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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 23, 1946, Mason City, Iowa COtoP GF H I ST0SY ANi V KO I HE 5 I NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL mi Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy I MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 23 1946 This Paper Consists ol Two Section One No 63 One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGLO 9IUOB CUT Sunday D m WTAD QtUncr Ul Una WOI Ames Tuesday WSUL City Xhnndari p m A Report on Some Interesting People IN my commentary last week I reported on a day spent at the Warner Brothers movie lot at Burbank Cal In this visit Id like to report on some of the in teresting and famous people I was privileged to meet during my week in the Los Angeles area at a national conference of AP man aging editors Because hes an specifically a Mason City neighbor of think Ill lead off with Meredith Willson Mr Willson lived his boyhood in Mason City left here at about asc 17 and has risen to the heights first as a musician more latterly as a figure in radio I was his guest at the KFWB studios in Hollywood one night for the days first performance of his own Sparkle Time Co lumbia network program I say first performance because the show has to be repeated later in the evening for the Pacific coast stations ryrY arrival was early enoughto iVl T US SHIP FORGED OUT OF DAIREN permit me to sit in on the friem last minute brushing up Special day attention was being given to the choral reading of the programs commercial To insure maximum precision in the reading of the script the words are set to a musical score and Mr Willson directs the reading just as he di rects his orchestra A few minutes before the opening time for the program the announcer Ben Gage tooK over for a brief period of in struction to the studio audience Incidentally the sizable studio was filled to capacity Relax and have a good time was ms prin cipal counsel With about 2 minutes left be fore going on the air Mr Will son was introduced and received afine hand After his greeting he pointed me out in the control room and explained to his hear ers that the grayhaired gentle man was the editor from his home town Mason City FROM this point on everything about the show ran precisely according to schedule Nothing was left to chance Just so many minutesin fact its figured clown to set aside for each feature of the program with the producer holding his watch in the control room A feature stressed in the Will son program is Us downtoearth homey character Ninetenths of the script I learned is written by Mr Willson himself Most other network shows rely on a staff of writers No laborer with a picK or a shovel ever exerted a greater sum total of physical energy in a half hour period than did tnis lowan in directing his program At its completion he excused himself for a brief timeto change his shirt with its wilted down collar AFTER a little conference with his associates for the purpose deciding what parts could be eliminated in the second perform ance to boil it down from a half hour to 25 minutes Mr Willson chatted with me about things back home Then we talked about his program In preparing it he said Ive had in mind the average radio listener seated comfortbaly in his home It has always seemed to me that most radio programs were directed too much to the studio audience H a thing has to he seen to be enjoyed Ive rea soned that it was no good for a radio program That his formula is paying off is evidenced by the amazing ac claim which has come to Mr Willsons program in its first 3 months on the air SO much for Mr Willson who has been dubbed Mason Citys network radio Chamber of Com merce Now lets turn to another notable who is not f native lowan Im refer ring to Californias governor Earl Warren who was born 3 months after his parents arrived there from Eagle Grove Iowa The personable governor talked to us at a luncheon meeting about freedom of the press and the wonders of California One ot his claims was that California leads the nation in the value of agri cultural products That Ill have to be a loyal lowan In a chat afterwards he asked to be remembered to his old Eagle Grove friends Now were ready to report on the dinner party given by the movie industry for our managing editor group at the Biltmore Bowl in downtown Los Angeles In the openins act on the en tertainment program following the scrumpluous dinner Edgar CONTINUED ON FACE 2 ESTIMATE JAP DEATH TOLL AT 1125 PERSONS No Americans Killed or Injured in Quake Tidal Wave Disaster Tokyo the loll of dead calculated as high as 1125 so far thousands of wretched shivering Japanese Monday hud dled around fires near the water logged wreckage of their homes destroyed by the earthquake and tidal waves early Saturday The