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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 26, 1946, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME H I STOSY AN3 A CM I V Ot 3 I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LIU Associated Prea and Unlttd Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copyl MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY DECEMBER 26 1946 This Paper Consists of Two One No 65 HOLIDAY TRAFFIC DEATH TOLL 213 GIVES WARNING OF CONSPIRACY FORREVOLUTION Top Counsel for House Group Sees Movement Through General Strike AVashington Adam son chief counsel for the house committee on unAmerican activi ties says there is a conspiracy afoot to foment revolution in this country through a general strike or otherwise The matter is dealt with in a formal report which Adamson has given the committee The docu ment summarizes information as sembled by his staff during 1946 Although printed by the gov ernment printing office the re port has not yet been approved formally by the committee Besides referring to the revo lution conspiracy the report A contains critical references to representatives of foreign govern ments attached to the United Na tions B claims that 17 import ant labor unions are controlled by communists and C calls the Library Congress a haven for aliens and foreignminded Ameri cans Of the general findings Adam son wrote This committee cannot em phasize too strongly to the house and to the country the danger from this fifth column within our gates which follows with blind obedience the dictates of Moscow They must be recognized for what they agents of a foreign government and enemies of our American system During the last 2 years Adam son declared most of Europe has succumbed to a world wide on slaught from the totalitarian left and England is enroute thus leaving the United States the main bulwark against this on iiaugiit The chief counsel said deep inroads already have been made in this country by the forces of communism and they have suc ceeded in entrenching themselves in government labor and educa tion In the opinion of the commit tee Adamson continued the most serious penetration has been within the labor movement where the communists dominate 17 vital unions of the so vital that our very national security is dependent upon them During the last 6 months Ad amson reported the committee has found that numerous repre sentatives of foreign nations who are attached to the United Nations have been attending meetings sponsored by the communist fronts in the United States and address ing the audiences upon matters affecting the United Nations However in every instance these United Nations representa tives are presenting one sided opinions directed in favor of the Russian foreign policy and the nations which they themselves represent Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy Thurs day night and Friday occasional light snow Friday night colder Friday night Low est Thursday night about 17 tawa Cloudy Thursday night and Friday with occasional light northwest and extreme north portions Thursday night and in north and east portions Friday little change in tem perature until becoming colder Friday night Lows Thursday night 18 north to 22 south Highs Friday 30 north to 37 south Minnesota Mostly cloudy Thurs day night with snow spreading over most of the state Thursday night Not so cold Thursday night Friday snow in forenoon becoming snow flurries and turning colder in afternoon Snow likely to be moderate to heavy central and extreme northeast portions IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum 47 Minimum 12 At 8 a m Thursday 13 YEAR AGO Maximum 26 Minimum 9 GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 28 Minimum 11 At 8 a m Wednesday 28 YEAR AGO Maximum 24 Minimum 20 62 Killed in Plane Crashes at Shanghai Shanghai Airlines officials announced Thursday that 62 persons were killed and 16 in jured seriously when 3 Chinese Airliners trapped by fog crashed outside Shanghai within 3 hours Wednesday night A fourth Chinese Airliner car rying 7 passengers was missing and was feared to have crashed Among the known dead in Chi nas worst commercial airlines dis aster was an American Capt J M Greenwood pilot of one of the crashed planes Twelve persons were killed in the first crash including all 8 pas sengers 3 crew members and a Chinese peasant woman whose house was hit by the plane Nine teen died in the second crash and 31 in the third First reports by the Chinese Air lines that 77 persons died in the 3 crashes were reduced when res cue workers reaching the wreck age of one plane found fewer per sons aboard than had been be lieved All 3 pilots fought desperately to land their planes safely after being caught unexpectedly by fog and rain They could not turn back because the field they had left lacked night landing facilities Their fuel supplies were exhaust ed while they tried to make blind landings at Shanghai The 3 crashed planes were en route to Shanghai from Chung king Two belonged to the China National Aviation corporation and one to the China Air Transport