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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 19, 1945, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME OF HISTOSY AHO ARCHIVED OES KOINES tA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOL Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19 1945 This Paper Consists ol Two NO 61 Truman Urges Merger of Navy Forces Temperatures Klatt Gets 30 Days on 1 T Assault and Battery Fort Dodge Klatt 33 former disciplinary officer at the Eldora State Training school for boys was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days at hard labor in the Hardin county jail less than 9 hours in North Iowa I THEY MAY NOT BE HOME FOR veterans jam the U S S Leonard Wood at San of scenes aboard troopships arriving in United States as Operation Santa Glaus hits a critical peak with thousands of soldiers apparently NOT destined to be home for Christmas because of transportation prob lems AP Wirephoto K and A engr if Hf 4 if A 82000 Vets Fight Traffic Jam The mercury dropped 1o a minus 13 at Mason City early Wednesday morning and then bounced to 12 degrees above zero at 2 p m as North lowans began to fold up their ear muffs Tile weatherman warned not to put them away however fore casting fair and continued cold weather Wednesday iiisht but not so cold in the west and north cen tral porlions of Iowa Thursday The questionable honor of cold est spot in Iowa for the 2nd con secutive day fell lo Decorah with 20 reading The Atlantic air port tallied 17 below zero there and Spencer reg istered 15 below Warmest in Iowa vf a s Davenport with a minimum of 8 degrees above zero Snow shovels were busy else where with as much as 2 inches SUBZERO falling in south ern Iowa Tuesday New snow also covered the Alantic coast area he upper Ohio valley and parts of the south Depths of from 2 to 4 inches fell in Illinois Indiana and most points east Storm centers in the upper Ohio valley and off the Virginia cape were moving northeastward at a rapid rate and the weathei Help Him Fill It FACE CHRISTMAS IN LONELY PORTS Push Efforts for Clearing Rail Jam San thousand homebound Pacific sol diers may be stranded in west coast ports on Christmas unless a jam of rail facilities is cleared the army predicted Wednesday Many navy men due for dis charge or leave likewise may have to spend a forlorn holiday away from home the navy said No figures were available however While the number of soldiers and sailers awaiting transporta tion mounted to 100000 the of fice of defense transportation stepped in and ordered all western railroads to move troop trains or empty cars for troop shipments Vjust as fast as their regular pas senger trains from now until March With Christmas only 6 days away the situation will become more critical since the army an nounced it expected 110700 more troops to reach port by Monday The port of embarkation at San Francisco where 45000 service inen are concentrated was far from cheerful Seventeen thousand more were due to arrive Wednes day and Thursday The bulk of the men staged In the Saa Francisco area will be out of here before Christmas but many of them will not make it home in time for Christmas a spokesman said Los Angeles reported 30000 cooling their heels In camp and oh shipboard The army transportation corps said the Association of American Railroads order for 1000 more coaches diverted to the west had effected little to date Some of the overflow in the Pacific northwest was being routed over Canadian railroads In the Seattle area there were 33 290 troops many aboard ships in Puget Sound Army Makes Another Cutback in Requirements for Release 600000 More Are Eligible Washington army nounced Wednesday another cut back in requirements for release from service effective Dec 31 It will make ah additional 600000 men and women eligible for sep aration The changes include a reduction in the point score for enlisted men to 50 and for officers o 70 For the first time length of service will be computed in the case of WAC pflrsonnel Enlisted WACS will be eligible if they have had 2 years and 6 months of honorable service WAC officers will be eligible if they have had 3 years aijd 3 months length of service required for separation will be reduced byi 6 monthsto 42 months for enlisted men and by 3 months to 43 months for male officers except medical department officers The age criteria was reduced by 3 years to 45 years for all mentak and dental officers except plastic surgeons Thejsjitical score will be re duced to5 points to 65 for dental and veterinary corps officers and all medical officers except certain specialists The factors for release of sanitary corps officers medical corps officers nurses physiotherapists and diet itians remained unchanged WAC officers and enlisted per sonnel married to discharged vet erans of World war n may be re leased upon their