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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 13, 1948, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME Five Cents a Copy One Mans Opinion A Kadio Commentary W EARL HALL Managing Editor Once in a While an Accident Is Funny year the National Safety council goes through its files and produces a roundup of odd accidents that have happened throughout the country and even throughout the world in the previous 12 months This particular assignment is handled by Paul Jones director of public information for NSC For the past 3 years Ive had a sort of proprietary interest in the project for the reason that in my capacity of vice president of the National Safety council public information has been my area of responsibility In his report this year clear at the end Mr Jones had to make reference to an accident which for a month or so in the tailend of last winter had him chasing around with his arm in a sling the target for many a jibe because of his line of work 1948s Varied Meanings But he starts off by pointing out that 1948 naturally meant things to different people To Ed Taylor of Matewan W Va for example it will always stand out for the spectacular half hour he spent with his head locked up cozily in a steam shovel MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 13 1948 WIWSrArit THAT MAKES ALL MOtTH lOWAMft This Paper Consists of Two No W Attack Indication of Red Nanking Drive BILLBOARD BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT When Robert AP On the other hand 1948 will be remembered by James Drager of Beloit Wis as the year he got shot by a cigaret And chances are that Andrew Anderson of Oakland Cal will never forget it because of the bathtub mishap he in the privacy of his home but on a busy highway Wacky Things Plentiful If however you think those are the only wacky things that hap pened in 1948 just read a little further into what Mr Jones and his NSC associates dug up in their annual quest for odd accidents Lets proceed In Jamestown N Y lightning courteously rang the doorbell when it called at the home of Mrs Roger W Cramer Mrs Cramer answered the bell found no one there identified her de parted visitor by the smoke it had called the fire depart ment In St Louis SingerEdwin Steffe hastily clapped a wig on his head for his part in an out door municipal opera His quick swoop trapped a bee beneath the wig Critics agreed he turned in an animated performance Cockroach Was Uninjured Way down in Brisbane Aus tralia Lawrence Doorey was the traffic victim of a cockroach Naturally that unsual statement needs a bit of amplification youll say It was like this Mr Doorey spied the roach on the sidewalk and took a swipe at it with his boot He missed and the roach scampered into the streets Mr Doorey pursued As he bent over to take another swipe a passing automobile whacked him from behind The cockroach was uninjured Stuart Bowie of Rochester N Y eased his automobile gently over a railroad crossing to make sure he didnt break 2 dozen precious eggs he was taking home A freight engine bore down on him struck his car and knocked it into the path of another loco motive on an adjoining track Mr Bowie crawled from the wreck age to find nothing even an egg Why He Was Uneasy When Benjamin Quinland was admitted to a hospital in St Louis nurses noticed that he lay un easily in his bed They couldnt blame him As he had relaxed at home a short time before a bed spring had snapped loose pierced the mattress and stabbed Mr Quinland in the middle of his nap East to Have Network for Television New York A television network linking the east coast to the Mississippi river will be available on Jan 12 the Ameri can Telephone and Telegraph Co announced Monday Thus almost half the continent and more than half the countrys population will be included in the potential television network au dience The extended television horizon will be made possible through completion of new coaxial cables which carry the television signals as well as telephone communica tions Through the network 14 major cities including Boston New York Philadelphia Baltimore Washington Richmond Pitts burgh Cleveland Buffalo Toledo Detroit Chicago Milwaukee and bt Louis will be linked Tele vision engineers predict coastto coast television networks possibly by 1950 Cosfcr Rican Appeal for Aid Goes to Foreign Ministers Washington Ricas appeal under the Rio pact for in terAmerican help to repel an Such a day Player Denis Every ambitious athlete dreams of the day when hell be red hot came to Cricket Plumb in Ather stone England one day last sum mer A hardhit ball struck a box of matches in his pocket Pants afire Fielder Plumb valiantly completed the play and dashed game in a blaze of are supposed to be from the glory Potatoes good for you But Mrs Alfred Swauger