corporation Thirteen passenger planes were converging on Shanghai at night fall when the weather closed in One landed safely at the Kiang wan military airdrome Eight were believed to have turned back safe ly to other fields All 3 doomed planes made brief stops at Wuchang on the Yangtze river received favorable weather reports and continued toward Shanghai Detnse fog with zero visibility but it was too late for the 3 to turn back JAP GUNS USED ON FRENCHMEN Report Troops Making Progress in Fighting Saigon French com munique said Thursday that Viet Nam forces were using Japanese 75millimeter guns against them in the Haiphong area The communique said that French forces were making pro gress south of Hanoi while the native quarter of that city is en circled with a ring of steel A reliable but unofficial source reported Thursday that the Viet Nam government of Ho Chi Minh was believed to be at Hadong a suburb of Hanoi Admiral Theirry DArgenlieu in a Christmas broadcast over Saigon radio Wednesday night said that France could not be compelled to make agreements she alone would respect She does not mean that in the present condition of evolution of IndoChinese nations to grant to them unconditional and total in dependence which could be preju dicial to parties the interests of both Thorium an important basic source of atomic power is also used in radio tubes tungsten lamp filaments gas lamp mantles and luminous watch dials WC Fields Dies With Finger on Lips and Winking at Nurses By VIRGINIA MacFHERSON United Press Staff Correspondent Hollywood new gener ation of comedians paid tribute to W C Fields who worked hard to become great drank hard to forset it and died trying to get from audi Fields passed Wednes day at the Las Encinas s a n i FIELDS tarium with his finger to lips and winking at the nurses who had tiptoed to his bedside Doctors said the 67 year old comedians death at p m was caused by dropsy and that he had been in a critical condition for several months Fields said recently his condition was partly due to the fact doctors kept him on a diet of milk a whitish fluid they forced down helpless babies Fields liked to boast that he spent the last 46 years on a diet of olives floating in alcohoi and it was his own idea that he be known as a chronic alcoholic He was the butt of every drunkard joke including several tossed his way Wednesday afternoon by radio and film Comedian Bob Hope during an allstar broadcast Neither Hope nor other members of the cast had been informed of Fields death I saw IV C Fields on the street and waved Hope said and he weaved back The world is sure going to lose a lot of laughs Hope said later He was one of the worlds greatest comedians Fields who struck it rich when he played Dickens Micawber in the movie David Copperfield lived the boyhod life of a Dick ens waif He slept in caves barns and parks and filched apples from corner groceries Begged and borrowed nickels he spent for ginger ale in saloons so he could get the free lunch Thrilled by a juggling he saw when he sneaked into a vaudeville house he practiced 16 hours a day with stolen apples rocks and tennis balls that bounced over walls After a years practice he got a job which paid so little he owed his boss 10 cents a week New jobs juggling for 20 shows a day made him one of the worlds foremost jugglers He toured the world picking up an education Cheer Fund Total Ends at Two additional one for from the Pritchard Motor company employes and one for from the Belly Floor Pack ers at brought the 1946 Christmas Cheer Fund total to 5212889 Of this sum cash gifts totaled 5177714 and merchandise gifts totaled The amount over the campaign goal was an all time record All previous 20 Cheer Fund campaigns have gone over the top but none by so wide a margin to all who had a part in this inspir ing success story RESUME SEARCH FOR LOST PLANE Fate of 12 Passengers in Wreck Is Unknown San Diego Cal parties climbing over jagged rocks through a blinding rainstorm re sumed the search Thursday for a Western Airlines transport which disappeared Christmas eve with 12 persons aboard Visibility was cut to half a mile on the ground by the rain and planes were unable to aid in the search By a process of elimination deputy sheriffs leading the search estimated the plane to be within a 5 mile square about 2 miles north ofvwherean American Air liner crashed March 3 That would place it at about 5000 feet eleva tion Chances for survivors among the 9 holidaybound passengers and 3 crew members appearedpoor Ranchers and 3 high school boys reported they saw a flash and a fire in the mountains 11 minutes after the 2engined DC3 made its last radio report and a house wife who also saw the flash said it was followed by an explosion Coast guard pilot Lt Ira JtcMul len reported he saw a spver tail through the overcast flO miles east of Mount other wreckage scattered oVer a wide area Visibility was so poor that searchers were unable to identify the wreckage definitely In southwestern desert areas of the United States as much as 100 inches of water will dry up in a years time Bilbo Set to With Embarrassing Questions