own application regardless of the date of their en listment Other married WAC personnel who enlisted before last May 12 will be released upon application irrespective of the date upon which they were married The critical score for j WAC personnel will not be re1 duced j The length of service includes total active commissioned and en listed duty sinco Sept 16 1940 The adjusted service rating point score is computed as of last Sept Australia Boils Sydney most of the United States was shivering hare legged Australian women Wednes day were wearing sleeveless mid riff dresses and men discarded coats to gain relief from the tierce heat wave which beset the canfi nenliS lief by clad in n bathing sail Temperatures rose to 120 degrees in theshade at some inland points Eleven deaths have been aitribufed to he heat wave after a jury convicted him assault and battery Costs of the trial also were assessed against Klatl They were estimated by the court clerk at Thomas M Healy cocounsel for the defense asked that com nilment be delayed until Jan 2 because the Christmas holidays and when syecial assistant At ney General Jens Grothe said he lad no objection District Judge Paul H McCoid made that the date commitment Klatt was tried on a 2nd de ree murder charge but the ver dict returned was 1 of 7 possibili lightest of them all exI cept for acquittal The jury re turned its verdict at a m j 15 hours and 35 minutes after re ceiving the case Preceding the which was the maximum for the assault and ballery offense Healy asked he judge not to sentence Klatt to jail The judge then called upon Klatt lo stand before tlvb bench It seems to me that in this day and age serious thought should be given by ihe citizens of tills state on whether corporal punishment ever should be given in an insti tution whose job it is to rehabili tate people Judge McCoid said The law gives the right to dis cipline and the right lo give cor poral punishment to parents Of ficers of the institutions stand in the place ol parents The legis lature and the citizens of the state should give serious consideration on discarding the power of cor i poral punishment I have serious doubts whether rehabilitation can be accomplished by such punishment The court has given consider able thought to what the sentence bureau said improving condi tions for snow would begin in the midwest Wednesday after noon Kentucky has had an almost continual snowfall since Tuesday morning ranging from 2 to 5 inches across the states Memphis Tenn reported snow flurries and a blanket of snow covered Vir ginia early Wednesday Balti more Md had 6 inches of snow and it was still falling should be Counsel has suggested with considerable force that the rnaximum penalty should not be HANGED FOR John Amcry 33 was hanged in London Wednesday morning for high treason to his king and country The son of a prominent British statesman he was con victed broadcasting nazi prop aganda AP Wirephoto K A engr ACQUIT McVAY IN NAVY TRIAL Washington navy gen eral court martial Wednesday acquitted Capt Charles B McVay 3rd on a charge ot inefficiency inj scheduled to be tried the loss of the heavy cruiser In dianapolis With respect to this charge against the cruisers skipper the court held that it was not proved There was no announcement of the courts decision on the charge of negligence against him for al legedly failing to steer a zigzag DROP CHARGES AGAINST NELSON Insufficient Evidence for Murder Indictment Fort Dodee state Wed nesday afternoon dismissed a 2nd degree murder indictment against Harold Nelson a former guard at the Elddra stale training school for boys Jens Grolhc special assistant attorney said the case wa dropped because of insufficient evidence The action was taken shortly aflcr anofhcr former El dora guard Carl Klatt tried on a 2nd degree murder charge was convicted of assault and battery Grothe said the decision to drop the charge against Nelson came after a telephone conference with Attorney General John M Ran kin in Des Moines Nelson was the 2nd of 5 former Eldora officials and employes Give Now Deadline Is Nearing EVIOUSIA REPORTED I Uellj Floor Cane at Aro Gt AVcstcy Methodist Church and Swift Employes Jean and David ration Itxrdltif P TA i Sylvia and Nate1 City Employes C 1 o b Patty Barbers Local IS rm Paula Clausen 1st Birth A Friend rbara Hob and Suzanne Joyce Kilmer Cluh Tcckabalchee S n d a y School Class First Methodist Church V F W Auxlliarr No fM Jack AI Fat II a oh nones and IVWie Roosevelt T A From Coy VI and Beverly Mur pliy 3tary and Mike Lcfan THE TOTAL TOTAt TO DATE AMOUNT YET XEEnED 330 50 20 100 JM Nationwide WU Company Strike Looms By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Another nationwide walkout of j inion workers in support de mands for higher wages involving 8000 AFL employes of Western Union was on the January calen dar of scheduled strikes Wednes