of Ravenna Ohio isnt so sure about the truth of that ordinarily uncontroversial state ment You see a sweet potato ex ploded as she took it out of the wham went the yam right in Mrs Swaugers face A Belgian Setting For our next story we move over to Marcinelle Belgium where Miss Melle Boussurois was engaged one day in cleaning clothes with gasoline Her cat nappingnear a gas stove got too near the burner and its fur caught fire With a leap and a yowl said eat landed smack in Miss Bous bowl of gasoline And that was one night she didnt have to put the cat out Tabby went out on her pelled And for our next story we come closer to The first day Charles Haley went to work on a construction job in the Minnesota metropolis the fore CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pilgrims to Get Passage to Bethlehem Jerusalem Thousands of Christian pilgrims will be per mitted to cross both Jewish and Arab battle lines in their centuries old procession to Bethlehem this Christmas Israeli troop commander Col Moshe Dayan and the commander of TransJordans Arab legion Col Abdullah El Tel agreed Sun day to give safe passage to the pilgrims They met under the auspices of Col Roger Carleson chief United Nations observer in the Holy City area Last year Christmas caroling was almost drowned out by the preparations for war Only a hand ful of pilgrims took part in the Nativity celebrations in contrast to 30000 in 1946 They held serv ices under the eyes of policemen armed with tommyguns Bethlehem 5 miles south of Jerusalem is in the hands of the Arab legion as is the old walled city of Jerusalem The first 2 miles of the pilgrims route is through Jewishheld territory Man Suffocates in Iowa Muscatine UR Authorities said Monday that a carelessly dis carded cigaret apparently caused a fire in which Donald Young 32 suffocated Sunday Firemen who broke into Youngs hotel room found the mattress of his bed on fire Muscatine County Coroner C P Phillips said Young was suffocated by the heavy smoke armed invasion went before 21 western hemisphere foreign min isters Monday Neighboring Nicaragua was for mally accused of providing the springboard for the communist supported attack by between 200 and 1000 men 10 Days Old The foreign ministers will de cide by Tuesday afternoon wheth er to convene an emergency ses sion to consider defensive meas ures under the mutual aid treaty effect only 10 days Sundays action under the in terAmerican defense system fol lowed rapidly after invaders landed in the bay of Silinas on the Pacific side of Costa Rica and overpowered a 20man garrison in La Cruz The town is located in the northwestern sector of the Central American republic which reaches within 180 miles of the Panama Canal Daniel Oduber secretary of Weekend Automobile Accidenfs foil 2 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Auto accidents claimed 2 more lives in Iowa over the weekend Carl Epler 21 Meriden Kans was killed in the collision of 2 cars 3 miles south of Atlantic and James White 36 of Barnes City was killed in a carpedestrian ac cident 12 miles east of Sigourney near the junction of U S highway 92 and state highway 77 250 lowans Attend Farm Bureau Meet Atlantic City N J 250 Iowa Farm Bureau members wjll attend the opening Tuesday of the 30th annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Howard Hill president of the Iowa Farm Bureau heads the states official voting delegates He also is on the American Farm Bureau resolutions committee and addressed a preconvention live stock conference Monday Other Iowa voting delegates are Richard Stephens Crawfords ville Frank Abraham Mount Pleasant J Kendall Lynes Plain field Cedric Hall Hornick Mar vin McLain Brooklyn Joe Wise Newell Charles Hearst Cedar Falls Rolland Trively Randolph and J C Horlacher Storm Lake Joan Leslie Ends Fight With Studio up of communists Nicaraguan guardsmen disguised in flashv Joan Leslies long fight to break her Warner Brothers even went to the U S supreme over with the studio freeing her on a friendly basis out of court The 23 year old actress an nounced Sunday that her lengthy court differences with Warners were settled She disavowed her contract at 21 claiming she could legally do so because it was signed when she was a minor And be sides she didnt like the roles she was getting She won her case in the lower courts but lost it in the California supreme court She appealed to the U S supreme court which however refused to review the case Miss Leslie said she soon will make her first picture through her own company Culver productions Find Nature Obstructs Operation of Airport Michigan City Ind igan Citys new municipal airport was closed temporarily Monday after it had been open less than 24 hours The first plane to land piloted by Norman Elsy Lombard II was rescued by abulldozer after it mired down in thick mud on