Washington of Theodore G Bilbo D Miss said Thursday that he is ready to fight oust Bilbo efforts with some of the most embarrassing arguments the senate ever has heard Bilbo was reported getting ready to answer both 1 The charge that his reelection in 1946 was invalid because Negroes were barred from theJuly 2 Mississippi democratic primary 2 The charge that he is guilty of moral turpitude because he accepted gratuities from Mississippi contractors whom he helped get government jobs during the emergency Sen Elmer Thomas p Okla a member of the special senate committee which investigated the campaign charges reached the conclusion that the inquiry failed to produce a valid case against Bilbo And Thomas reported Bilbo is preparing heavy ammunition to fight the war contractor charges Bilbo has investigating the relationships of other senators with war contractors Thomas told reporters Thomas conceded that he per sonally did everything he could to help his own constituents share in the defense and war programs and said he wouldnt be the least bit embarrassed by anything Bil bo turns up I left no stone unturned to get my state military establishments and I favored Oklahoma contract ors over outsiders Thomas said I made it an issue in my last campaign A senator is expected to be a servant of his state and if he isnt a good agent he doesnt stay here long On that basis Thomas doubted that the war contractor charges against Bilbo can be invoked as an argument to deny Bilbo his seat As a member of the committee which heard the charges of racial discrimination against Bilbo in 4 days of public hearings at Jack son Miss early this month Thom as said I heard nothing that convinced me Bilbo should be refused his seat along the way He once took a truck to a bookstoreand ordered the manager to fill it Among the works was a set which Fields learned almost by heart During a serious 10 years ago Fields deliriously quoted lines of Micawber for hours at a time Picking up bis career from the pieces left by the 1929 crash which wipedout his savings the bulbousnosed juggler pyramided his taste for drink into a world famous career as funnyman and a milliondollar fortune He made enough wisecracking about his thirst to furnish a luxurious Hol ywood home in the style every married man just dreams about Ive been on a 46year diet of rjlives and alcohol he often said The latter I consume The former I save and use over again n more alcohol In my lifetime imagine I have consumed at least worth of whisky The only piece of furniture in iiis vast living room was a mag nificent pool table surrounded by tiigh chairs with chromium legs and leather upholstery Instead of cluttering up his mahogany paneled library with books Fields installed a huge pingpong table He kept quart jars of double martinis mixed and on hand Said he was a man who didnt like to wait when his tongue got dry Thats why he ordered a custom built black and gold electric re wheels It would go anywhere in the house he said When he wanted ice he wanted fast Fields unhappiest days he said once came during the war The liquor shortage got him There was nothing to drink around his house except fly spray mouth wash imitation vanilla extract the stuff in the coils of his re frigerator and the squeezings from his Christmas pudding I was a desperate man he told friends I wrung out that pudding like a wet chamois skin But the amount and quality of the Lyy AP Wlrephotft STORK WINS stork and the police had a race in Davenport Christmas day and the latter finished a good second The ciiy ambulance was called to take Mrs Paul Hart to a hospital Officers managed to get her to an ele vator entrance at the hospital when the stork won out The N5 pound 14 ounce girl shown above are doing Report Bricker Will Bow Out of 0hio Race in Favor of Taft But Neither Senator J4as Announced His Bid for GOP Choice Washington Robert A Taft a power among republi cans for almost a decade will be Ohios choice for the GOP presi dential nomination in 1948 the United Press learned Thursday It was learned reliably that SenElect John W Bricker R Ohio will remove his name from the list of republican presidential possibilities to insure united Ohio suport for the 57 year old Taft at the 1948 GOP convention The solid support jot the Ohio delegation would put Taft among the foremost contenders for the honor of leading the republican party in its fight to recapture the white house Neither Taft nor Bricker has announced his candidacy formally But both have been listed high on the roster of possible GOP presi dential nominees Thursdays disclosure eased the confusion surrounding the 2 Ohio favorite sons Taft made a bold bid for the GOP nomination in 1940 but lost out in the lastminute surge of the late Wendell Willkie Bricker won 2nd place on the unsuccessful 1944 ticket headed by New York Gov Thomas E Dewcy Bricker then governor of Ohio supported Taft in the 1940 fight and Taft not a candidate himself returned the compliment 4 years later GOP leaders in Ohio fear that if the 2 were candidates in 1948 a split would develop within the delegation which might kill the chances