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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 5, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THB HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETT THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKiS ALL NORTH IOWANS E HOME EDITION NEIGHBORS Associated nd United Press Full Lease wires One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor The Texas Accent is on BIGNESS T HAD the feeling that my geo graphical environment was high ly appropriate recently when I clambexed about the vast and awe inspiring insides of an army B36 airplane It happened in Texas Everything is big in Texas Thats what Im going to visit with you about in this commen tary Well start with this giant bird known as th B36 and move along as we have time to other fields m which the Lone Star state pursues her ideal of bigness My first glimpse of the B36 was In the great plant of the Consoli dated Vultee Aircraft corporation at the outskirts of Fort Worth In a building just short of a mile long and correspondingly wide I saw a large number the planes in various stages of construction on the assembly line 170 B36s on Order The United States air force has ordered 170 of these farranging bombers for its strategic air com mand the global striking force prepared to conduct longrange operations in any part of the world at any time I came into the rambling brick structure at about the midway point in the milelong assembly line and walked along past the planes for a half mile Before I had arrived at the end of the line I wished for one of the bicycles which are used by workers with a roving assignment I cant tell you too much about what I saw for 2 reasons One is that Im not sure enough about information information The other is that because Im an admitted novice theres a good chance that what I might teU you if I tried to go into detail would be wrong Assembly Line Techniques Suffice it to say that many of the assemblyline techniques which previously I have observed in the Ford plant at Detroit and the Olds plant at Lansing Mich have been taken over and adapted to airplane construction at Fort Worth One of my companions on long assemblyline trek vyas the fabulous Amon Carter publisher of the Fort Worth StarTelegram and Citizen No 1 in that section of Texas He recalled an interest ing little story about the wartime erection of this building in which the giant bombers are now being built Up in Oklahoma either at Tulsa or Oklahoma City and I cant re member which a plant had been erected on government specifica tions for the building of airplanes Then the order came through for a structure of exactly the same di mensions for Fort Worth They Fudged 6 Inches Five Cents a Copy Nations Coal Mines Are Back in Business Monday Pittsburgh AP The nations soft coal mines were fter one 01 the briefest MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 5 1949 mmr Check 4th Poisoning in Family Sidney UR Authorities Mon day checked a possible 4th poison mg in the family of a bespectacled 22 year old left wing intellectual held on a murder charge The 4th suspected poisoning was not fa the restraints on about construction tal Lyman Elefson who made a bril liant scholastic record in high school and at the University of Iowa awaited hearing Dec 12 on a first degree murder charge in the death of his grandfather Alonzo L Rhode 75 Tabor last April 26 Also under investigation were the deaths of his grandmother Mrs Lucy Ann Rhode 72 and his mother Mrs Winifred Elefson 47 Mrs Rhode died May 31 1948 and Mrs Elefson last Aug 22 Authorities said the bodies of Mr and Mrs Rhode were ex humed after suspicion was aroused by young Elefsons alleged insist ence that his mothers body be cremated within 2 hours after her death and his refusal to permit an autopsy Her body was cre mated Examination showed Rhode definitely died of arsenic poi soning they said A report on the examination of Mrs Rhodes body was not yet available Elefson was arrested last week on an information signed by his uncle Wayne Rhode Tabor Peer ing through blackrimmed glasses he has steadfastly denied knowledge of the poisonings Bowles Appoints Former Partner to Senate Seat Hartford Conn Chester Bowles Monday appointed his one time advertising partner William Benton of Southport to any the be States senator Benton an independent in poli tics immediately announced he would sit on the democratic side of the senate when he takes the place of Raymond E Baldwin re publican who is resigning effec tive Dec 17 The appointment of Benton long had been rumored hard hit financially by 3 previous 1949 began to fill the mines at a m p m under a new 3day week schedule ordered by their union chief John L Lewis The big 7 a m shifts reported in strength in western