the main runway Costa Ricas ruling Junta saidat San Jose the invaders were under control and that a suspension of civil guarantees had resulted in the capture of 5 communists The communist party is outlawed in Costa Rica Made Up of Reds The Costa Rican government charged the invading force is made of communists Nicar men disguised in flashy blue uniforms and not more than 100 Costa Rican political exiles Rafael Calderon Guardia a for mer Costa Rican president routed by the current Junta last May was named as the leader by the San Jose regime Will Limit Entrants for Walkathon Decorah little over a week ago Mayor George Baker be lieved that modern man is a softy He is so firmly convinced other wise now that he said Monday he is considering limiting the num ber of entrants in his walking con test next year Ten men already have signed up for the mayors 1949 contest They include 4 of the 6 men who walked the 92 miles between Conover and Decorah Dec 5 carrying 60 pound sacks of wheat Two of the men in the Dec 5 contest won apiece from the mayor by making the distance in better time than the one hour and 55 minutes it took Bakers grand father to perform the same feat One of the 2 winners Walter Hovey is among the men who have signed up for the 1949 event Baker also confirmed that he will sponsor a womens walking derby next year in addition to making the mens walkathon an annual event He has not set the contest conditions yet Sheffield Bank Robbers Given 9 Year Terms Bernard Delbert Morgan 26 Hampton and Robert Franklir Safford 23 Chicago Monday aft ernoon were sentenced to servi 9 years in the federal peniten tiary for bank robbery They were sentenced in U S district court by Judge Henry N Graven on their previous pleas o guilty in connection with the rob bery of the Sheffield State bank on Sept 25 of Both were arrested the following day anc most of the money recoverec where it had been buried in Beeds lake state park near Hampton Morgan and Safford had been working on an underground tele phone cable and said thej had been planning through the summer to rob a bank either in Minnesota or Iowa Morgan has an Irish war bride and children of 4 and 2 years Safford also has a wife and a child of Hyears Hiss Resigns Post With Peace Group New York Hiss an adviser to President Roosevelt at the Yalta conference gave up his a year job as president of the Carnegie endowment for inter national peace Monday while a grand jury investigated charges he aided a communist spy ring Hiss offered his resignation at a meeting of the board of directors of the endowment Monday The directors adopted a resolution that no actionbe taken on the resigna tion at this time except for Hiss to take a 3month leave of ab sence Hiss action in stepping out of the job he took over in 1946 from the late Nicholas Murray Butler was the latest development in his dispute with Whittaker Chambers over whether Hiss was a com munist while employed by the U S state department Chambers resigned last week from the a year position as senior editor of Time magazine because of the controversy 2 Airlines Plan Merger New York American World Airways and American Overseas Airlines have agreed to the biggest merger in American commercial aviation Plans for consolidation of Amer ican Overseas routes to 11 coun tries in Europe with Pan Ameri can transAtlantic services were announced by both companies Sunday night Routes and assets of American Overseas Airlines would go to Nixon Suspects Grand Jury River Spy Probe as Filibuster Washington Rep Nixon RCal said Monday he suspects the justice department of using one red spy investigation to filibuster against another A whitewash may be in the making said Nixon a member of the house unAmerican activities committee The committee and the justice department have been rowing for nearly 2 weeks over who should go men sus pected of stealing government se crets for the Russians a decade ago Each has its own investiga tion going but the department has monopolized most of the key wit nesses Weekend Developments Over the weekend there were these developments 1 The committee released a doz en documents it says were stolen from state department files 10 years ago so information in them could be copied and sent to Rus sia through an underground spy network Something less than sensational now the papers probably would have produced diplomatic earth quakes had they come out in 1938 2 Rep Holifield DCal pro posed that the incoming congress curb the committee with stricter rules Chance to Answer He wants to make sure that any one who thinks he has been hurt ay the committee or one of its wit nesses gets a prompt chance to an swer back Holifield says that before any 3ody is criticized in a committee report that person should have a chance to tell his side of the story 3 Nixon said the spy hunt al ready has shown