of both Taft announcedfecenlly that he has decidedto accept the chair manship of the senate labor com post that will keep him very much in the public eye for the next 2 years In addition he is slated to head the powerful GOP senate steering committee Chokes on Turkey New York UR Harold C Vaughan Jr 38 choked to death on a piece of turkey Wednesday while eating Christmas dinner with his wife and father in his home at East Hills Long Island ARREST WITNESS IN AUTO MISHAP Ionia Farmer Held in Fatality on Highway New Hampton John A Schmidt 41 farmer near Ionia was in jail here Thursday as a material witness following the death of Louis Wendro 49 neigh bor farmer who was fatally in jured early Wednesday morning when his own automobile crushed him 7Jmiles north of Ionia Sheriff George C Murray said Schmidt and left the latters farm home and were only threequarters of a mile down the road when the car left the high way at a m The officer said Wendro ap parently had attempted to push the car back on the road but in some manner it rolled ahead and crushed him between 2 willow trees along the right of way Sheriff Murray said Schmidt had walked to the Wendro farm started a tractor then drove back to the scene of the accident at tempting to pull the car off Wen dro but when this failed he drove back to the farm The sheriff was called about a m and he drove to the place with Dr Earl E Gardner Schmidt a former serviceman was ar rested and brought to town It was Chickasaw counlys 5th auto fatality this year the 4th since Dec 1 Hand Grenades Thrown at Cairos British Club Cairo unsuccessful at tempt to destroy the British Pic cadilly Soldiers club at Port Said was reported by police Thursday They said 2 hand grenades wrapped in gasolinesoaked cot ton were hurled at the club The grenades failed to explode al though the cotton was burning Police said the grenadethrowers escaped brandy gible so rendered was negli SEEfeWIN GEORGIA BLAZE 5075 Guests Escape Injury in Hotel Fire Macon Ga UR Investigators searched deserted corridors and rooms Thursday for clues to the origin of the general alarm fire which gutted a large section of the 6story Lanier hotel on Christmas eve Between SO and 75 guests escaped without injury The fire could have been dis astrous but for the coolness of the hotel staff and Lt Robert L Smithy 34 of Reidsville N Car in guiding guests down elevators and stairways to safety Marjorie Bishop 30 year old telephone operator remained calmly at her switchboard warn ing guests shortly before Christ mas eve midnight to leave their rooms Elevator operators and bellhops pitched in evacuating guests with a minimum of hysteria although many were frightened remember ing the Winecoff hotel fire in At lanta earlier this month Miss Bishop said that most of the guests were away from the hotel celebrating Christmas Wholesale Butter Prices Dip 10 Cents Chicago butter prices broke as much as 10 cents a pound at New York and 6 cents here Thursday and a dairy group official predicted the break was of a fluctuating which probably the beginning price period would level off with lower prices by next March Owen Richards general man ager of the American Dairy as sociation said the prices of butter should be down from 80 to 85 cents a pound by March The current break in wholesale prices he said should be re flected in the retail counters within 24 hours He pointed out that butter production and sales are on a daytoday basis Richards said however that retail grocers might grant con sumers only a part of the benefit of lowered wholesale prices for fear that wholesale prices will jump up again 3 days from now He said that current retail but ler cents at Chicago and 98 cents at New York and the west coast could dip 7 8 or 10 cents as a result of the whole sale drop Its all a guess he said It depends on how the grocers guess about Fridays wholesale prices He said the unusual fluc tuating price period was caused by the movement away from shortages into a normal period of supply and demand Prices will keep fluctuating with retail prices probably fol lowing wholesale prices on a 24 hour basis until we get into the high production period next March when prices will level off he said The 10cent break at New York eliminated a recent differ ential in wholesale butter prices between New York and Chicago which no one has been able to explain Reed said 2 Survivors of Plane Crash Are Rescued Montreal more sur vivors of a crashed Quebec Air ways plane were rescued by small boat Thursday from a drifting ice floe in the St Lawrence river airline officials announced The 2 men who were marooned on the floating ice since the plane crashed 4 days ago were taken to Petite Vallee a settlement on the Gaspe coast The rescue performed in a blinding snowstorm was made additionally hazardous by drifting ice in the river which threatened to upset the rescue craft No report on the condition of the men ately was available immedi Spared Eviction Des Moines Venela Davis a widow and mother of 2 young boys must find a new place to live but a kindhearted bailiff spared her from being put out on the street during