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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 9, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED fOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LV1 Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER 9 1949 This Paper Consists of Two One No 52 GlobeGazette photo UNTANGLES HIS MOST RECENT man R Merritt 109 2nd S E retired army major relaxes in his apartment after trying to figure out how a local barber had him cataloged as Maj Gen Leslie Groves head of the atomic project now busied with hearings in Wash ington Merritt found it difficult to pose as Groves whom he has never seen He also has been compared to the late Franklin D Roosevelt but denied any similarity on that also took time to deny any likeness to Gen Van denberg who was pictured on the cover of a large magazine recently with a sport shirt something like Merritt is wear ing here Barber Shop Mystery Solved General Does Not Live Here Lest there be any doubt left Herman Robert Merritt 109 2nd S E recently retired from the U S army is not Maj Gen Leslie R Groves U S atomic energy figure and as far as Merritt is concerned the similarity ends with closely knit mustaches Word from a local barber of those focal insti tutions from which much the worlds news had Merritt as Groves placed him in Mason City shortly before the Atomic hearings in Washington and had him buying a farm near Osage But Thursday Merritts not Groves reappearance at the bar ber shop cleared up the mystery He confirmed his residence in Ma son City and said it was true he was moving to a farm at Osage March 1 But as for the boost in rank he was a major now retired as a lieutenant colonel he thought it quite flattering speculation Wings Still on Coat How did the barber get the Groves idea Merritt thought back emphatically assured a reporter that he had not intended to be an impersonator of anyone His best guess was that the barber had seen the wings still on an army coat he wears and linked him with Groves about the time the latter was here for his Armistice day speech He said he also had been in the shop once in between Arm istice and Thursday At that time he told the barber whom he sus picioned was getting mistaken identity into his scissors that he was not Groves but apparently the barber thought this an atomic coverup The barber noticed his military bearing his moustache his near ness in height and age and refused to be led away from the Groves idea Actually Merritt has had only 7 years of service In World war I he was in the navy 2 years and he has spent 5 in War II as an AMG economics officer In between he was associated with the Goodrich Rubber company for 21 years Hes a native lowan born at Corydon and is a brother of W F Merritt of Osage The latter has been living on the 160 acre farm 51 miles north of Osage on high way 218 which Mr and Mrs Her man Merritt own and will occupy March 1 Herman Meiritt who served under General Eichelberger in the occupation of Japan doubts that Eichelberger or any other general could now call him by name The only recollection he has of Gen Groves is a story a GI told him in Oakland Cal The GI re lated how he had been a private Groves was a lieutenant the best lieutenant anybody ever had and one who wanted a winner in everything Once Mr Roosevelt That story always stuck in Mer ritts mind but he never gave heed to what the generals appearance might be Even Apartment Owner Nate Lapiner from whom Merritt rents his temporary residence con Radar Secrets Were Taught to Russians Washington secrets of Americas wartime detection and gunfire radar were taught to dozen Russian trainees at Fort Monmouth N J in 1944 when the U S and the Soviets were allies This was affirmed by the army in the wake of a controversy over whether the Russians re ceived radarequipped planes under lendlease Fort Monmouth is the signal corps training and development center near Red Bank So far as could be determined it was the only place where the army trained Russians in radar technique The army told reporters the Russians were trained in radar detection and tracing of low fly ing buzz bombs and aircraft radar artillery direction and IFF radar identification of planes as friend or foe The soviet training was related by the army in response to ques tions arising out of statements by former Air Force Major G Racey Jordan that at least one radar equipped C47 twoengine trans port plane went to the Russians unde lendlease Jordan said he removed radar from 4 soviet bound planes at Great Falls Mont The air force has said that C47 planes did not generally have mil itary search radar at the time Another instance of radarre moval from a lendlease C47 was related last night by former Air Force Colonel Frank H Collins of Washington Appearing on the program of Radio Commentator Fulton Lewis Jr Collins said he had ordered equipment removed from the plane in the spring of 1944 just before it was flown away by a Russian officer Truman Sees