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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 25, 1954, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited for the Horns MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHIORS VOL LXI Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Seven CenU a MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 25 1954 This Paper Consists of Two Sei One 9 44 German Arms Plan Alternative Studied British Plane Crashes 28 Die AP Wirephcto CHRISTMAS AIR tail section of this British Overseas Airways Strato cruiser looms like a tombstone over other wreckage after it overturned and burned while landing at Prestwick Scotland Twentyeight of the 36 persons aboard were killed BETHLEHEM RITES BETHLEHEM voices of choir boys opened a high pontifical mass early Saturday in this town where Jesus Christ was born almost 2000 years ago The Latin patriarch Albert Gori wore rich robes of purple and gold as heopened the midnight mass in the Church of St Catherine Monsignor Gori bore the holy image in foMowing solemn pro cession of choir boys and priest thatwound through the church The figure of the Infant Jesus was taken from Sh Catherines to the Rockhewn Chapel of St Jerome where the Bible wai first translated into Latin Bethlehems population of 12000 was swelled by visitors and Arab refugees Peace After 20 Years Christmas Observed Quietly Over World By The Associated Press The joyous sparkle in a childs eyes as he first sees the gifts be neath the Christmas tree Humbly offered prayers for peace in churches big and small This was the pattern of Christmas Day in many lands as the Christian world again observed birthday of Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace For the first time in two decades there was no organized major war fare but guns crackled briefly in the Holy Land reminding mankind it had many problems yet to solve before peace could be guaranteed to the world Huge Crowd At the Vatican Pope Pius XII appeared on his balcony and blessed a crowd of 100000 gath ered below in St Peters Square It was the ailing pontiffs first pub lic appearance since his collapse on Dec 2 A great roar of Viva II Papa reverberated through the square The frail 78yearold pontiff lift ed his arms and intoned the apos tolic blessing on the kneeling throng He remained at his apart ment window for In his annual minutes blessing to the world the Pope had expressed hope that Christs message of peace would reach out and be welcomed in sincerity of deeds by the people of all lands and their rulers He was able to broadcast the brief statement from his Vatican apart ment but could not deliver his usual lengthy Christmas message Frontier Troubles The gunfire in the Holy Land drew the attention of United Na tions observers to the troubled IsraelJordan frontier It was not a major incident but underscored the sharp contrast between war and peace in Palestine At Bethlehem the birthplace of Jesus 10000 tourists and Chris tian pilgrims celebrated midnight mass in St Catherines chapel then descended into the Grotto of the the stonehewn cav ern believed to have housed the manger in which Christ was born In the Holy Land barbed wire barricades were lowered Friday Bight to permit pilgrims to cross from Israel into Jordan to worship Push Sift of Murder Plot HACKENSACK NJ W Police in three states Saturday pushed their investigation of an alleged plot to slay AFL Seafarers Union official Paul Hall amidst claims by one man already arrested that the affairs is just a big smear Ray White of Tampa Fla who is running against Hall for the 000ayear job as secretarytreasur er of the union termed the plot a smear Friday after being released in Tampa in bail on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder White said union politics are behind the case and he believed Hall rigged the plot to discredit him lie said Hall would use the charge to have him brought before a union committee and thrown out of the AFL affiliate Three other men including the selfconfessed triggerman 33year old James E Cobb of Tampa also have been charged with conspira cy Police said the group probably included three more men and their arrests are expected shortly Christs birthplace in hem Judge Asks Recount of Nov 2 Polk Co Race for Attorney DBS MOINES cast Nov 2 in the Polk County attorney race will be recounted District Judge Thomas Murrow ruled Fri day Ray Harrison unsuccessful Re publican candidate had contested the election on grounds of fraud A special election court ruled Tuesday that Harrisons request for a recount should be granted Leo Tapscott Democratic win ner then filed an appeal to dismiss Bethlcthe contest if Harrison didnt pro tvidc more specific information Coulter Farm Woman Killed Christmas Eve 62lst highway fatality saddened a Coulter farm home on Christmas Eve Mrs Robert Kragel who lived with her husband and daughter on a farm southwest of Coulter was killed Friday after noon at the intersection of two Franklin County roads Both Mrs Kragel and Albert Johnsen 79 were alone in their cars when they collided 1V4 miles west of Coulter Johnsen a farm er 2Vz miles west of Coulter was in a Hampton hospital Saturday and his condition reported not critical Johnsen was going north and Mrs Kragel west when they col lided The cars both stopped in he ditch northwest of the intersec tion Ernest Harms a county road worker was first on the scene He said Mrs Kragel had passed him shortly before1 going about 30 miles an hour He picked her up from the ditch beside her car and she died in his arms he said Her head was badly bruised One passerby suggested that Mrs Kragel had been blinded by the set ting sun on Christmas Eve so she could not see