Pennsyl vanias bituminous belt There were no reports of a continua tion of last veeks overnight strike In the 9 days before Christmas each can earn about That is based on their average daily wages of That with some back pay they have coming for work done be fore last week means theyll en joy Christmas Even if some dig gers are broke or short of money the company stores guarantee they can buy food and toys for Christ mas Though the miners are happy over prospects of working most of them are anxious to get back on a 5day week Its almost cer tain Lewis wont order such a week until he has finally reached a contract with industry And top operators show no indication of giving in Top operators havent budged since Lewis contract ran out last June 30 They maintain they cant afford to increase wages And they want Lewis to tighten up the welfare and pension fund which has been financed entirely by the 20centaton royalties the o erators pay for all coal mined The only report of a break in the stalemate has come from a small group of small Kentucky operators They are truck mine operators who employ only about BOO diggers It is reported the Kentuckians are considering signing a contract with Lewis this week If they do theyll go on a 5day week The truck operators insist they op have to work break even a full week to By a special brand of phenagling which only this amazing Texas would be the master Mr Carter persuaded the builders to expand the joints of the metal girdings in such a way that the completed structure turned out to be 6 inches longer than its twin in Oklahoma This chuckled Mr Carter made it possible for us to boast truthfully that Texas had the biggest airplane plant in the world I cite this little story because it is so characteristic and reflective of the accent on bigness you meet up with everywhere you go in Texas At a luncheon tendered to the 300 Associated Press managing editors I learned some most in teresting vital statistics about the B36 which has been so much in the news in recent months in connection with the running de bate between the air force and the other branches of the armed serv ices over how much reliance should be placed on the gigantic bomber Has 10000 Mile Range The most significant fact about the B36 is that it can carry a heavier load of bombs for a great er distance at a higher altitude than any other aircraftin exist ence Specifically it has a range of 10000 miles carrying a 10000 pound bomb load halfway At re duced range it can carry a maxi mum bomb load of 84000 The first B36s delivered to the force were powered by 6 push ertype engines each developing 3000 horsepower Now that 3500 horsepower engines are available those first planes are being re turned to the factory for new en gines and other modifications Almost a Block Wide The wingspan of the B36 is 230 much short of a city block in the average urban com munity Its length is 162 yardlength steps for me as I con ducted my own measurement The highest points of the B36 are 47 feet above the ground Gross weight is 326000 pounds According to the information of the Consolidated Vultee corporation the B36 can operate at an altitude in excess of 40000 feet and at a speed stated merely over 350 miles per hour That of course is where the starts between the air CONTINUED ON PAGE Z Odebolt Youth Dies in Automobile Crash Storm Lake Gosch Jr 16 an Odebolt high school student died in a hospital here Sunday of injuries suffered in an Automobile accident Melvin Lindner 19 a passenger suffered a possible broken back and other injuries Donald Soren son 19 also in the car was in jured slightly Patrolman Clark Gosch lost control which Trailer said was traveling about 90 miles an hour Trailer said the car came to a stop 445 feet from where it left the pave ment and rolled 175 feet The accident happened on high way 5 about 6 miles southeast of Storm Lake Trailer said of the car SAME Black flat means death In past 2i hours 5 Killed in Air Crash at Long Beach LojigBeach Cal Beech craft Bonanza airplane crashed and burned Monday at Long Beach municipal airport killing al 5 persons aboard Eyewitnesses said the planes motors started to cough and spit soon after takeoff and the plane pancaked on to the field and burst into flames The plane was owned by Bob Sanders 33 A CAA spokesman said it was believed Sanders was at the controls The field control tower reported others aboard as Hal Evans John Putnam and Cliff Boyden The 5th victim was unidentified AIL were believed to reside in the Long BeachLos Angeles area Andrew May in Federal Prison Ashland Ky Rep Andrew J May entered the fed eral correctional institution near here as a prisoner under convic tion for wartime bribery and con spiracy at a m Monday The 74 year old former chair man of the house military affairs committee