a need fortight ening the espionage laws He said that should get first priority in the new congress 1948 GOAL PREVIOUSLY REPORTED 42244 Mason City Trades 4 Labor As sembly A F of L 1000 Den 1 Park 13 Wilson School Cub Scouts ana 3 M Red Cross North wood Vic Snyder G a n f Jacob E Decker Sons In Memory of Rolan G Howard Sheila Rae and Shari Lou Matrons Religious Group S C Anderson Robert 4Richard Birkholz Circle 7 First Baptist Church R A C Bethlehem Lutheran Aid Tom Fatland First Christian Church Mission ary Department Mrs B E S I P H Relief Fund Pan American in exchange for Pan American stock After this stock was distributed American Overseas Airlines would be dis solved The merger agreement is sub ject to approval by the stockhold ers of both concerns and the civil Aeronautics board Pan American World Airways is the largest international air carrier and American Overseas Airlines is a subsidiary of Ameri can Airlines the nations largest domestic carrier SAME flag trsffle death In put 24 honri Rath Union to Vote on Labor Contract Waterloo of the United Packinghouse W o rk e r s union CIO at the Rath packing plant here will vote Wednesday night on a tentative contract ne gotiated fay management and the union The agreement was completed during the weekend but details of the new contract have not been announced Negotiations Soys U S Aid to China Will Stop If Communists Victors for the contract have been underway since August DAWES BETTER Chicago Charles G Dawes former vicepresident probably will be discharged Tues day or Wednesday from St Lukes hospital where he has been con fined for a week by a respiratory ailment hospital attendants said Monday Dawes is 83 Shanghai G Huff man head of the economic co operation administration said Monday that all American aid to China would be stopped if the Chinese communists took over the country Hoffman told a press confer ence that the government would be willing to accept recommenda tions by ECA to continue relief aid to China If the present na tionalist regime was replaced by a true coalition regime represent ing all the Chinese people At the same time naval authori ties disclosed that between 800 and 1000 U S marines from the American western Pacific fleet base at Tsingtao would reinforce American strength in Shanghai sometime this week To Shanghai The marines were ordered to Shanghai by Vice Admiral Oscar C Badger commander of the western Pacific fleet to protect American lives and essential prop erty in case communists attack the city and disorder breaks out Some disorder already was ap parent in Shanghai Police had difficulty Monday restraining tens of thousands of Chinese who formed unruly crowds before gov ernment banks The Chinese were trying to ex change their paper gold yuan currency for gold and silver coins There have been rumors that the government may suspend the sale of gold and silver shortly 70 to 75 The gold yuan now is selling on the black market at a rate of 70 to 75 for one American dollar compared to an exchange rate ol 35 to a week ago Hoffman in his press confer ence said United States aid was designed to government help people not a He intimated aid would be continued to China if any new regime permitted free people to remain free If the government enslaved people there would be no point in continuing aid he said UN Security ouncil Will Not Adjourn Paris United Nations ecurity council will continue to it in Paris even though delegates o the general assembly are home vard bound for the holidays it was disclosed Monday The record 83day session of the assembly ended Sunday night aft er delegates were forced to work me day overtime because of a oviet filibuster against an Ameri ansponsored resolution on Ko ea The filibuster faded out Sunday nd the assembly approved the esolution 48 o 6 calling for a ermanent 7nation United Na ions commission on Korea Russia nd the soviet satellites are not Congregational Womens Guild Mrs George W NorrU From a Friend H E H F E S Osage THE DAYS TOTAL GIFTS TOTAL RAISED TO DATE AMOUNT YET NEEDED luoo 2320 100 100 IJOO 500 200 200 200 500 100 200 300 500 rtwi 100 100 100 10198 S 52442 Goal for This Week Is Suggested represented on the commission The first postassembly meeting of the security council will be held Wednesday to consider the mem bership application of Israel Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy and cold Mon day night with light snow Low Monday night 5 to 10 above Cloudy anfi cold Tuesday with high 10 to 15 Iowa Partly cloudy Monday night and Tuesday except oc casional snow extreme east por tion Tuesday Colder Monday night and Tuesday Low Mon day night 10 northwest to 25 southeast Minnesota Much colder Monday night with light snow in central and south portions Tuesday clearing and colder in the north and colder in the south Low temperatures Monday ranging