home ministry listed 1026 dead with reports still coming in from previously isolated areas in southern Shikoku island and the Wakayama peninsula K y o d o News agency reported its count at 1125 killed Kyodo listed 2700 killed missing and injured A bitter cold wind blew steadily across Japan from the Manchur ian plains adding to the miserable discomfort Japanese who lost their homes and their relatives or friends in the tragic dawn Satur Proud Papa Seeks Home Names for Quads Baltimore IP Charles Henn Jr was casting about Monday for names and a house big enough for a family suddenly increased to 7 by the birth of quadruplets 3 boys and a the British girl he married during the war The babies were placed imme diately after birth Sunday in in dividual oxygenated incubators as a precautionary measure al though Dr Thomas J Bowyer who made the deliveries said the quads chances of survival were very very good The 28yearold mother also is in good condition after the de livery which was performed with out anesthetic in 55 minutes at a hospital The Henns have another son Johnny about 15 months old The couplemet and married in Eng land while Henn was Mrs ttenn was one of the calm est persons in the hospital and after the delivery asked for a JBritish cup of tea before taking a sedative The quads were not weighed but Dr William H Sawyers who with Dr Walter Benavent assisted at the delivery estimated they were approximately half normal size or about 4 pounds apiece Henn who didnt get his first look at his new offsprings until 3 hours after their births said he and his wile picked no names although they were informed by xrays last November that quad ruplets were on the way We didnt want to tempt fate he said Now that they are all here and living well give them names You know At present he and his wife and their son are living with his par ents 3 of his brothers and a sis ter Before xrays indicated the mul tiple births the couple married in England on January 1 1945 had purchased furniture for 3 rooms to set up our own house Mrs Hcnns mother Mrs Percy Geast in a recent transAtlantic telephone conversation with her daughter said she had given up 12 precious British clothing cou for a get 24 ounces of wool on which she and Mrs Hcnns 2 sisters Muriel 18 and Joan 20 now arc knitting The hospital here has donated its facilities and Dr Bowyer has of thous living under railroad trestles in forests and along the beaches stoking little fires against the biting winter as re lief crews sought to deliver emer gency food clothing and medical supplies The home ministry listed 1026 as dead 145 s missing and 1035 injured and eported that well over 100000 p rsons were made homeless in one of the worlds worst natural disasters Lt Gen Robert L Eichelberger commander of the XI S 8th army announced meanwhile that no American personnel had been killed or injured Less than 100 Yanks in the Wakayama peninsula of the will not be evacuated immediate ly army headquarters said be cause they are in no danger and have a job to do there Food and fresh water was dropped fay air to the American garrisons refused to accept more to think about than names The Red Cross has supplied too This is sure complete layettes handsewn ith the 84th division and Mrs a kind meaning a full house vith feather and drop stotches local dairies have been The 28yearold bookbinder was British equivalent of the Arneri fering free milk supplies referring to his housing problem AP Wircphoto PAPA AND HIS Henn Jr at has 4 times the worry ordinary new fathers have His slen der British war bride presented him with quadruplets 3 boys and a girl Three of the 4 babies are shown in their incubators above at the St Agnes hospital Baltimore Md The 4th baby is hidden behind the center incubator The attending physician said all the father are in good shape Chamber Begins Drive to Ban PortalPortal Pay Liabilities TAFT WILL ASK LABOR POSITION Seeks Chairmanship of Senate Committee Washington Rob ert A Taft of Ohio said Monday he will ask the chairmanship of the senate labor committee when republican senators meet Dec 30 to organize for their majority role By seniority Taft would have the choice of the labor chairman ship or head oE the taxwriting finance committee Announcing his decision to ask for the labor post the Ohio sena tor said in a statement that he plans to remain on the finance committee He announced too thai he hopes to continue as chairman of the republican steering committee Applications Extended for Iowas Coin By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The date for applying to local banks for purchase of centennial coins has been extended so that every lowan who wants a coin will have an opportunity to buy one As the official distribution of the memorial 50cent pieces got underway Monday plans were re vamped to