was accompanied by U S Marshal John M Moore of east personal friend practiced as an attorney in his home city of Pres Experts See Little Peril of Inflation Truman Not Expected to Renew Demand for Emergency Powers Washington fp Warnings of inflation are fluttering again in the capital but most of the eco nomic lookouts discount any im mediate peril They see fairly steady prosperous sailing through out 1950 President Truman is not ex pected to revive his demands of a year ago for drastic standby antiinflation powers This is de spite the rise in credit to new peaks the firming of prices and the fall improvement in business and employment Government economists and some private experts report the re vival of an inflationary poten tial They base the report mainly on heavy inthered spending by the government and on the new round of wageandpension in creases See Little Change Yet few of them expect a major price whirl in the next 12 months The disinflation is not over for some important industries Many economists believe the longrange hazard is deflation A concensus of the forecasts might boil down to this Next year will be another year of high income and high produc tion on a level of prosperity not too unlike 1949 and not far below recordsmashing 1948 Inflation Warning Inflation warnings have been uttered by 2 bank presidents and other witnesses before Senator Douglas DI11 economic sub committee These have stirred speculation whether Mr Truman will again seek controls over prices wages commodity trading and materials allocation The decision if it is net already made will come in the next month as the president prepares his an nual economic message to the new session of congress Persons in close touch with vhite house planning say a new bid for controls is unlikely and even if one conies would be turned down by congress Thlii Paper ConsUti of Two No 41 Saw Atom Material Being Sent to Reds Christmas Cheer Solicitation1 Larger Need Boosts Cheer Funds Goal Nationalist Officials Are Beginning to Flee Chengtu Hong Kong Chiang KaiShek re sumed direction of Chinas nationalist government Monday while officials already began to flee Chengtu threatened by communist forces only92 miles away Chiang took over after Acting President Li TsungJen left Hong Kong on the leg of a flight to the United States ostensibly for medical treatment Lis plane departed at 9 a m and is due to arrive in San Francisco at 6 p m PST 8 p m Tuesday ern Kentucky a May who had tonsburg 60 miles iere since he was southeast of defeated for reelection 3 years ago had made elaborate plans to avoid newsmen SANTAS GRADUATED Hollywood suc cessful students were graduated rom a school for Santa Clauses Tuesday with diplomas guarantee ng they know how to apply rosy cheeks sing 12 Christmas carols and put out fires in their beards Seek Bandits After Big Haul of Narcotics Sioux Falls S Dak bandits got more than of narcotics from the Brown Drug Co wholesale establishment here Sunday night They kidnaped a company official and locked him in the vault after forcing him to open it In an audit wholesale value of the drugs taken was computed to total Monday police in 4 states were trying to find the armed trio be lieved to have made their getaway in a 1947 or 1948 model Buick automobile Richard R Brown vice presi dent of the company was locked in the safe for an hour before his father came to his rescue The trio cleaned out the com panys entire morphine and caine stock Brown informed lice Brown told officers he was ac costed in the driveway of his home at about p m by a middle aged man of medium height and slight build who leveled an auto matic pistol at him Brown was forced to drive in iis own car to the drug company Building in the business area and to open the front door A car with 2 men parked behind Browns car and one of the pair got out and joined the gunman The newcomer shielding his face vith a handkerchief then took over directing the robbery 3 years Christmas Cheer u n d goa has been set al Because of a co DO Tangerines are of he orange early varieties demo ntstratec need the quota is above last years 500 goal Despite a most careful admin istration of the fund by the Fam ily Service Inc the amount made available last year was inadequate to meet the needs 25th Solicitation This will be the 25th solicitation conducted by the GlobeGazette The annual adventure in applied Christianity was launched back in 1925 Every year has seen the fund sent over the top That will be the story everybody with an impulse to give translates the generous thought into a generous deed Theres a special blessing on those who GIVE EARLY With money on hand Miss Doris Bruce and her assistants are able to do their shopping early This reduces the chance of an empty stocking in any needy Mason City home