from 5 to 15 degrees below zero and zero to 5 degrees above in the south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending at 3 oclock Monday morning Maximum 29 Minimum 18 At 8 a m Monday 21 YEAR AGO Maximum 26 Minimum 12 GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum 35 Minimum 23 At 8 a m Sunday 23 YEAR AGO Maximum 23 Minimum 22 AN the total con tributions in the Christmas Cheer Fund be brought to by the end of this week For rea sonable assur ance that the goal of will be achieved by the after noon of Friday Dec 24 such a spurt m the tempo of giving this week is suggested One of the contributions listed above was delivered in or rather the donors Reference is to the from the Wilson school cub scouts With theirden mother Mrs Paul Mc Auley they toured the GlobeGa zette plant Saturday leaving their substantial Cheer Fund gift which had been obtained by the sale of waste paper Another gift accompanied a clipping from the GlobeGazette quoting Rolan G Howard gunners mate on the U S S Arizona who lost his life in 1941 a week after transmitting his final contribution to the Cheer Fund Hope you reach your goal this year the Mason City boy wrote in the little note accompanying his gift His gpod wishes must go on wrote the Mason City donor on the margin of the clipping An average addition of more than a day must be had if the goal set for this week is reached Can it be done Thats up to you Bring your gift to the Globe Gazette office or mail it to Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa Defense Line May Fall Report More Than 50000 Government Troops Wiped Out h i a n g Kai Sheks grim watch on the Yangtze is coming sooner than expected With a Chinese communist at tack reported only 50 miles north west of this capital government military sources said red infiltra tion and heavy nationalist losses may soon force abandonment of the new Hwai river defense line That would shove national de fenses back to the Yangtze river These sources reported that more than 50000 troops of the governments long encircled 12th army group have been wiped out southwest of Suhsien about 145 miles northwest of Nanking Group Compressed The 12th which originally num bered some 110000 now has been compressed into an area of less than 4 square miles Its critical shortage of supplies is worsening Pilots report difficulty in dropping material into the shrinking target area The 12th has been trapped 17 days The Chinese communist ra dio asserted Sunday night that the governments 6th army had been stopped in its effort to break through to the 12th The 6th moved north from the Hwai river line and its anchor at Pengpu and once was within 22 miles of joining the 12th Pengpu is 53 miles south of Suhsien and 105 miles northwest of Nanking The red radioassertedthatrem nants of the 12th army group are being mopped up Neutral ob servers said elimination of the 12th would free at least 80000 red troops for action against the un derstrength 6th and 8th army groups Threaten Rail Link Communist units crossing the Hwai east of Pengpu already are threatening the vital rail link be tween Pukow on the Yantze and Pengpu Traffic has been dis rupted frequently Gen Ho YingChin minister of war told the Kuomintang politi cal council that only 2 communist brigades were presently operating against the railroad He said the line had been repaired and traffic again was moving to Pengpu SHOPPING 0AYS LEPT CHftfSTMAS Soldiers to Start Paying Taxes Again Washington JP Army and navy paymasters will start with holding federal income tax from pay of privates seamen generals and admirals alike next month The only thing that can prevent it officials said Monday is for congress to take quick steps after it meets January 3 to renew the special tax exemption given to the military during the war That exemption freeing all pay of enlisted men and of the pay of officers from federal in come taxes will expire automati cally at midnight December 31 Muscatine Boy Wins Speak Up Contest Ottumwa Webster Muscatine high school student is the winner of the 1948 Speak Up for Democracy contest sponsored by the Iowa Junior Chamber of Commerce Winners were announced Mon y T Barnes of Ottumwa state JCC Americanism chairman Second place goes to Karl Harsh barger of Iowa City 3rd to Gloria Oberer of Cedar Rapids and 4th is a tie between Susan Israly of Des Moines and Judy Atwell of Ft Dodge Transcriptions of the 5minute orations by winners in 28 cities in Iowa were judged at the Univer sity of Iowa by Dr Orville A Hitchcock head of the speech de partment Prof H J Thornton of the history department John P Highlander program director of radio station WSUI and Prof Le Roy Cowperthwaite of the ipeech department The record of Websters oration has been forwarded to Washing ton D C where 4 regional win ners will be named as the national champs ;