by a Satur day night windstorm near Ottum wa Hickenlooper and Beardsley File Candidacy Papers DCS Moincs William S Beardsley anfr Senator B B Hickenlooper were among 49 can didates in the June 5 primary elec tion to file their nomination papers with the secretary of state Mon day Both seek renomination on the republican ticket The deadline for filing is mid night Wednesday The secretary of states office will remain open un til then that night to accept the filings Among others who filed their papers was Rep Tom Martin Iowa City republican seeking re election from Iowas first congres sional district He filed 1200 nom ination blanks listing the signa tures of 15000 first district voters That total far greater than re quired represents about half the number of persons who voted in the first district in the 1948 gen eral election Another was Leo Hoegh Char iton republican who is opposing Rep Karl M Le Compte Corydon republican for the 4th congres sional district nomination The others who filed are seeking seats in the Iowa legislature Lux Gives Up When Officers Surround Him Adel young farmhand who authorities said ran down his parents with a truck surrendered without resistance Monday after officers surrounded the farm home where he was hiding Dallas county Sheriff Evan Bur ger said the only explanation Harry Lux 22 would give for lis motorized assault on his par ents was that he got mad The sheriff also said Lux ad mitted he attempted to set fire to nis parents farm home Burger and Deputy Ralph Gra ham captured Lux late this morn ing at the farm home where Lux lived near Waukee Luxs wife who had stayed with friends since the Saturday inci dent had returned to her own home this morning to get some clothing As she approached the farm house she noticed the shades were down She turned and ran to a nearby farm where she called officers Burger said that when he and Graham approached the house and shouted at Lux to come out he came quiety He was unarmed The young man was taken to the Dallas county jail Sheriff Burger said charges of attempted arson and assault with intent to commit great bodily in jury probably would be filed against Lux The young mans sister said he appeared to blow his top over the actions of a balky cow SAME niack flay means traffic death In pail 24 Hours Nicholas Files for Nomination Des H Nicholas of Mason City candidate for the re publican nomination for lieuten ant governor filed his nomination papers with the secretary of state Monday morning Mr Nicholas was the 1st of 5 candidates expected to file for the republican nomination for lieu tenant governor The Mason Cityan had signa tures from 65 counties and the qualified number of signatures from 29 counties Mr Nicholas announced his en try into the lieutenant governor race April 8 He had served as state representative from Ccrro Gordo county in the 52nd gen eral assembly Government Rests in Maragon Case Washington govern ment Monday rested its perjury case against John Maragon one time white house hangeron aftei dropping 1 of the 4 counts agains him The 56 year old defendant is charged with lying to senate 5 per center investigators about de tails of his jobs and finances Prosecutor Charles B Murray announced that the government had completed its case and was compelled to drop a charge that Mnragon lied when he told the senate investigators that his motherinlaw Mrs Hattie E Johnson Salisbury Mo had loaned him last year Mrs Johnson is ill with a heart ailment and could not be produced as a prosecution witness SYMINGTON BOWS OUT Washington UR W Stuart Symington bowed out as secretary of air Monday with a farewell plug for a 70group air force or its equivalent as essential to the na tions security Le Mars Child Is Fatally Injured LeMars Gale Dyk stra 4J month suffered fatal in juries Sunday when a teenagers car collided headon with one driven by her father Henry Dyk stra 28 LeMars State Highway Patrolman Tom Soppeland said his investigation of the crash was continuing Mon day and he planned to confer with the Plymouth county attorney be fore filing charges Soppeland said his investigation of the crash showed Clarence Owen Berg 17 a Hawarden high school senior was attempting to pass a 3rd car when the collision occurred Two other Hawarden youths Charles Swanson 16 and Milo Gaul 17 were with Berg Soppeland said he still was seek ing the 3rd car The child died about an hour after the crash Her parents Hen iy and Mattie 28 suffered cuts and bruises None of the youths was seriously injured Floods Strike at Crookston Crookstoii Minn e laden floodwaters poured through a broken dam Monday and bore down on this city already reel ing under the worst flood in its history About 200 families fled before the crest surging down the Red Lake river and the Red Cross mobilized volunteer rescue crews to meet the new emergency The crest was expected to hit here about 7 a m Most residents were taking the situation calmly Morale is higher than the wa ter will ever get one rescue worker said More than 13000 persons suf fered in floods that surged over the tablelike lowlands of the Red river of the north and its tributaries The Red river rose in southern Manitoba driving 30 residents of Emerson from their homes and putting at least half a dozen other towns on 24hour guard Huge ice cakes on Red Lake river ripped a 120footwide hole in a power dam 30 miles north east of here Sunday night un leashing what river observers de scribed as a 10foot head of wa ter clogged with ice The new gush of water was ex pected to send the river level up sharply here where almost one half of the citys homes already were flooded or surrounded by water However Red Cross Disaster Chairman Bray Mercil said au thorities were hopeful the new crest would not exceed the 24 foot