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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 22, 1949, Mason City, Iowa DAILY PAPER NORTH IOWAS EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY AUGUST 22 1949 This Paper Consists of Two No 271 One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor In the Land of Make Believe IN the past 20 years Ive made a half dozen visits to the movie studios in Metro Goldwyn Mayer Warner Brothers and 20th CenturyFox My interest in the making of movies alas is greater than my interest in the finished product even though Im quite a movie fan Often before my first visit to a movie lot not long after the advent of sound pictures I had been warned that my enjoyment of the movies would be greatly reduced if I sat in on a produc tion and saw at close range how the movie people fool the public with their optical illusions In the practical working out of things just the reverse has been true My interest in the screen has been stepped up by my exposure to some of the ex tremely clever means employed by the Hollywood experts to make things appear as something which they are not Its an I admire true art Not What They Seemed On my last visit to the 20th CenturyFox lot I was taken into the great building where all of the gadgets used in the filming of Betty Grables Beautiful Blond From Bashful Bend were in course of construction There were frying pans and butcher knives all of rubberized plastic and looking more like pans and knives than the real thing Nobody was going to be hurt by being bashed with a fry ing pan In one of the sequences an ac tor stepped on a rake with the results that always occur when one steps on a But it was only apparently Ac tually the rake both tines and handle were of the same pliable material On a half acre sized pond on the lot nearby a crew of perhaps 30 workers were busy towing a tiny fishing ship model forth and back Wind machines were creat ing little waves on the surface of the water All for 5 Seconds of Film Bf RT HARWOOD Former Editor Dies Suddenly Clarion Burt Harwood 78 former editor of the Wright County Monitor died Sunday eve ning of a heart attack Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p m at the Congregational church He was born Jan 29 1871 at Forest City and came to Clarion at the age of 8 when his father J C Harwood purchased the Monitor Burt bought an interest in the paper in 1892 and became the owner in 1898 Mr Harwood continued as editor and publisher until March 1 1940 when he retired He was a charter member of the Rotary club and a director of the First National bank Survivors include the widow and one daughter Mrs N J Weber of Forest City A son Burt E Harwood preceded him in death Letter From Serviceman New Evidence in 5 Per Cent Probe Washington A secret letter beginning Deal Pop is shedding new light on the perfume oil and home freezer aspects of the 5 per center inquiry Senator Mundt RS Dak said Monday The letter was written by a former member of the armed services to his father who turned it over to Mundt The South Dakota lawmaker is a member of the special senate subcommittee checking on whether improper influence has figured in the handling of government business Mundt declined to discuss contents of the letter in any detail He did describe it as a significant eyewitness account of some thing which took place which ap pears to have an Important bear ing on matters we have been in vestigating He added The letter ties in with the whole chain of events dealing with the presentation of home freezers to prominent people in Washing ton and the subsequent activities of representatives of the perfume company which paid for the freez ers Mundt said the youth who wrote he letter either will be called to estify at the senate public hear ngs to be resumed Tuesday or be questioned privately At the far end of the pond was a giant blue curtain a half block long and perhaps 75 feet high That was the sky The water in the pondalongsidethis backdrop pouring over an open edge falls like Why So that there would be the illusion of a limit less horizon All day long that crew tugged and hauled at the miniature fish ing boat while the wind machines roared and the camera men cranked Time after time the sails would flatten out just at the wrong time The fruit of that long day of labor was a little sequence of not to exceed 5 seconds in the new release Down to the Sea in Ships featuring Lionel Barry more and little Dean Stockwell It showed the fishing boat full size moving to the fishing grounds off New Bedford Mass One Little Example The infinite care and patience exercised by the makers of our movies to create a perfect illusion was impressively exemplified in this tedious procedure which must be multiplied at least 100 times in the production of any worthy movie But I hasten to add in case Ive created a wrong impression that I do not regard the movies as anywhere near perfect To the contrary Ive long felt that the technical aspects of the industry too often outrun the broad con cepts and general intelligence be hind il In this connection Im think ing of my first visit to a Holly wood studio It was Paramount and the picture in production was one featuring that old deadpan comic Stuart Ervin and the then more or less beautiful Sue Flem ing Sound was then something rath er new and novel and I well re member how thoroughly we were briefed before entering