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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 11, 1948, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LIV Associated Press and United Press full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY AUGUST 11 1948 This Paper Consists of Two No 26S HOOVER CONTEMPLATES BIRTHDAY CAKE Former President Herbert Hoover contemplates a piece of birthday cake handed him by an unidentified waitress at a lunch eon in West Branch Tuesday celebrating his 74th birthday At right Gov Robert D Blue looks on Story on Hoover Celebration on Page 4 Hoover Makes Trip to East After Party Chicago Hoover was on his way east Tuesday after a rousing 74th birthday celebra tion in his home town West Branch Iowa Hoover the nations only living expresident returned to West Branch Tuesday after a train and automobile trip from the west coast The town of 800 bolstered by thousands of wellwishers feted him at a picnic and a pa rade Gov Robert D Blue of Iowa the presidents of 4 universities public officials and old boyhood friends were on hand to greet him The town was decorated with flags and Quaker trappings for the parade Hoover brought applause from the shirtsleeved crowd as he traced his and cheered as he mentioned the primitive days when social security was from the cellar not from the federal government The statesman told newsmen that he would have some bold Ideas to give congress on the re organization of the executive branch dT the federal government He is chairman of a commission appointed jointly by congress and President Truman to make rec ommendations for governmental reorganization The commission must report by January He left West Branch late Tues day afterndon and planned to ar rive in New York Thursday and then travel to Washington Legionnaires in Fist Fight About TOO Persons in Street Battle Des Moines Le gionnaires attending their state convention cleared their heads for election of officers Wednesday aft er an hourlong street fight Tues day night which was quelledby the police riot squad About 50 Legionnaires battled a similar number of young men described by officers as town hoodlums outside the downtown Hotel Fort Des Moines conven tion headquarters shortly after midnight Police believed the disturbance started when a group of the 4000 Legionnaires who had marched in a giant parade Tuesday afternoon got into a frolicsome mood Tues day night They said a young man in a red shirt struck one of the Legion naires who stopped his car then fled and apparently returned with a gang of about 30 friends Easterners Win Bridge Tourney Chicago team of east ern bridge players defeated a Chi cago team by 2670 points Tues day night to capture the masters teamof4 championship in the national contract bridge tourna ment The easterners outpointed their opponents in each of the 4 quar ters ot the match Members of the winning team were Howard Schenken George Rapce and Samuel Stayman all of New York John Crawford of Philadelphia and Mrs Wilkinson Wagar of Atlanta Ga Babe Ruth Is in Criticq Condition at Hospital New York a b e baseballs ailing home run king was reported in critical condition Wednesday at Memorial hospital The hospital said Ruth had de veloped a higher temperature and that there were pulmonary com plications On Monday he was reported as having a cold Tuesday the hos pital said his condition seemed im proved and the temperature had gone down The hospital bulletin said Babe Ruths temperature again has risen There are pulmonary complications Condition critical Ruth has been undergoing a series of treatments in the hos pital He has been years Late in ill for nearly 2 1946 he entered French hospital where he under went a delicate neck operation He left the hospital last year and was seen in public on a few oc casions chiefly in connection with activities for the Babe Ruth Foundation He has spent vacations in Flor ida and in the past few months has attended baseball games where he received tributes from fans old and young His old New York Yankees uniform Bearing No 3 was retired recently Billy Rose Offers to Operate Met New York Rose col umnist and showman offered Wednesday to run the Metropoli tan opera house for one season and personally guarantee it against losses The offer was made ina letter to MET Board Chairman George A Sloan who said he would ar range a meeting with Rose Rose said he wanted to clean house and introduce a bit of stream lining that would find favor with music lovers Meanwhile Sloan announced he would meet Thursday with heads of the 12 theatrical unions whose wage demands forced cancellation of the METs fall season The American guild of musical artists has given assurances that until after Sept 6 no outside com mitments will be made for singers who normally perform for the MET in case a settlement can be made with the unions before that date Jerusalem War Scene Heaviest Fighting Since Truce Began Jerusalem and ar tillery resounded