level reached Sunday when an emergency gate gave way on a dam 5 miles above the city WATER CREEPS TO BLENCOE ONAWA Blencoe UR Flood waters from the Missouri river crept to the edge of this Monona county town of about 370 population Monday and were expected to continue rising until Wednesday The few families living in the pickle city area southwest of Blencoe were evacuated with their livestock after a hastily con structed dike broke and army engineers warned all farmers be tween highway 75 and the river from Blencoe south to the Har rison county line to be prepared to move before the flood crest ar rives Wednesday That area includes about 10 square miles A few miles to the north an estimated 1600 acres of bottom land were flooded when the Se dig dike broke west of Whiting and flood waters edged to with in a quartermile of Onawa with a population of more than 3400 Production and marketing ad ministration officials were at tempting to release all sealed No Picket Lines Until Wednesday Minor Grievance at South Bend Blamed for Walkout New York fi Telephone equipment workers went out on strike from coast to coast Monday but public phone service was not immediately affected Division 6 of the CIO Commu nications Workers of America pre dicted all its 10000 members in the Bell System would be off the job by nightfall in 43 states and the District of Columbia The walkout was slow in starting the union said because of the time zone factor Western Electric Co target of the strike reported 5000 out at 10 a m CST but said it had not heard from the Rocky Mountain or west coast states Meanwhile company and union spokesmen continued negotiations with a federal mediator The Western Electric Co charged in a statement that the walkouts were illegal under the existing contract The dispute be tween the union and Western Electric arose over working con ditions at a television tower in stallation in South Bend Ind Reports gave this picture of ihe number walking out New York state 1450 Illinois 700 New Jersey 600 Michigan 430 Indiana 250 Oregon Wash ington and Idaho 250 Louisiana 100 A 12state Rocky Mountain area 185 Utah 50 Wisconsin 98 Connecticut 250 Pittsburgh 350 Washington D C 300 Kansas City 300 Louis ville 40 Atlanta 30 Columbus Ohio 25 Cincinnati Ohio 75 Four Electric employes company of Western working in Missing Boone Boys Body Found Boone body of a 10 yearold boy who had been miss ing since Feb 11 has been found Sheriff Steve C Braulieu said the boy Robert Lester Ford had died of exposure Roberts body was found in a wooded area 4 miles west of here by Lester Eckley and Paul Atkinson both of Boone The sheriff said the boy appar ently had lain down in the woods using his coat for a pillow corn in the path of the flooi In the Blenccc area shutters were delivering free of charge corn which was not under seal Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy and cool through Tuesday with showers Monday night Low Monday night 36 to 38 High Tuesday 44 Iowa Cloudy and cool through Tuesday Occasional showers overspreading most of the state Monday night Low Monday night 3540 Southeast northwest 3844 Minnesota Tuesday partly cloudy and cool with some snow flur ries northeast portion High Tuesday around 38 northwest to 43 southeast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Monday Maximum 59 Minimum 40 At 8 a m 40 Precipitation 89 YEAR AGO Mason City went on strike at noon Monday A new approach was reported as the basis of further talks Mon day in the 91dayold strike of 89000 United Auto Workers against Chrysler Corp CLOSE TO 100 MEN STRIKE IN IOWA Des Moines Bell Telephone company officials estimated that close to 100 in stallation men members of di vision 6 of the C I O Communi cation Workers of America were on strike in Iowa today They were not picketing however John Wilson district manager of the telephone company here said 74 of the installation men were working on company proj ects and the remainder were working on the television relay towers being erected in Iowa There are 21 striking Western Electric employes in Des Moines Division 6 is made up of em ployes of Western Electric a man ufacturing subsidiary of the Bell System Western Electric men in stall Central Telephone office equipment EXPECT INSTALLERS TO SUPPORT STRIKE Omaha Western Elec tric installers in the 5state North western Bell Telephone company area are expected to leave the job in support of a nationwide strike a union spokesman said Monday J W Boustead president of Communications Workers division 45 CIO said he had been in formed by A W Stein president of Northwestern local 62 of the Association of Communications Equipment Workers of America that Minneapolis and Des Moines installers already have gone out and telegrams have been sent to all other Western Electric union groups to get off the job He said no picket lines would be estab lished until the expiration of the presidential truce Boustead said because of the large number of telegrams to be sent out there might be some delay in the strike orders to work ers in the 5 Iowa South Dakota North Dakota and Minnesota Boustead said talks with the company would continue right up to the deadline Tuesday if nec essary but if they fail well be ready to throw out picket lines Wednesday in more than 400 Bell exchanges The union claims a membership of 13000 of the 17000 Northwest ern Bell employes in the 5 states Maximum Minimum 66 27 GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Sunday Maximum Minimum At 8 a m 68 40 47 LIGHTNING BURNS BARN Humboldt Lightning set fire to a new barn nearly com pleted at the Merlin Erickson farm northwest of here and the barn burned to the ground A number of sheep and a large quantity of hay in the barn were destroyed Damage was estimated at ;