the studio on the necessity for absolute quiet We could breathe ol course but we mustnt cough He Learned About Women We watched a living room se quence of perhaps a half minute and then came back home to wait for the movie that we had seen in the making Thats al ways interesting It was an easy title to remember The Book worm Turns For weeks then months we waited and watched for the show to reach our theater We scanned the theater pages each day and even watched the theater mar quees We didnt want to take a chance on missing it At long last we bputied a play featuring Stuart Ervin and Sue Fleming But it wasnt The Bookworm Turns Somewhere along the line some wise person in the Paramount organization concluded that there was no box office appeal in that title It was changed to He Learned Abou Women Thats why its so firmly in mj thinking that Hollywood isn perfect It can be awfully duml CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 4 Injured in Crash Near Mason City Two Mason Cityans and a Roch ester Minn woman were in Mercy hospital here Monday as the result of an automobile colli sion 3 miles north of Mason City late Sunday afternoon Most seriously hurt was Mrs Frank Prezak 1430 Madison N W who has internal and back in juries Her condition was reported as fair Monday Steve Alambis 722 6th S W was reported in good condition with severe head injuries Mrs Henry Swival Rochester Minh also was in good condition Monday but has severe lacerations of the leg and severe head injur ies according to hospital atten dants Mr Swival was released from the hospital Sunday evening after treatment for head injuries The accident happened accord ng to state highway patrolmen vhen John Oftedahl 722 6th W driver of Alambis car at empted to make a left turn across ighway 65 into the driveway Turkeys Unlimited The south jound Swival car crashed into the ther the officers said Both were badly damaged Pair to Die for Slaying of Widow New York Mrs Martha Beck 29 and Raymond Fernandez 34 Monday were sentenced to die n the electric chair the week o Oct 10 for the murder of Mrs Janet Fay 66 Albany N Y widow Neither defendant displayed any emotion as Supreme Court Jus tice Ferdinand Pecora pronounced sentence Mrs Beck attempted to smile but the expression on her face appeared to be more of a sneer Fernandez was calm He was sentenced first He walked away From the bench glanced at Mrs Beck smiled and said something His voice was so low however hat it was apparent to thosenext to him that Mrs Beck did not hear what he said Charles Cityan to Head Baptist Group Iowa Falls Dr J W Ca vett of Charles City is the newly elected chairman of the Iowa Council of Bnptist Men He suc ceeds Harry H Miller ol Sioux City Also elected at the annual 2day laymens retreat were Charles R Wilhclm Davenport vice chair man Henry Brandt Des Moines secretary and Ralph Benson JeC fcrson treasurer Gabrielson Will Visit Iowa Home Sioux Rapids George Gabrielson recently named chair man of the republican national committee will visit his birthplace Sept 21 Gabrielsons acceptance of Withholds Names Mundt declined to name the boy or his father He said the letter vas prompted by accounts of the nvestigation which appeared in the newspapers during the last few days The committee has been told hat 7 home freezers presented to Vlaj Gen Harry H Vaughan and other Washington notables in 1945 were paid for by the Albert Ver ey Co a Chicago perfume oil firm Vaughan who is President Tru mans military aide will testify Wednesday He has said the reezers were given to him by David Bennett head of the Verley company and Harry Hoffman whose Milwaukee eidvertising firm handles the Verley account Kept One Unit Vaughan said he kept one of the units and turned the others over to friends One went to Mrs Tru man at the summer white house in Independence Mo The committee also has received estimony that likewise in 1945 Hoffman John Maragon and a 3rd Verley company agent got govern ment clearance for a business trip Paris in an army plane They arrived on the heels of liberating troops Maragon has had various Wash ington connections he lists Vaugh an as a good friend The official records of the senate committee include testimony that Maragon an his return from Paris tried to oring through customs a quantity of valuable perfume essence dis guised as 4 bottles of champagne Lucas Demands Changes for Farm Programs Washington Senate Demo cratic Leader Lucas Monday de manded drastic changes in the governments pricesupport pro grams and bills pending before congress The Illinois senator said he favors limiting government price supporting loans and purchases to a few basic or major crops such as corn wheat cotton and others on which planting and market ing controls can be operated He said Secretary of Agricul ture Brannan should have broad authority to support prices of all other nonbasic commodities such as meats dairy products fruits and less important crops with broad standards set by con gress Unless congress cuts back the present farmprice support pro grams to a few basic crops Lucas told reporters Peolc will be so bitter that well break the whole federal farm program down The senate leaders blast came after a meeting of the senate agri culture committee of which he is a member At this hearing Secretary Bran nan gave qualified support to a compromise plan by Senator An derson DN Mex But he twice refused requests by 2 republican