meet a situation which found banks in some counties with an excess of applications over their coin quotas and others with a surplus of coins on hand The original deadline for applying was last Saturday The state centennial committee urged everyone wanting a coin to file application with his bank re gardless of the available supply The committee said that some means would be found to work out a fair and even distribution first on a county basis and then on a statewide level Iowa banks were allotted 90000 coins under county quotas They are selling for each An ad ditional 10000 was allotted for outofstate purchases at S3 each and the state treasurers office re ported several thousand outof state applications had been re ceived Organization Spurred by Increasing Claims of Industrial Workers Washington if The United States Chamber of Commerce dis closed plans Monday to marshal its 2000 member organizations be hind a drive in congress to relieve employers from possible portal toportal pay liabilities dating back to 1938 Spurred by the snowballing claims of workersin mass produc tion industries for twice normal overtime travel and other nonproduction time not hitherto paid for the chamber will submit a referendum Friday to its entire membership These members in turn will poll some 30000 companies on a series of proposed amendments to the fair labor standards act of 1938 It is this act which makes the backpay suits possible It estab lished a 44hour work week for the first year a 42hour week in the second year than a 40hour week after 1940 for employes en gaged in producing goods for in terstate commerce Earlier this year the supreme a case involving 1200 CIO united pottery workers at Mt Clemens that em ployes are entitled to pay for the time spent preparing for their jobs on company property This became known as the por taltoportal decision because of the contract arrangement John L Lewis won for his coal miners covering pay for time spent in traveling from the pit mouths to the scene of actual digging opera tionc A number of cotton mill towns in the agricultural south operate community canning plants to en able employes to preserve home grown fruits and vegetables Spare Stamp 53 Is Good for 5 Pounds of Sugar on Jan 1 Washington OPA saic Monday spare stamp No 53 wil be good for 5 pounds of sugar be ginning Jan 1 and added an ad ditional ration may become avail able within 4 months It is anticipated the agency said that the 2nd consume stamp for 1947 will be validated before spare stamp 53 expires April 30 OPA pointed to agriculture de partment estimates that the nev sugar crop may be sufficient large to allow an additional pounds of sugar a person in 194 This would make a total of 2 pounds on regular ration stamps Motorboats are utilizing je propulsion The waterjet out board motor is considered a chea means of obtaining faster wate transport says Industrial and En gineering Chemistry Weather Report FORECAST lason City Generally fair Mon day night and Tuesday dimin ishing winds Colder Monday night Rising temperatures Tuesday Low Monday night about 10 owa Generally fair Monday night and Tuesday Colder Mon day night rising temperatures Tuesday Lows Monday night 10 to 15 north to 20 to 25 east Highs Tuesday 30 northeast to near 40 southwest flinnesota Generally fair Mon day night Colder east and slightly colder west portion Tuesday mostly cloudy with oc casional light snow north por tion Rising temperatures Tues day IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum 35 Minimum 21 At 8 a m Monday 21 YEAR AGO Maximum 16 Minimum 2 GlobeGazette weather statistics or 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum 31 Minimum 16 At 8 a m Sunday 16 Snow Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 8 Minimum 6 Fear 12 Lost in Shipwreck Oslo UP Twelve passenger and crew members aboard thi 126ton Norwegian coastal vesse Havskaaren were feared lost Sat urday after the vessel was wrecked in a storm near Borge in northern Norway PREVIOUSLY REPORTED Dick Lyl Bob and Judy Cerro Gnrdo Bakery Park Inn Hotel Alpha Chapter Bcia Sijrma Phi West Haven Dorcas Circle Happy Hustlers Home Project Club Canned Ham Boners Deckers Harding Cub Pack Anonymous From H T Green Meat Boners Deckers Mr and Mrs S N Fox From Galventon Gae Karol Lcnnan ABe Winona Minn Mardy 1 U A Drecsman Lakota Hanson Twins Norlhwood Jimmy Sivwright Lester Charlson Thompson Younkers Mason Clly E M S In Memory ot LI Jlorance S Grange Red Cross 3 M Circle North wood United Cement Lime Gyp sum Workers No Mrs Alyce Clay Cresro Helene and ttelene Bruns Mrs Lewis Kipper Hermanson Brothers In Memory ot John Joseph Klein Everett C Brown Eoute 3 A Friend Latin American Club Catholic Daughters of America TNT Spread Club D Z Chapter P K O SIs lerhtod Sea Scout Xeptune SIH Glldner Brothers Merchandise D