Increase Asked Those who can are asked to step up their contributions at least in the proportion of to That means an increase of a third in the individual an in crease of a third in the number of givers The daily listing of contribu tions will be started in the next issue Unless there is a request for initials or full anonymity each donors name will be used with his contribution Large or small bring your gift to the GlobeGazettes business of fice or mail it to Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa Reports from Chengtu said Premier Yeh HsiShan threat ened to resign when Li refused his entreaties to return to Chengtu and take over active di rection of the government As a result the Kuomintang central standing committee met over the weekend and approved a motion to the effect that Chiang will resume the presidency while Li TsungJen States Chiang met is in the United with some of the top remaining officials in Chengtu it was understood he would go soon to Kunming and from there to his island fortress of For mosa The remaining nationalist offi cials in threatened Chengtu be gan a lightning evacuation when communist forces marching from Chungking captured Neikiang 92 miles southeast of Chengtu In view of the distance from Chengtu to Formosa the officials first were flown to Hainan island the nationalists last stronghold outside Formosa The communist drive on Chengtu was paralleled by othei communist drives through south west China which apparently were speeding forward without opposition A report from Chengtu said the last 100000 nationalist troops on the mainland had been with drawn into southern Kwangtung province and Liuchow peninsula preparatory to evacuating mainland for Hainan island the BURNED TO DEATH Sioux City Beacom 2 months old son of Mr and Mrs James Beacom burned to deatl in a fire in their apartment at the Sioux City airbase Saturday night Firemen said the fire started from an electric hotplate placed nea the babys crib Before it reaches Pittsburgh the entire flow of the Mononga hela river is used 19 times for cooling purposes by the steel mills and other industries located alonj its banks MIGHTIEST MILITARY is a closeup picture of the B36 plane alluded to by the GlobeGazettes editor in his One Mans Opinion commentary which appears in an adjoining column Mr Hall saw these planes being built on the assembly line of the worlds largest aircraft plant and inspected the plane froni nose to tail on the inside Larson Says No More Mass Raids Planned Des Moiues Gen eral Robert L Larson said Mon day no further mass raids are anticipated at present Larson said however that he ntends to tell sheriffs and coun ty attorneys in an address Tues lay at their convention here that he extensive mass raids in Des Moines and Polk county last Wed nesday will cut the pattern The attorney general who re turned Monday from an official business trip to New York said in attempt will be made to make conspiracy cases in as many in stances as possible as a result o the Des Moines raids We would like very much tc get the syndicate heads rea owners of these things Larsoi said in referring to the nearly 8 pinball machines seized in Polk county Larson added If they syndicates give u any trouble thats what it will be conspiracy If we can get the evidence there certainly will be conspiracy cases We are trying means by traps and other ge evidence of conspiracy Some o those hardest hit might protes and we hope they do Some of the machines probably v e r e owned by those in whose places they were picked up Collision of 2 Engines Fatal to One Waterloo collision of a switch engine and the engine of a 21car freight brought death Monday to a Cedar Rapids en gineer John Rose about 44 died en route to a hospital after the switch engine with which he was pushing a boxcar collided with a Rock Island freight which appar ently ran through an open switch The collision occurred on a sid ing Roses switch engine was de molished and the impact hurled the boxcar atop the roof of a nearby building The freight engine on which Pete Held of Cedar Rapids was engineer was damaged only slightly Neither Held Fireman J McCune of Cedar Rapids nor Conductor O C Dayton of Manly all of whom were on the freight were injured The wreck did not block the main line tracks Engineer Roses brother is re ported to have been killed in a similar accident involving 2 en gines several years ago Justice Leads More Raids in Des Moines Des Moines of the Peace Earl Rinehart faced a busy day Monday but he didnt take Former Air Force Major Testifies Investigator Says Evidence Does Not Implicate Hopkins Washington former air force major testified today he once found some Oak Ridge ma terial in a suitcase bound for Rus sia He said there was also a white house note signed H H saying had a hell