senators Hickenlooper of Iowa and Young of North Dakota to express his preference between the Anderson compromise and a housepassed bill Cars Cloth Top Saves 2 Austin Women From Fire Fort Dodpc fP Two elderly Austin Minn vomen escaped burning to death Sunday because the car in which they were riding was 20 years old Sheriff Joe L McMahon said the 1929 Essex overturned in a ditch on highway 20 east of here and caught fire Rescuers were able to cut open the cloth top of the an cient car and get the women out The women Mrs Almeda Davi son 84 and her daughter Cora HARVEY INGHAM Ingham 90 Des Moines Editor Dies DCS Moines Ing ham 90 one of the last of the old time picturesque personal edi tors in America died Sunday at a Des Moines hospital where he had been a patient since last Feb 14 Ingham retired formally in 1943 after 60 active years an Iowa edi tor the last 40 as editor of the Des Moines Register and Tribune Until shortly before he entered a hospital with the kidney and stomach disorder which caused his death Ingham continued to come regularly to the office He held title editoremeritus after his 1943 retirement Ingham and the late Publisher Gardner Cowles Sr built the tottering Des Moines Register and Leader into the nationally known Register and Tribune He had edited a weekly paper at Algona for 20 years before entering the daily field in Des Moines in 1902 Inghams editorials were known for their qualities of independence tolerance and breadth of view The range of his knowledge and interests was wide and he fre quently amazed technical audi ences with his grasp of special fields Ingham was born near Algona in a log cabin and received his liberal arts and law degrees from the University of Iowa in 1880 and 1881 His widow and 2 of his 3 sons survive him Funeral services will be held at 2 p m Tuesday in Plymouth Con gregational church here German Communist roup Backing Tito Small Girl Run Over by Truck Killed Runnclls Acting Coroner ack Lilly reported Monday that 7errie Rae Fitzsimmons years Id was killed accidentally Mon day when she was run over by a ruck in a farm yard near here Monday Dr Lilly said the child was struck by a truck driven by Glen owers on whose farm she was staying He said Powers was mov ng the truck in the yard and that Bowers believed the child to be on the porch at the time The girl was taken to a DCS VIoines hospital but was dead on arrival She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert B Fitzsim nones an invitation to speak here was re ceived Monday Gabrielson is coining to Iowa in connection with the GOP farm meeting to be held at Sioux City Sept 2425 63 were visiting in Fort Dodge They were reported in fair condi tion at Mercy hospital SCOTTISH COMEDIAN SICK Strathavcn Scotland Harry Lauder 79 the famed Scot tish comedian was rcportcc critically ill Monday at his homo near here He has been in pooi health for some lime Truman Asks Quick Okay on Arms Bill Speaks at VFW Golden Jubilee Convention in Miami Miami Fla Tru man pleaded Monday for fast ap proval of the full arms aid program as part of the price of peace He directly told critics of the plan in call ing any peace with freedom and justice cannot be bought cheaply in a world made uneasy by soviet pressure And he described the goal as prevention of aggression We are not arming ourselves and our friends to start a fight with anybody the president said We are building our defenses so that we wont have to fight To Fly Back He spoke before the golden ju bilee convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars after an 822 mile flight here from Washing ton in the Independence the white house plane The president blamed Russian tactics in the United Nations and elsewhere for the need to arm friendly nations to resist aggres sion Russia the president declared has blocked every effort to es tablish an effective international police force and to free the world from fear of aggression For that reason he went on we have to join other friendly nations in forming regional de fense pacts Efforts of senate leaders to re store the the house slashed last week from the 990000 set aside for western Europe in the arms proposal were underway in Washington They faced opposition from a determin ed economy bloc and others who urged against voting the full sum until they are satisfied the nations to be helped will work together Condemns Communism The president condemned com munism for its false claim tha it satisfies the universal desire for a better life Instead he said it lured men by false promises back to tyran ny and slavery The president made no reference to the plight of communistcon trolled China A new American policy concerning that country in course of study at the state de partment But he said the Philippines anc Korea the 2 young republics in the Far East need military as sistance if they are to maintain their national Weother Report FORECAST Mason City Sunny and warmer with a high near 82 Clear Monday night with a low near 50 Partly cloudy and warmer Tuesday High 88 Iowa Fair Monday night and Tuesday warm Tuesday Low Iowa Falls Man Drowning Victim Montgomery Minn Mauderer 46 Iowa Falls John Iowa Candidates for Hobo King rather for Caucus at Britt POLLY ELLEN PEP Queen Arrives 0 T Balmat 68 Dies Here O T Balmat 68 of 603 N Third Clear Lake died Sunday at a local hospital following an ill ness since Jan 1 Funeral services will be held at the chapel