from to dawn Wednesday heaviest fighting here midnight the the in since U N cease fire was imposed Count Folke Bernadotte the mediator who said he was going to get tough in order to stop the shooting was here and heard it all The U N officer has put 50 more American and French ob servers on the job in an effort to restore peace A Tel Aviv source close to the Israeli cabinet predicted new Jerusalem and its Arab quarters will be annexed to Israel within 2 weeks He said the cabinet al ready has decided secretly to take the step The Arabs hold the old city which is about a fourth of the total area The unofficial battle reached its height in Jerusalem around 3 a m Rifle shots and automatic fire broke out by the thousand Artillery seemingly from a dis tance was audible throughout the city White and green flares lit up the sky so Arabs and Jews could spot their foes Bernadotte after another warn ing to leading Jewish and Arab representatives spent the night at a house on neutralized Mt Scopus east of central Jerusalem He planned to leave Palestine late Wednesday for headquarters on Rhodes Col Frank Begleyx chief U N observer in Jerusalem was to leave Wednesday for Lake to report on the local truce situation Dividends on Gl Insurance Announced Des Moines of an estimated in GI insurance dividends to Iowa World war II veterans will prob ably begin late next year or early in 1950 the veterans administra tion office said here Wednesday Officials said dividends will be payable on alt National Service Life Insurance policies that have been in force for 3 or more months The amount of the payment will be determined by the age of the insured the type and amount of the policy and the number of months the insurance was in force Dividends will go to some 260 000 veterans in Iowa the office said REPORTED DROWNED Tokyo Japan The U S army announced Wednesday that Recruit A J Jenkins son of Otis E Jenkins of Bancroft Iowa drowned Sunday while swimming at Kamakura Japan Say Moscow Talks Meet Obstacles Refusal of West to Abandon Separate German State Cited London of the western allies to abandon or post pone plans for a separate western German state was believed by re liable diplomatic sources Wednes day to be a major obstacle to agreement on another foreign ministers meeting The decision of the United States Britain and France to pro ceed with a western Germany in cluding incorporation of it in the Marshall plan and western union was reached after the last big 4 foreign ministers meeting broko up here in December 1947 It was the wests answer to Russias refusal to make any con cessions at the London meeting and the Soviets insistence upon using the meeting as a propa ganda sounding board But despite official secrecy and despite the progress the west claims to have made toward a western Germany western Euro pean recovery and a western mili tary union it is well established now that the secret talks in the kremlin this month are designed to resume 4power conferences on Germany Diplomats here said they could not imagine the holding a strong position in Ber to lift the blockade without a concession more sub stantial than agreement on Ber lin currency Miss Bentley Tells Russian Reward Says Husband Makes Her Walk Behind Him Miami Fla Her naval hero husband brought back cruel ideas about women from Germany Mrs Robert B Downes charged in a divorce suit which the courts granted Wednesday said in her complaint that when Downes returned from naval service he made her walk behind him because he had seen the cus tom in Germany and thought it an excellent thing Downes is now professor of ec onomics at the University of Mi ami During the war he was dam age control officer of the USS Franklin when it was struck by Japanese bombs off Kyushu He helped bring the stricken vessel to the Brooklyn navy yard later receiving the Navy Cross German Magnate to Be Tried by Neighbors UR Chief war crimes prosecutor Tel ford Taylor Wednesday charged 12 highrank ing and German Wehrmacht officers one admiral with planning and waging wars of aggression and ruthless murder He asked a 3man American tri bunal to convict them of war crimes Taylor castigated Field Marshal Wilhelm Von Leeb for not inter fering with Hitlers orders to kill all allied commandos and Russian commissars A verdict is expected next month Funeral Ship to Arrive Thursday San Francisco funer al ship Dalton Victory carrying the remains of 3961 World war II dead is scheduled to arrive here Thursday The Dalton Victory made stops at Manila Saipan and Honolulu Its arrival here will mark the re turn of 25000 bodies from the Pa cific area for final burial in the United States Westerners Freeze Ali Soviet Marks Symington Says Air Lift Can Operate on Big Scale in Winter Berlin western pow ers striking back in the Berlin economic war froze all eastern Russiansponsored mark ac counts in western sector banks Wednesday The 3 western military govern ments sent an order to the city government to