day In accordance with a strike vote ast Dec 1 the general committee of the AFL Western Union Com mercial Telegraphers union or dered a strike for Jan 7 to begin it 8 a m The only employes of he communications system not to be affected are the ClOaffiliated workers in New 1ork The federal conciliation service bailed to settle the dispute be ween the union and company on 13 issues including union de riands for a 25 per cent wage rate joost Union officials cautioned all locals against any unauthorized strikes Other nationwide walkouts be cause of wage disputes which are scheduled next month include the strike call of some 700000 CIO United Sleelworkers for Jan 14 The union is demanding a a day wage hike The CIO United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers union also has announce No Information Mason City employes of the Western Union said Wednesday they had received no information in the proposed strike We d know a strike vote was taken witl ovenvhelminr sentiment in favo of a strike one employe stated If a strike is called Mason City will be SAYS FURTHER STUDY ON PLAN WILL NOT HELP Urges New Defense Department Headed by 1 Cabinet Member Washington If President ruman called Wednesday for erger the army and navy into single department of national efense with the air forces fully to the land and sea arms Stepping squareiy into the iildie of the lone and bitter truggle between the army and avy top commands Mr Truman ollowed in virtually every detail lie official war department plan or unification And lie dashed one prime navy lope by declaring in a special nessage to congress Further studies of the general problem would serve no useful lurpose Navy witnesses appearing at enale military committee hear ngs on the merger proposal have pleaded against hasty action and urged additional studies of all phases of unification Declaring urge this as he best means of keeping the leace Mr Truman proposed hat the new defense department 3e headed by a single cabinet member operating with one un dersecretary and several assistant secretaries all civilians There would be a departmental chief of staff wilh a commander for each O SOONER SAID THAN a strike some time after Jan 1 b its estimated 200000 workers 1 75 plants of General Electric Wcstinghouse and General Mo tors Like the steelworkers th electrical workers are demandin a S2 a day hike and took a strik vote last week approxing a wor stoppage The dispute in the automotiv industry between the Biff 3 an the CIO United Auto Workers cen ivoo tcred in Detroit and Washinsto Wednesday Union leaders and lop officials of General Motors were in Wash ington for the first hearing b President Trumans factiindin board on the monthold strike o about GM employes i support of demands for a 30 pe S 39C59 DONE In last issue the the In Chicago a spokesman for the QlUrrhiil Will Tniir Association of Western Railways JOUI said the ODT order pertaining So the speed of troop car movements was purely a precautionary measure Unfortunately some operating people of the railroads have taken their sweet time in connection with the handling of some dead head equipment asserted the spokesman Any railroad under the order Is subject to whatever fines can be imposed by the ODT in the event it delays any handling of deadhead equipment being used in troop train Pacific coast service from the US Early Next Year Washington white house disclosed Wednesday that Winston Churchill former British prime minister is coming to the United States early next year The white house said Churchill would leave England by ship for New York about the middle ot January The announcement made simultaneously in Washington and London added that Churchills medical advisor Lord Moran has suggested he spend a month or more in a warm climate and have a complete CHARLES CITYAN LEAPS TO DEATH Navy Printer Jumps From California Hotel Charles was being sought here Wednesday concerning Harold Byrne 30 navy printer whose home was given as Charles City who plunged to his death from the 50story window of a hotel at San Francisco Cal The Associated Press report stated the sailors wrists also were slashed It is known that Byrne once lived here and worked as a print er but information concerning relatives was not immediately available course through waters where enemy submarines might be en countered 3 KILLED IN RAIL COLLISION Charlotte N Car Railway Wednesday 3 ported killed and several injured when a freight train ran into the offices here said persons were re Navy regulations reqaire imrear of the northbound Piedmont mediate announcement only of a limited at White Sulphur Gat finding that charges are not 1 near Gainesville shortly after proved noon proposal was offered that one keyman take the lead in each group ot work ers for collect ing a group con tribution to Christmas Cheer That the suggestion isbeing taken to heart is