of the VIcAuley and Son funeral home Tuesday at p m with the Rev Guy W Carrell of the Chris tian church of Clear Lake offici ating Mr Balmat was born Jan 27 1881 at Monroe Wis He moved with his family to Nora Springs where he was married to Millie Pearl Noah Dec 24 1902 First Bookkeeper He was the first bookkeeper for the Jacob E Decker and Sons company Later he farmed near Carpenter returning to Mason City in 1904 where he raised blooded stock until 1919 At that time he went into highway construction work which he continued until 1930 In 1930 he entered the imple ment sales and road machinery business and in 1935 moved to California He returned to the Ma son CityClear Lake area in 1945 upon his retirement Mr Balmat was a member of the Christian church of Clear Lake arid Verity Lodge 250 AF and AM consistory of Des Moines Family Survives Surviving are his wife Mrs O T Balmat Clear Lake daughter Mrs E M Duesenberg Clear Lake and grandchildren Arlen Dick and Jane Duesenberg Clear Lake and a sister Mrs Don Mc Peak Rochester Minn and a number of nieces and nephews He was preceded in death by a son Wayne in 1921 and by a brother Bertram in 1898 at Nora Springs and his parents Interment will be at Elmwood cemetery The McAuley and Son funeral home is in charge By CLARA MAD SON imposing list of candi dates vieing for the coveted office of king of hobodom gathered to hold a caucus at the Britt Mem orial park Monday afternoon to get their names on the official ballot to be used at the 11 a jn election Tuesday morning Box Car Myrtle of Burlington flew in a a m Sunday land ing at the George Barker airport The reigning queen Polly Ellen Pep got in Friday on the Mil waukee from her headquarters in Cuba N Y Both contenders are housed at the Allison hotel Is Queens Rival Another rival for the queens crown perhaps is Sylvia Davis who has done some hitchhiking across the coast and into Canada recently She is one of those writ ing hoboes and had an article about the Britt hobo convention published in an April issue of the Christian Science Monitor A telegram arrived Monday morning from Hobo Ben Benson the present title holder of king of hoboes saying he would be un able to come Candidates seeking to replace him are varied Skeets Simmons who wrested the crown from Ben back in 1946 the first year the convention was revived after the war drove in from Detroit in an old 1929 Buick Another former king King boat in which he was riding on Clear Lake near here capsized Seven other Iowa Falls residents in the boat including 3 children were rescued Mauderer was va cationing here Monday night 65 west 5458 east 58 Minnesota Fair south and partly cloudy with a few scattered thundershowcrs north Monday night and Tuesday Cooler near Canadian border Tuesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics of the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Monday Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Monday 81 53 66 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 90 55 GlobeGazette weather statistics of the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Sunday Maximum 79 Minimum 44 At 8 a m Sunday 61 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 94 61 3 North lowans in Hospital With Polio Iowa hospitals morning polio bulletin listed 3 cases from North Iowa admitted and diagnosed Monday The new patients all in fair condition are Dennis Seefelt 12 son of Lean der Seefelt Wesley Dorothy Kuhlmann 22 North wood Mrs Arclilh Johnson 18 New Hampton Senate Successor Named for McGrath rrovidentie R I L Leahy of Bristol was named Monday by Governor John Pastore as interim U S senator to replace J Howard McGrath newlyappointed general U S attorney Leahys appointment is effective at the close or senate business Tuesday McGrath is to be sworn into his new post on Wednesday Leahy a lawyer and tax expert said in a statement that he had no intention of becoming a candidate for the seat in 1950 VVCTU HEAD REELECTED Philadelphia D Leigh Qolvin Evanston III Monday was unanimously reelected president of the national Womans Christian Temperance Union She has held the office since 1944 David I of Ashland Nebr has also arrived John Prevatil travel ing sign painter of sorts and many times a candidate is there Dark Town Simmons Negro candidate from Fort Dodge has arrived as has Scoop Shovel Scotty Reports on Planks The host town reports all avail able planks put into use as bleach ers at the north end of Main Street where the campaigning will be gping in full blast up until election time early Tuesday morn ing The palade gets off at 10 a m Tuesday and the coronation will take place at a in with Emcee Hank Hook flying in in an army plane from Camp McCoy Wis where he is presently serv ing as aide to Brig Gen Hanford MacNider of the 103rd division He will return with the army pilot immediately after KGLO will broadcast the coronation cere monies King David I past king will take the place of the absent sov ereign in the parade Riding with him will be Queen Polly Ellen Pep The 1200 gallons of mulligan stew are already in preparation with Chef Cannonball Baker of Portland Ore at the pot in tha hobo jungle Newspapers See Serious War Threat Soviet Press Radio Devote Much Space to Slav Relations By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Premier Marshal Tito of Yugo slavia drew surprise support from a group of German communists Monday This sign of the