instruct central of fices of Berlin banks that no transfers from accounts in the western sector branches may be effected without express approval of the military government A statement said the action was necessary because the Deutsche noten bank created by the soviet military administration as a bank of issue for soviet zone currency had refused to release accounts of firms in western Berlin unless the firms promised to do business only in east marks The western military govern ments have been forced to aid firms in their sectors by arranging for credits in western currency to meet wages and salaries An official British statement said The purpose of this order is to emphasize that no unilateral order from soviet authorities can relieve the city government of its obliga tion to meet all of its budgetary commitments in the western sec tors of Berlin Earlier W Stuart Symington U S secretary for air said the air lift supplying blockaded western Berlin could operate on a big scale through the winter if neces sary Frost Patterson to Head Iowa Legionnaires in 48 DCS Monies son Fontanelle was elected de partment commander of Iowas 110000 Legionnaires Wednesday after the 1st floor contest for the post at a state convention in 16 years The 50yearold Fontanelle grocer defeated George R White Marshalltown 2087 to 1090 His election was then made unanimous Patterson was the choice of the convention nominating committee But Whites supporters nominated him on the floor Don Hemmingsen Algona who seconded Whites nomination asked if the Legion is preaching JOO per cent Americanism why havent we had an election in the last 16 years The last floorcontested election for department commander was at Fort Dodge in 1932 when W Earl Hall Mason City was elected The convention accepted all of the nominating committees rec ommendations for other offices There were no other contests Besides Patterson the nominat ing committees choices included Vice J Cord well Muscatine Nick Xidis Clin ton Jack Swink Montezuma Dale E Boyd Pocahontas and Theodore Murphy Ida Grove J Laird Algona Rev Leo McCoy Fort Dodge H Boyce Mason City Sergeantat E Decker Ames There were no invitations for the site of the 1949 convention The executive committee was slated tomame a place and date FROST PATTERSON State Representative Dies in Iowa City Iowa City Rep Frank J Krall 64 of Iowa City serving his first term in the Iowa house of representatives died Wednesday in a hospital here aft er an illness of stveral weeks A retired farmer he entered the hospital Monday and lapsed into a coma late Tuesday He ob served his 64th birthday last Thursday Truman Signs Loan for UN Headquarters Washington Truman Wednesday signed legis lation authorizing a loan for erection of United Na tions headquarters in New York The measure Mr Truman snid demonstrates the United States faith in a peaceful future He called it another example of the solidarity of the American people behind a bipartisan for eign policy to strengthen the U N and the cause of world peace and security Some Butchers Feel Pinch in Buyer Strike By UNITED PRESS Some butchers admitted frankly Wednesday that organized price strikes were hurting their busi ness but many claimed that con sumer resistance already had cut sales to the bone Irving Heit proprietor of the Sheepshead Foodland Mar ket in Brooklyn said the York strike is effective all right Theres no use staying open he said All butchers ought to close down until prices drop Ive been operating at a loss for the last 3 months People cant afford to buy so they only come in once a week anyway Price control and rationing is the only remedy He said business has fallen 50 per cent since the strike started 2 days ago The manager of the Kingsway Meat and Poultry mar ket in New York reported a 20 per cent drop Mrs Bess Sniderman chairman of the Detroit committee to com bat high prices said butchers re ported their sales off as much as 50 per cent since the committee began striking with the support of civic groups veterans organiza tions and labor unions She said housewives were planning to ex tend the boycott to milk purch ases Marshall Hits Danube Control Although superstition is gradu ally dying out in the United States many hotel rooms steamship cab ins and houses sometimes skip the unlucky number 13 LAYING TRACKS ON 13TH STREET and St L crewmen are shown above laying aiding tracks on the 13th street N E viaduct The picture taken from the side shows the main line tractf in the background com pleted some weeks ago Siding tracks are shown branching CloboGnzctte Photo off to the right connecting with the Jacob E Decker and Sons plant One will reach the Mason City water plant Af ter the laying of these is completed a temporary trestle can be removed and the viaduct completed for street traffic below Washington of State George C Marshall asserted Wednesday that Russias propos als for future commerce on the Danube river are calculated to tie up the waterway for her