Johnsens car in the intersection Mrs Kragel 33 was Roselle Richmier before her marriage She was a member of the HanseE High School state championship basket ball team in 1941 Both cars were demolished FBI Makes Arrest in Holdup of Bank SAN ANTONIO Tex ft The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Friday night the arrest in connection with a An drews AFB Maryland bank rob bery last August Leon J Russell 23 of New York City was taken into custody here by FBI agents for the second time Thursday and arraigned before US Commissioner A V Knight on a charge of being an accessory after the fact in assisting Earl Kill Smith to evade arrest He is being held in lieu of bond rAII About The Weather City Pleasant Fair and mild Fair colder Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 a m Satur day Maximum Minimum At 8 a m YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Accident at Airport in Prestwick 36 Aboard Big Craft PRESTWICK Scotland A British Overseas Airways Strato cruiser overturned and burst into flames while landing at Prestwick Airport early this Christmas morn ing Twentyeight of the 36 persons aboard were killed The big New Yorkbound airliner was carrying 25 passengers and 11 crewmen Seven of the crew were able to escape when the nose oJ the ship broke off in the crash but only one unidentified passenger survived BOAC officials said the casualtj list would not be given out unti the next of kin were notified Although the plane was one o BOACs first class flight to New York only four of the passengers were headed for the United States The other 21 apparently Scots re turning home for Christmas were scheduled to get off in Prestwick the airport for Glasgow Nine Employes Nine of the passengers were BOAC employes The tragedy occurred at am Rain enveloped the field and lowhanging clouds obscured the view as the big plane swooped in for a landing Alex Tate a Scot employea as a bus driver for US Air Force units stationed at Prestwick said the airliner pancaked on the run way There was A trail of fire for about a half mile he said Then there was an explosion Soon the plane was a blazing inferno Two of the illfated crafts four engines were hurled 60 feet by the blast as the plane polled over on its side U S airmen and firemen sta ioned at the field dashed into the ilames in efforts to rescue the rapped men and women The pilot of the ship Capt W iaing Stewart was one of the sev en crewmen saved when the nose jroke off The other four crewmen apparently were caught in the pas senger cabin Fresh Crew All 11 crew members had been scheduled to end their run at Prest wick where a fresh crew waited to ake the plane on to New York Stewart had delayed the start of he flight from London Airport for our hours because of bad weather conditions in Manchester where the plane was scheduled to make ts firststop The stop at the big Vlidlands city finally was can celed Among the dead were the wife of the planes navigator John God dard and their small child They were travelling with him for a Christmas holiday in Scotland Goddard escaped with only face injuries Stewart served with the Royal Air Force in India during World War II A pilot since 1931 he flew Field Marshal Viscount Montgom ery to Egypt to take command of he British 8th Army prior to the famous battle of El Alamein The accident occurred about half way along the airports PAmilc ong runway The plane was envel oped in flames almost immediate y Little There was little hope for the passengers he said They were all trapped but one When the crash occurred the aircraft was ruptured amidships Luckily for the passenger who escaped the hole which appeared n the fuselage when the body cracked was immediately at his side SAM I DATIIW4W to MM It GlobeGazette photo by Gibfos ONE OF Mike Schneider wanted for Christ mas was a dog Here he is with Beaver Creek Jet III a registered Labrador which Mike prefers to call Bis mark It was picked from a deluge of offers by North lowans in answer to an appeal in the GlobeGazette New Puppy Is Gift Mike Schneider Has C All North Iowa has sure gone to the dogs in a very generous Christmasy way says Mrs Carl Schneider Her son Mike had his choice of so many dogs for Christmas that he had a very hard time picking one she reported Mikes pet Dach shund died some time ago and his mother at first vetoed the idea that he get another Mrs Schneider had to change her mind when Mike finally came to her and said he wanted no Christmas presents if he could not have a dog She called veterinarians the police dog pound and finally the GlobeGazette trying to find dog Christmas Eve in the home at 1104 Georgia NE Mike had his dog a pedigreed Labrador Beaver Creek Jet III from Don and Irene Millers Iredon Kennels Mike pre fers to call the 7monthold puppy Bismark Mrs Schneider was quite over come by the deluge of telephone calls which followed the GlobeGa ette report Thursday evening she inally had to fix herself a tray be side the telephone in order to get any supper she said Calls came from all of North xwa Clear Lake Swaledale Lake Wills Sheffield and many others she said There was even one from iowa Falls and of course many from Mason City Even people who dont have a dog called because they are con cerned and hope Mike will get one One woman called to say she lad no dog but would have her hus band drive her out to a farm where she could get one A girl sounded as if she was in tears She was com pelled to give up her pet because of a landlords order She sounded very relieved when told Mike couldnt go for a Pekingese Mikes father had no comment Monona Youth Dies in Crash MCGREGOR MVRalph schuite 16 Monona died at 3 am Satur day in a McGregor hospital of in juries suffered in