Eisenhower as Candidate President Plans to Answer Ike in State of Union Talk Key West Fla said Friday that President Truman regards Gen Dwight D Eisen hower as an active candidate for the presidency They added that he regards Eisenhowers recent hot dogs and beer speech as part of the former chiefof staffs buiidup The presi dent they continued will answer Eisenhower in his state of the union message to congress January Charles G Boss the presidents press secretary said that speech will fully expound the presidents phikrophies of government would not even discuss re ent speeches of Eisenhower now president of Columbia university Strictly Amateur Mr Trumans longtime feeling of admiration for Eisenhower as an army man and a builder of morale was emphasized by those who are close to him Butthese same persons say the president regards the exsoldier turned edu cator as strictly an amateur at politics Not even the closest daytoday conferees of the president can say whether he will seek nomination again in 1952 They are in agree ment only in that they feel he has not made a decision and wants to await developments in the months ahead Most of them tell reporters that he has been more than a little concerned by Eisenhowers recent speeches in which the gentrsl has appeared to line up with former Secretary of State James F Byrnes in criticism of the Truman fail deal Repeat Demands The president it was made clear here is drafting a state of the union message which will reiter ate his demands for a fair deal program It will emphasize the very proposals at which Eisen hower and Byrnes are directing their ammunition In a recent speech in New York Eisenhower said that a great many Americans have lost their tradi tional respect for the virtues of thrift and independence and arc seeking the illusion called se curity He added We want to wear fine shirts have caviar and champagne when we should be eating hot dogs and beer Putnam Named to Head NAM New York A Putnam a machinery manufacturer is the 1950 president of the Nationa Association of Manufacturers Putnam president of the Mark em Machine company of Keene N H succeeds Wallace F Ben nett president of a paint and var nish manufacturing company Sal Lake City Bennett will serve next year as chairman of the board of directors Putnam has been a director of the NAM for the past 6 years He also served this year as a mem ber of the associations executive committee PKEVIOUSLY HEPOKTED 3000 From Ann Marie Shelp juu Carol and Jimmy Tail o0 Police Auxiliary Association uofl From Snitch McGiUicuddy Emii Lubberl Saratoga a 5t James Lutheran Ladies Aid 4 III Mrs Ernest Nelson Mr and Sirs Albert E Walk and Family Gralton VerdunPearl Harbor Chapter Disabled Veterans nOO THE DAYS TOTAL S 2000 TOTAL TO DATE asoOO SUM STILL NEEDED 5185000 Cheer Fund Giving Hits a New Low OU MUST HAVE BUSY or preoccupied in some other way Friday At any rate you neg lected to pass along your gift to the Christ ma s Cheer Fund That is all but 9 of you were thus negli gent And the result was an addi tion of only to the previous total This represents the low point in the 1949 solicitation The situation is just this There are only 13 giving day left before the campaign comes to an end on the afternoon of Satur day Dec 24 A total of remains to be raised if the 82000 goal is to be reached That means an average daily addition of more than to the fund The quota cant be reached with any such meager sum as the one listed above If Miss Doris Bruce and her as sociates in the Family Service Inc are to do the job assigned to them they must have the means And thats where you come into the picture Please act NOW Either bring your gift to the GlobeGazette business office or mail it to Christmas Cheer Fund C Mason City Iowa fused Groves Merritt General I dont know I think that must be the man in the front apartment He was general Lapiner believed of something Merritt has been mistaken for others before In Japan some of the natives insisted on calling him Meester Rusevelt INFORMAL ATTIRE Minneapolis Margsr Osborn filed suit for divorce here charging that her husband feisisted on going out to dinner in awimming trunks Seize Youth After Chase at 90 M P H Des Moines D e s Moines police seized a youthful driver after a 90mileanh our chase early Friday Two patrolmen said they pur sued 22yearold Robert L Ger man of Mount Ayr for 3 miles before catching him They claimed his car nearly sideswiped the police squad car when he passed the patrolmen to start the chase German was alone in the car and offered no reason for his speed He was jailed on charges of reckless driving and speeding No Water Shortage Is Seen for Iowa Iowa City have to worry shortage State Geologist H Gar land Hershey says Hershey commenting on reports of severe drought in the east said Thursday there is nothing to prove that Iowas water suppky is decreasing through the though every year some wells go dry lowans dont about a water TO STERILIZE 21 Des Moines state eu enics board Thursday