own and her satellites use He said it seemed clear to this government that Russia and her satellites were seeking to gain con trol on the Danube at the expense of the general restoration of pros perity in Europe Marshall told a news conference that t h i s government can not agree to the proposed soviet con trols which could be utilized to obstruct free commerce on the Danube Democrats in 3 States Pick Candidates By The Associated Press South Carolina Arkansas and Idaho democrats appeared to have their nominees all picked Wed nesday for major November po litical contests Candidates for at least one of South Carolinas 3 contested con gressional posts seemed headed for runoff elections but Senator Burnet R Maybank held a 10000 vote majority over 4 competitors for his senate seat with returns almost complete In as in South Carolina democratic nom ination means almost certain elec tion in Springs Prosecutor Sidney S McMath 36 took a lead over former Attorney General Jack Holt in the race for governor Senator John J Mc Clellan was renominated without opposition Idahos senatorial candidates of both parties were nominated with no opposition They are the pres ent republican senator Henry C Dworshak and state supreme court justice Bert H Miller The South Carolina primary was highlighted by the heaviest Negro voting in years as the re sult of a recent federal court de cision which admitted Negroes to membership in the democratic party Says Soviet Office Gave Her Subcommittee to Go to New York for Samarin interview Washington T Bentley said Wednesday that Ana tol Gromov 1st secretary of the soviet embassy gave her and told her she had been awarded the red star for her services as a spy on the American government Miss Bentley told the house un American activities committee that the payoff took place on the New York waterfront on Oct 17 1945 while she was under surveillance by FBI agents At that time she said she knew Gromov only as Al No 1 Witness Miss Bentley has been the No 1 witness in a congressional in vestigation of alleged red under grounds and soviet spy rings in the capital She said she made periodic trips from New York to pick up wartime military secrets gathered by various government employes for Russia At the time of the Russian pay off which has been confirmed by the FBI she had renounced the communists and told the FBI her story But she was pretending still to be working for the reds Before she returned to the stand the committee 1 Announced that a subcom mittee will go to New York Thursday to question 2 Russian Mikhail Samar in and his have re nounced their homeland and of fered to tell what they know about soviet designs on the rest of the world 2 Heard Henry H Collins Jr former government employe deny he ever was an agent of a foreign government Collins refused on constitutional grounds to say whether he is a communist Whit taker Chambers former commun ist now employed by Time maga zine had testified a prewar red underground here met in Collins apartment Collins insisted he did not know Chambers But he re fused to say whether the under ground met in his home Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy with little change in temperature through Thursday Some chance of thundershowers again Wed nesday night Low Wednesday night 60 High Thursday 86 cloudy Scattered thunderstorms in Iowa Partly showers or northwest and extreme west portions Wednesday or Thurs day Not much change in tem perature Low Wednesday night 6568 Minnesota Party cloudy with no important change in tempera ture Wednesday night and Thursday Widely scattered thundershowers west portion Thursday afternoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum go Minimum 63 At 8 a m Wednesday 73 YEAR AGO Maximum 95 Minimum QQ Thurmond Speaks at Texas Rally Houston Tex J Strom Thurmond of South Carolina states rights nominee for president Wednesday said he be lieves he will receive more elec toral college votes than President Truman We didnt get as early a start as the other candidates we have hopes of making up a lot of lost tune Thurmond told a news con ference He estimated he will receive more than 100 electoral votes Thurmond and his vice presi dential running mate Governor Fielding Wright of Mississippi Wednesday night are to make formal acceptance speeches for their nominations at a Texas states rights rally here Emmetsburg Woman Dies After Crash Emmetsburff Frank Overmeier 69 of Pocahontas died at a hospital here late Tues day of injuries suffered in an auto accident Sunday on highway 17 south of Plover Riding with her husband Mrs Overmeier was thrown through the top of the ca when an auto driven by Paul Fickbohm of Emmetsburg col lided with the rear of the Over meier car according to Pocahontas county officers Mr Overmeier is still in a serious condition at the hospital here SAME 294 BUek meaui traffla la not Ecuador supplies Chinchona bark rubber and light balsa wood necessary in the manufacture of airplanes ;