an auto accident about pm Friday Young Schuite was a brother of Norma Schuite former Monona girls basketball star Schuite was alone in his car when it apparently skidded out of control on an icy curve on a gravel road two miles north of Elkadcr Clayton Counly Sheriff Forest Fischer said the car overturned SchuJte was taken to the McGregor Hospital by ambulance It was at first thought the youth had suf fered only bruises and a broken wrist Besides his parents he is sur vived by several sisters HOLLER DIES KEOKUK W Holler 53 manager of the TriStatcs Credit Bureau here died Friday while shopping in downtown Keo kuk Mendes to Make Last Ditch Try Defense Shift Is Pending By JOHN M HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON UP The United Stales and Britain arc informally considering alternative plans for making West Germany a partner n Western defense H the French Assembly finally kills German re armament next week Meantime they clung officially to the hope that French Premier Pierre Mendes F r a n c c by staking his governmcjji t s life on the mat ter can win re versal of the 280259 vote by which the French Assem bly rcj e c t e d the plan Fri day If that fails Secretary Mendei of State Dulles is known to be thinking in terms of a shift in strategic design which would base the Western defense system on England the low countries and West Germany and greatly reduce reliance on France Spains role would be enhanced as would that of other peripheral countries like Italy Plan Rejected Such a plan has been projected by British and American officials before Notably last summer when France rejected a plan for con trolled German rearmament under Ihe European Defense Community plan President Eisenhower vacation ing inAugusta Ga conferred at length by telephone with Dulles Friday He then auhorized his press secretary to state that he regards the new French vote as an act of utmost seriousness and that he and Dulles can not believe that it represents the final French decision It was as far as the two Ameri can leaders thought this govern ment should go in warning the French publicly and in appealing or a reversal of the vote But the British government which perhaps can speak more freely as a European ally of France put out a blunt statement which had full American support The issue it said is not whether the German Federal Re public will rearm but how New Qutstion Dulles fears that the new Assem bly vote has raised the funda mental question of Frances ability to reach responsible decisions re quired of a great power Coming on top of the offhand way in which the Assembly killed EDC the new vote it was felt may make Con gress extremely reluctant to ap prove mutual security funds for France next session U S officials consider the Ger man rearmament issue critical as to timing because of its relation ship with the leadership of West German Chancellor Konrad Ade nauer Undor Adenauer the Ger mans have been willing officially to accept restrictions on their mili tary capacity JOHN FOSTER DULLES Strategy Cheer Fund Reaches the Mark Final Tabulations Well Above Goal Three anonymous gifts received after the formal close of the 1954 Christmas Cheer Fund solicitation Friday afternoon raised the cash total to and the grand to tal to One of the last minute gifts for 4 was from Grafton the other two for each came in envelopes bearing a Mason City postmark The communitys generous re sponse in this project according to Miss Doris Bruce executive sec rotary of Family Service Inc ad ministrator of the fund made pos sible a full jneeting of Xhrlstmas needs 29 Suceeftef in a Row Merchandise gifts with a total value of will help carry Christmas over into 1955 for many families she added This was the 29th Christmas Cheer Fund solicitation conducted by the GlobeGazette since 1925 when Publisher L P Loomis intro duced the idea here In each campaign the goal has been met but the over the top total this year set a new mark Once during the war packages containing spiced meat and like items were mailed to all local bpys in service some of them in distant places The cash goal of was reached and surpassed New Peacetime Mark But this years total in both cash and merchandise is the largest amount ever raised in peacetime A fact which gives the GlobeGa zette a special pride is that this record of uniform success is opy based on voluntary giving It springs from the generous char acter of our community There cant be much wrong with a community that year after year will turn in a performance like this observed Earl Hall who since the start of the Cheer Fund has made it his personal assign ment BURP FOR Danny Mclntyre 6 son of a Fort Worth burp for Christmas Thats right Its a great gift since hes learning speak through the use of burps a method called esophageal speech airman a new way to Needy Behind Iron Curtain Receive U S Food Gifts AUGUSTA Ga UP The United States government Satur day sent gifts of food behind the jron Curtain The White House reported that our ships arrived at Iron Curtain sorts this Christmas Day with ood for peoples still left hungry by floods last spring The shipments are part of an milliondollar program set up by the government some months ago The report said the ships are arriving at Stettin Poland and Rijeka Yugoslavia with cargoes of American wheat and corn for Czechoslovakia Hungary and Yu goslavia A shipment of 203 tons of butter for Yugoslavia is scheduled to arrive before the new year Davenport Girl in Coma 3rd Christmas DAVENPORT M Pollock 14 the Davenport coma girl slept through her third Christmas Saturday The girl daughter of Mr and Mrs Cecil Pollock has been in a coma for more than two years fol lowing an operation for a brain ab scess ;