of a time get ting these away from Groves The former officer was G Ra cey Jordan who has said the late H a r r y L Hopkins adviser to President Roosevelt gave hurry up orders for shipment of atomic materials to Russia in 1943 Jordan was befcxre the house unAmerican activities commit tees for expansion of the story he told last week on the radio Jor dan said he examined the suit case some time during the win ter of 194344 Signed H H The note signed H H he the day for it off Sunday to rest up The raiding justice led a party of raiders who swooped down on 4 Des Moines grocery stores and a cafetavern Seven persons were arrested Kent Leaves Estate of About Million Hollywood Atwater Kent left an estate valued at nearly executors of his will revealed Monday George Nolle and Harold Ash worth reported that income since Kents death on March 4 totaled bringing a net balarice on Oct 31 of Buy CHRISTMASs and the proprietors of all 4 places were charged with selling beer on Sunday Rinehart also filed sev eral other liquor law violation charges and charged one man Harold Conner with illegal pos session of gambling equipment at his place Rinehart was slated to appear in district court Monday for a hear ing on his petition to regain his class B beer permit The Polk county board of supervisors re iused to renew it contending Rinehart should not dispense both Jeer and tavern Following said was on white house station ary and he said he thinks it was addressed to a Mr Mikoyen whom he was told was one of 2 or 3 of the most important men in Russia 9ak Ridge Tenn was a major point at which the atomic bomb was developed The head of the atomic project was Gen Leslie Groves At the time he was opening Rus sian suitcases Jordan said he was stationed at an airfield at Great Falls Mont from which lendlease planes were ferried to Russia by way of Alaska Russell Testifies Before putting Jordan on the stand the committee got from its own senior investigator Louis J Russell testimony that the group has evidence of 3 shipments of atomic materials to Russia in 1943 Russell said he had no informa tion that Hopkins was connected with them in any way The information on 3 shipments of Abomb materials was not new A former member of the committee John McDowell Penn sylvania republican told the house and reporters about it last year grccery the boards action Rinehart threatened to close clown Des Moines gambling and began his raids The teletype modern telegraph transmitting typewriter had iL beginnings as far back as 1846 Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Increasing cloudiness Monday night with low abou 24 Tuesday mostly cloudy anc mild with high 45 to 50 Some chance of light rain in evening IOWA Increasing cloudines Monday night Tuesday mostl cloudy and warmer with rain likely west portion by night Low Monday night 2532 Minnesota Partly cloudy anc warmer Monday night Tuesday cl9udy and somewhat warmei with chance of rain or snow easl portion Low Monday night 1 northeast to 25 to 30 south west High Tuesday 35 northeast to 48 southwest IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics or the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Monday Maximum 39 Minimum 22 At 8 a m 23 YEAR AGO Maximum 54 Minimum 39 GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Sunday Maximum 43 Minimum 26 At 8 a m 27 YEAR AGO Maximum 55 Minimum 32 Shirley Temple Gets Divorce From John Agar Los Angeles Shirley Temple divorced John Agar Monday tes tifying that her marriage to the handsome actor was turbulent She accused him of paying too much attention to other women and of drinking too much Courtroom spectators gasped when the onetime child star tes tified that Agars conduct once forced her to leave their house and consider driving over a cliff She said that when she was 5 months pregnant Agar brought an other woman into her bedroom and urged her to go out to a party Frequently she said he left her alone in night clubs while he danced with other women and kissed them Also she declared Agar fre quently came home very drunk and with lipstick on his face Miss Temple 21 and Agar 28 were married in Beverly Hills Cal Sept 19 1945 while Agar was in the air force It was one of movsel ands big romantic events oo daufihter Linda 22 months The couple separated last Oct 12 the day before she sued for divorce France Gets First Unrationed Gasoline Paris gaso me was sold throughout France for the first time in 10 years Mon day scts i in different 2ones of the country de fending on the location of refiner es and port areas through which he fuel is imported The cabinet voted Saturday to ift gas rationing Colling All Boys and Girls You want to read the swell Christmas story bonto and the Magician The first chapter appears on Page 2 of this issue It was written for YOU ;