growing split in the ranks of world com munism came as Yugoslavias war of words with Russia reached a new pitch of intensity A Russian note to Belgrade at the weekend threatened to take effective measures to protect soviet citizens in Yugoslavia Re plying the Yugoslav communist newspaper Borba accused the kremlin of using those citizens as spies British newspapers quickly noted the similarity between the stern tone of the soviet note and he language used by Hitler before he sent the German army into action a decade ago They said the Russian xnote sounded like the worst threat of war since 1939 Typical was the comment of the London Daily Mail It said the acute hositility between the Yugo slav and Russian governments has reached such a pitch that an outbreak of war would not be astonishing Calmer Views British diplomatic officials in London took a calmer view Ap parently on the basis of informa tion received from their embassy in Belgrade the British sources ruled out the likelihood that Ti tos dispute with the kremlin would lead to a shooting war They said they thought Mos cow was bluffing and was trying to make Yugoslavia think she faces an attack The concern of the kremlin itself over its relations with Tito ap parently was reflected in the soviet press and radio which devoted much space and time to foreign reactions to the soviet note Half of Pravdas foreign news page was taken up witrTdispatches from abroad on the subject Sample headlines in the official soviet communist party newspaper were Titos clique conducting secret negotiations with Vatican Traitorous deal of the Tito clique with Greek monarchist CBS to Seek Court Ruling on Giveaways New York Columbia Broadcasting System announced Monday it will seek a court test of the Federal Communications Com mission ban on giveaway pro grams A statement by Frank Stanton CBS president said the FCCs authority to impose the ban is open to serious question Although CBS has only 2 spon sored network programs which appear to be affected by the re cent FCC rules relating to give away programs Columbia intendE to join with other broadcasters in seeking a judicial review of these rules Stanton said The American Broadcasting company already has announced it will fight the FCC ruling which was issued in Washington Friday on the grounds that giveaway programs violated the lottery laws fascists Tito has been feuding with the kremlin for more than a year His government was thrown out of the Moscow directed cominform communist international informa tion bureau for nationalistic devi ations from what Russia regards as orthodox communism Fear Tito Independence One of the kremlins fears is that Titos show of national inde pendence will spread to other eastern European countries in the soviet sphere and to communist parties elsewhere This fear is shown by Moscows insistence that Tito must bend a knee and admit his mistakes Titoism now has taken root in Germany German communists who hate Russia formed a new splinter party Monday and promptly sent the Yugoslav lead er a message of support RussianYugoslav relations worsened last June when Rusr sia ceased backing Yugoslav claims to Austrian territory at the Paris meeting of the Big 4 for eign ministers Russia double Yugoslavia says crossed her in Hickenlooper Favors Cut in Arms Aid Washington Hick enlooper RIowa Monday joined in a senate drive to trim the sought by the ad ministration to finance a foreign arms aid program Hickenlooper a member of the foreign relations committee said he thought the European countries could get along with substantially less money than Secretary of State Acheson and military leaders have asked congress for He didnt say he would go as far as the house did last Friday It slashed the tagged by the administration for North 495000 or just half the original amount There was speculation that the houses action would force the administration into some kind of compromise This might take the form of accepting the house figure insofar as cash is concerned and trying for as much more as can be obtained in authority to enter con tracts which would be paid forin later appropriations Senator Vandenberg ranking GOP member of the for eign relations committee already has asked that the figure for tho Atlantic Pact nations be trimmed to an even He also Atlantic pact partners to suggested that some of the first years financing be in the form of contract authorization Senator Dulles another GOP foreign policy leader has joined Vandenberg in the 000000 figure Senator George DGa a for eign relations member had recom mended prior to the house action that tho administration request for North Atlantic pact members be halved The house position also won endorsement from 2 other southern democrats Senators Rus sell DGa and Byrd DVa Both are members of the senate armed service committee which jointly is considering the program with the foreign relations group order to get the western powers to agree to soviet claims to Ger man assets in Austria Russia contended Titos govern ment had long ago given up on the idea of getting Austrian territory to settle war claims but had wished to place the responsibility for the decision in Moscows lap INJURIES FATAL Cedar Rapids suffered in a carpickup truck collision at a country road in tersection proved fatal Saturday night to Edward Upah 67 of El beron He died in a Cedar Rap ids hospital SAME Blick traffic deaih in 24 houn ;