A R Merchandise Crescent Electric Supply Merchandise Electric Corporation of America Merchandise 1IHI 20011 3000 Lira loo loo 10011 snn ion 325 SO 416 500 100 300011 500 3580 Large Tract Is Purchased by Harvester Mason City got word Monday of a Christmas present which will bring blessings to the com munity for many years as the city becomes increasingly impor tant as an industrial and com mercial center for North Iowa and southern Minnesota The International Harvester company Monday announced the purchase of the 71 acre tract from 19th S W to the fire substation and from Federal avenue to the Northwestern tracks as the site of a greatly enlarged home for their Mason City branch house The purchase from Hanford MacNidcr and others was com pleted by District Manager M C Lawson who admitted that it was undoubtedly the lamest real es tate transaction in Mason City in many years that did not involve a building As soon as materials become available Lawson said Interna tional Harvester will begin con struction of a large modern office building warehouse and sales and service facilities The building will be the center for retail and wholesale distribu tion and sales of motor trucks and also for the wholesale distribution of farm machinery for the Mason City branch house territory This territory now includes North Iowa and the southern tier of counties in Minnesota The new structure will be very large Lewson said and will be of onestory design except tor office facilities which will be housed on the 2nd floor above part of the ground floor RUSSIANS GIVE ULTIMATUM TO NAVAL VESSEL Disclose 20 Minute Warning to Leave Was Given by Red Officials Daircn Manchuria A United State navy ship pulled out of the port Dairen Friday aft ernoon after receiving a verbal ultimatum from Russian military officials to the effect that unless you leave within 20 minutes we will not be responsible for the consequences it was revealed THE CASH GIFTS THE MERCHANDISE GIFTS aMTS GRAND TOTAL TO DATE JIBITTi OVFrt GOAIf 41715 Cheer Fund Is Way Over Top ITH A FULL DAY YET TO GO the Christ mas Cheer Fund noon Mon day had climb ed to a grand total of 97775 This was S16434 above the final total a c h i e ved last FrenchTroops Battle Rebels in IndoChina Paris troops at tacked VietNam positions in the city hall and postolfice and the Indochinese quarter of Hanoi Monday in the swelling battle for control the battered capital the VietNam republic the French press agency said French authorities were quoted as saying 29 French civilians in cluding 11 women had been killed in the fighting and that their bodies were brutally mutilated The French onslaught was opened with bombardment by planes and Held guns Viet Nam troops in a strongly fortified barracks which formerly housed Indochinese guards the news agency said batteries were re ported shelling the Frenchheld citadel with old 75 millimeter guns which Japanese took previ ously from the French French armored units and in fantry battled for possession of Ihe Rue Colon main thorough Monday Previously the Russian military commander in charge of the city had refused to permit an Ameri can businessman with full clear ance from U S authorities to de bark Also denied permission to land were 2 American newspaper men representing the Combined World Press Russian troops have occupied Dairen since the Japanase surren der Although the ChineseRus sian treaty oC 1945 called for its designation as a free port under Chinese administration soviet forces still are in control of the city In Washington the slate de partment said it had received no report of the verbal ultimatum and would have no immediate comment The navy department in Wash ington reported that a navy vessel identified as LCIL 1090 landing craft infantry large left Dairen Dec 21 Dec 20 U S time on a return trip to the U S base at Tsingtao on the north coast of China There was no other im mediate comment from the de partment The vessel LC3 1090 was on a 2nd routine courier mission to Daircn carrying diplomatic mail and supplies to the U S consulate there In view of the fact that the de tails of the first trip had been re vealed to the press 2 correspond ents were permitted to take pas 4 MEN HURT IN GASOLINE BLAST Clarion Repair Shop Damaged in Explosion estimate had been made Monday of the damage by fire and explosion in which 4 per sons suffered facial and hand burns at the Tebbins repair shop here at noon Sunday Hospitalized were Lee Binder man Omaha and Frank Barker Clarion Less seriously burned were Harold Vcldhouse 40 and his brother Robert 28 both of Clarion The explqsion came as gasoline was being drained from Binder mans car in the shop The shop which was insured was badly burned A Notice to Readers and Advertisers In keeping with because of the con tinued acute shortage of print GlobeGazette