approved sterilization of 21 persons The youngest to be approved for the operation was a 15yearold girl who is classed as an imbecile The oldest was a 53yearold man Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Dies Sigourney Iowa state supreme court justice W H Hamilton 72 Sigourney diec Thursday night Hamilton was elected to the su preme court as a democrat in 1934 He was chosen chief justice in 1937 and served on the cour through 1940 He also had been Keokuk coun ty attorney and mayor of Sigour ney Hamilton was born at Delta in Keokuk county Thomas Faces Fine Prison for Kickback Protest Rule on Pinbal Machines Des Moines state asked a Polk county district judge Friday to set aside a ruling that might prove a hurdle in the anti gambling campaign Authorities filed a motion ask ing Judge C Edwin Moore to dis miss the temporary injunction he granted Monday to prevent seizure of a oneball pinball ma chine in the Des Moines cafe of Dale Benton Benton in asking for the injunction against the sheriff and chief of police con tended the machine was for amusement only The motion was signed by Atty en Robert Larson and 2 of his assistants and by Polk County At torney Ed Thayer and Des Moines ity Solicitor S L Harvey It contended that Moores court acting as an equity court had no jurisdiction in the case and that the injunction puts a limi tation or restriction on law en forcement officers Larson has said he will appeal to the state supreme court if the injunction is not set aside Sees No Budget Balance Unless Taxes Raised Key West Fla Director Frank Pace said at the winter white house Friday that deficit financing would have to continue unless congress votes new taxes The young wizard of federal iigures arrived here Thursday night to confer with President Truman on the budget that will go to congress in caily January Pace told newsmen the budget total would be under 000 The total for the current year is Asked about the prospects for pulling revenue into line with in come next year Pace said the probabilities are not great lack ing new taxes He said he was not informed on the presidents program on taxation for the coming year But he saw no chances of getting the budget back on what is popularly referred to as a balance Pace told reporters Friday that he could not give them a final total on the new budget until he gets final treasury estimates on income next year But he con ceded that the administration would not be able to attack the deficit with any material results without higher taxes DIES OF INJURIES Cedar Rapids Charles Steele 71 of Cedar Rapids died Friday of injuries suffered last Sunday night when she report edly stepped into the side of an automobile while walking across a street It is estimated that U S tour ists in Canada spent a quarter of a billion dollars last year Lock photo MERMAIDS DEPART FROM DROUGHTDRAINED users of the Shelton hotel swimming pool in New York cavort in its receding waters for the last time Thursday It was low tide in their daily fun when it was decided to drain the pool in or der to conserve water in the current New York City drought The pool uscd 8000 gal lons a day AP Wirephoto THOMAS LEAVES FOR J Parnell Thomas convicted of padding his office payroll leaves U S dis trict court in Washington Friday morning after being sentenced to from 6 to 18 months in jail and a fine The man at left is a deputy marshal UMW Asks TOO ter Cent Hike in Welfare Fund Payments New York United Mine Workers have asked anthracite coal operators for a 100 per cent increase in wel fare fund payments and a basic wage increase of 95 cents to a day it was announced Friday The announcement was made by the operators following a 2hour negotiation It was confirmed by Union Vice President Thomas Kennedy at a joint press conference Kennedy said the union had pro posed that if the monetary de mands were met the resulting contract should continue through at least 2 winters or beyond April 1951 The negotiators adjourned shortly after 1 p m until 3 p m Monday with no apparent union willingness to lengthen its 3 day work The operators statement re leased by Ralph E Taggart nego tiating committee chairman said the union threatens that the working time of the anthracite in dustry will continue to be limited to 3 days per week until these de mands are granted His statement said the operators insist their resistance to the 3 day week work limitation and to further cost increases is impera tive The operators and miners said ihey believed that the bureau of labor statisticscurrently showed earnings oi hard coal miners to average or to for bituminous mines Kennedy said he did not indorse the accuracy of the figures The requested increase in welfare fund payments would raise themfrom 20 to 40 cents a ton Loses Control of Auto Is Killed Maquoketa Stanley E Kiel 18 was killed Thursday night when the car in which he was riding went out of control 2 miles north of Bellevue Two other persons were injured in the accident Jackson County Sheriff L o