evident in the above list of gifts the day The total is one of the largest yet reported Four giving days remain lo reach the S150Q goal The amount needed is just That meqns there must be an average of a day to go over the top There is no time to waste Either bring your gift to the GlobeGazette office or mail it to Christmas Cheer Fund Slason City loiva cent wage boost The union Tuesday rejected Ford Motor company offer to hik wages 124 per cent and later disclosed that GM strikers hav voted by a 99 per cent majorit to remain on strike until the demands are met The vote conducted on President Truman appeal for a resumption of wor pending a report by the factfine ing board Rejection of the Ford otfe however did not create S deac lock in the wage negotiations an they will be resumed Thursday Recover Body Le Claire Ions Sheriffs Joe Atkinson and Dick Holm Tuesday recovered with grappling hooks the body of Albert Ahlgren 27 one of 2 men who drowned Sunday when their car broke through the ice as they TRAILERS first of Mason Citys 50 trailer housing units for war veterans and their families arrived here Wednesday Two of the 40 smaller units were the first to arrive and John L Johnson secretary of the Mason City Development as sociation is shown above instructing the driver G S Kennels Charleston 111 to take them to a garage and warehouse on 6th S E just off Federal where they are to be painted before they are installed at the site at 19th and South Federal All of the trailer drove across the Mississippi river houses are to be delivered here this week Lock photo K and A engr Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and continued cold Wednesday night Lowest temeprature 10 below Thurs day increasing cloudiness and not so cold t owa Fair and continued quite cold Wednesday night and Thursday Minnesota Cloudy and not so cold Wednesday night Occasional light snow north and east por iions Wednesday night Thurs day partly cloudy and cold IN MASON CITY JIobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 5 Minimum 13 below At 8 a m Wednesday 12 below YEAR AGO Maximum 21 Minimum n SEALS of the 3 component army navy and air the president or the sec retary of defense could take up directly with the separate com manders mattersafbasicmilitary strategy and ahdthedivi sion 6J thedeparimentV budget Key staff positions in the de partment nir Truman said should be filled wilh officers drawn from all tie services so hat the thinking of the department would not he dominated by any 1 or 2 of the services As an additional precaution he added it would be wise if the post of chief of staff were ro tated among the several services whenever practicable and advis able Taking note strong opposi tion from Secretary Forrestal arid other highranking navy officials the president said However strong the opposition that has been expressed by some our outstanding senior officers and civilians f can assure the congress that once unification has been determined upon as the policy of this nation there is no officer or civilian in any service who will not contribute his utmost to make the unification a success In his 5500 word message Mr Truman called again for congres sional approval of universal mili tary training asserting it has met with overwhelming approval of the people of the United States Referring repeatedly to the pos sibility of future inroads upon world peace he chief executive leclared that a grave responsi bility will rest upon the congress if it continues to delay this urg ent and most important measure He termed unification legisla tion another essential along with universal the development of a comprehen sive and continuous program for our future safety and lor the peace and security of the world One of the lessons which have most clearly come from the costly and dangerous experience of this war is that there must be unified direction of land sea and air forces at home as well as in all other parts of the world where our armed forces are serving Mr Truman continued We did not have that kino ot direction when we were attacked 4 years a g we certainly paid a high prices for not having it We would be taking a grave risk with the national security it we did not move now to overcome permanently the present imper fections in our defense organi zations i The president said there is no basis for fear thai an overall organization would lodge too 1 much power in a single individual the concentration of so much military power would lead fo militarism There is no basis for such fear as long as the traditional policy of the United States is followed that a civilian subject to the president the congress and the will of the people be placed at the head of this department The safety the democracy of the United States lies in the solid good sense nnd unshakable con viction of the American people They need have no tear thai their ;