will be published on Christmas day Features with a continuity element such as comics will be doubled up in Tuesdays issue year when with a goal of 51500 gifts ran up to And so success is written on another ven ture in applied Christianity This is the 21st annual Christmas Cheer Fund and each one has gone over the top the received up to the final day of the campaign 626 is in cash The remainder S35175 has been received in the form of merchandise As in previ ous years Gildner Brothers came through with a generous gift of new clothing items which Will be of inestimable value to Miss Doris Bruce and her associates in the Social Welfare league adminis trators of the fund Incidentally the Social Welfare league office Monday was bustling with activity as Miss Bruce and her aides worked feverishly to make good on the Christmas Cheer Fund pledge of No empty stock ings in Mason City this Christ mas The campaign will come for mally to a close at 2 oclock Tues day afternoon with a final list ing gifts and totals scheduled to appear in the Home edition Until that time the address for contributions remains Christmas Cheer Fund CareGlobeGazettc Mason City Iowa fare of the Indochinese district to the north of the capital Other French troops were reported ad vancing down the boulevard Gambetla south of the downtown district A press dispatch from Hanoi here more than 200 French sol diers had been reported killed or wounded recently in fighting with VietNamese forces said the French had warned that un uniformed natives found carrying firearms would be shot Any house that fails to ily a white flag will be searched and any house from which shots are fired will be attacked the warn ing also was quoted as saying Jury Indicts 3 in Georgia Hotel Blaze Atlanta Fulton county grand jury investigating the dis astrous Winecotf hotel fire which claimed 119 lives Monday indict ed the lessees of the hotel on 3 counts of involuntary manslaugh ter and accused them of operating a fire trap Fulton County Solicitor E E Andrews said indictments were returned against A F Geele and A F Geele Jr of Shcboygan VVis and R E OConnell Chicago detective who have been operat ing the downtown hotel since 1934 The 3 were each indicted on one felony count involuntary man slaughter in the death of J R Moody of Arlington Ga and 2 misdemeanor counts in the deaths of Dr Carl C Rasmusson of Des Moines Iowa and Miss Virginia Torbert of Thornaston Ga The indictments said that the 3 men wilfully and wantonly en gaged in the operation a hotel which had no outside fire escapes well knowing that the probable consequences might endanger the lives of guests sage on this trip by Admiral Charles M Cooke commander of the 7th fleet in order to be pres ent in event their going ashore would meet with the approval of local authorities Admiral Cooke had ruled that no photographs could be made without the con sent the local officials The ship arrived at Dairen Dec 18 and requested permission to remain in port for 48 hours This was accepted without comment by the soviet authorities who met the ship at anchorage The ship remained in the har bor Z additional hours while U S Consul General H Merrill Ben ninghoff attempted a last minute appeal to the soviet military au thorities to permit an American businessman Jesse L Foole At lanta Ga representing the Stand ard Vacuum Oil Co to go ashore It was at this point that the soviet ultimatum was delivered The Soviets ordered the ship to leave despite the fact that neither the diplomatic courier nor the commanding officer of the ship were aboard They were at the American consulate awaiting re sults of Benninghoffs final appeal to the soviet commander They ar rived on board only at the very moment of the ships departure The Russian military command er of the city Maj Gen V U Korzhanoff refused to see the American consul general however and the ultimatum was delivered to the ship by one of his military aides When the consul called at the soviet commanders home to ap peal from the decision banning the 3 Americans from Dairen he was left standing in the bitterly cold street while a sentry carried his request inside After some time he was told that General Korz hanoff was not available Supreme Court Grants Lewis and UMW Union Hearing on New Appeal Washington if The supreme court Monday granted John L Lewis and the United Mine Work ers a hearing on a new appeal questioning the validity the preliminary injunction issued against them during the recent soft coal strike The effect is to broaden theis sues of law before the court in Lewis appeal from the fine imposed on him and the 500000 fine on the union for con tempt of court In earlier petitions Lewis and the union challenged the validity of temporary restraining orders is sued in the same case by U S Dis trict Judge T Alan Goldsborough ;