r i n Felderman said the car was driven by Eugene Adrian 20 also of Bel levue Adrian is in a Bellevue hos pital with a broken leg The only other passenger in the car 16 year old Betty Bowman was bruised Felderman said the car wont out of control on high way 5267 and rolled into a ditch SAME Black flag rncum traffic death In 21 hours Man Killed in Refinery Blast Tulsa Okla UR One work man died Friday of burns from an explosion and fire that injured others and caused an estimated damage at the Texas companys giant west Tulsa re finery Victor J Hcnke pumping sta tion employe died at St Johns hospital William E Giles 28 who was working with Henke also suf fered burns about the body bu1 was expected to recover None ol the others was believed burned seriously Company officials have not re ported the cause of the blast Thursday night One workman said it came from a backfiring gasoline pump another blamed i on a vacuum created in a pump cylinder Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy with light snow through Saturday Low Friday night 20 High Satur day 26 Much colder again by Saturday night Iowa Cloudy and warmer Friday night with light snow continuing Friday night Saturday snow north and rain or snow south portion Low Friday night 2025 Iowa 5Day Weather Outlook Temperatures will average 3 to 7 degrees below normal Normal highs 28 north 36 south Nor mal lows 12 north 18 south Friday cloudy and cold with light snow Saturday warmer with rain or snow Sunday colder Monday cold with snow Tuesday warmer with snow Wednesday warmer Precipi tation will average onefourth to onehalf inch Minnesota Light snow and blow ing snow Friday night Warmer Friday night Snow squalls strong shifting winds and turn ing much colder Saturday and Saturday night Low Friday night 10 to 15 north 15 to 20 south High Saturday 10 to 15 north 20 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Friday Maximum 20 Minimum 5 At 8 a m 15 Snow Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 22 Minimum 8 Wife Will Seek Seat in Congress ExRepresentative Must Pay Resigns His Position Washington J Par nell Thomas got 6 to 18 months in jail and a fine Friday for cheating the government by pad ding his office payroll Immediately after the sentence was pronounced Thomas wife an nounced I intend to seek the congres sional seat about to be vacated by my husband Mrs Thomas told reporters her husbands resignation is in the mails Thomas is 54 His wife is a little younger Less than 2 hours after he was sentenced Thomas was on his way to Danbury Conn to serve his sentence in the federal correction al institution there Deputy U S marshals took him directly from the courthouse to union station for the train trip to Danbury i Gives Lecture Federal Judge Alexander Holtz off gave an earburning lecture to Thomas along with the jail terni and thefine He told the little man 7 times was elected to the house as a republican from New Jersey that he knew he had a good record in the first World war and had done much good work in congress as chairman of the house unAmerican activities com mittee But the judge said sternly These cant consid ered mitigating circumstances In fact he said as chairman of a congressional committee Thom as had a duty to set an example of upright living Stand Committed Holtzoff concluded J Parnsll Thomas it is the judgment of this court that you be imprisoned in an institution to be determined by the attorney general for a term of not less than 6 months and not much more than 18 months that you be fined and that you stand com mitted until the fine is paid Thomas lawyer William H Collins had pleaded with the judge notto punish the congress man by jail and fine Collins de scribed Thomas as broken in body and spirit Standing befote Judge Holtz off Thomas did indeed seem to bear scant resemblance physically to the rosycheeked little man who once was the gavelcracking chairman of the spyhunting house unAmerican activities com mittee Looks Exhausted Weakened by a long illness his face was drawn and he had the look of a man exhausted by ex treme weariness But Thomas took the sentence with no show of emotion or change of expression Mrs Thomas the onetime Amelia Wilson Stiles of Mt Vern on N Y was almost cheerful as she talked to reportersoutside the court after the case was over and announced her intention of seek ing the congressional seat her hus band is leaving for a jail cell The New Jersey attorney gen eral has ruled that there will have to be a special election to fill Thomas unexpired term It runs to the end of 1950 In Thomas trial the govern ment produced testimony that Thomas pocketed more than from salary kickbacks from fake employes he had put on his office payroll and on the payroll of the unAmerican activities committee SOCIALIST DIES Des Moincs J Moll 69 Des Moines state treasurer of the socialist party from 1912 to 1920 and an active party mem ber for many years died here Thursday He had been ill about a month 13 REDUCE TAKE OFF 20 POUNDS IN 5 ;