the Christmas holidays The bailiff Willis Chester refused to serve an evic tion notice before Christmas The home Mrs Davis rented was sold 6 months ago GOP Food Study Group Urges Sugar Roosf for Housewives Washington house republican food study committee re newing its criticism of the administrations sugar program demanded Thursday that housewives get special consideration in any increase in the sugar ration in 1947 The committee said the supply picture should permit an increase in both individual and industrial sugar rations next year But if the situation improves further it said any additional hike should go ex clusively io housewives The committee said in a report to GOP House Leader Joseph W Martin Jr that industrial users all during the war got more than their fair share of sugar housewives because they were easier to regulate received the short end of the sugar deal 5 PERSONS ARE KILLED IN IOWA ON CHRISTMAS U S Highway Fatalities Far Exceed Prediction of 150 by Safety Group By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The gaiety of the Christmas hol iday turned to sadness Thursday in scores ol the nations homes where black crepe replaced the reen holly as a mounting toll of violent deaths most of them in traffic accidents were recordett since early Christmas eve Generally fair weather through out the country lured thousands of motorists to the highways many in their new Christmas au tomobiles and the number of traf fic fatalities totaled 213 Violent deaths by miscellaneous plane and train crashes asphyxiation accounted for victims The 261 total this Christmas compared to 414 in 1945 which included 219 traffic fatalities Five persons lost their lives in Iowa accidents Wednesday as warm clear Christmas weather served to hold down the antici pated toll of traffic fatalities The dead Jerome Hansel 20 Dubuque Palmer P Lang 50 laundry worker of Des Moines Louis Wandro 49 Ionia farmer Clarence O Sales 59 South Sioux City Nebr Mrs Ruth Curtis Starr 22 Wal cott Lang was injured fatally when struck by a street car in Des Moines about 7 p m Wandros car left the road and crushed him against a tree 14 miles northwest of New Hampton Sales fell 15 feet to his death from a railroad trestle at South Sioux City early Wednesday Po lice saidhe apparently drove on to the trestle by mistake and fell after he stepped out of his car Mrs Starr was fatally injured when the jeep in which she was riding with her husband near Mew Dixon collided with an au Four other persons were njured none seriously Hansel died Thursday of in juries suffered when his car ilungcd down an embankment at Dubuque Christmas eve Iowa safety officials had pre dicted on the basis of experience and traffic volume that 10 lowans probably would die in highway nishaps The 213 national iraffic deaths were far in excess of the 150 es timated by the National Safety council from 6 p m Tuesday ihrough Wednesday A council spokesman said the eventual death toll in highway accidents for the period would be considerably more than 300 More than onefourth of the traffic in California The heavy toll in high way accidents was blamed by a police traffic official on a com bination of wet streets and drink ing Fortythree of the 55 deaths were reported in a 10county area near Los Angeles Rain and fog were reported in the area Illinois violent death toll ranked 2nd with 27 including 22 in traffic mishaps Nineteen of the fatalities occurred in the Chi cago area Nebraska reported one death in an automobile accident When she had coupons it said her grocer had no sugar when there was plenty of sugar she had no coupons When the beet sugar warehouses of the west were bulging the store shelves of the east were bare As a result the committee said it will insist with whatever weight it can that any increase in the sugar ration in 1947 go only to housewives Sen Hugh Butler R Nebr after reading the committees re port said he would make sugar a big issue in the new congress I have serious doubts that we should continue the federal con trol program we have followed for several years he said in a for mal statement Removal of all controls would ultimately increase both the acre age of sugar beets and sugar cane Possibly what we need is just a plain old fashioned tariff to pro tect this important industry The committee challenged Sec retary of Agriculture Clinton P Andersons estimate that the in dividual sugar ration could be in creased only 5 pounds per person in April This would bring the total basic ration to 20 pounds a year It said the sugar supply outlook warrants an increase of at least 10 pounds per person with the possibility that rationing can be dropped entirely later in the year Anderson also said that indus trial sugar users probably could be boosted from 60 to 70 per cent of their prewar consumption The committee conceded that individual industrial users appar ently had been held to 60 per cent of their 1941 base use But it said so many new firms are getting sugsr and so many old firms are receiving sugar for new purposes that industrial consumption this year will total 2819000 tons com pared with 2337000 tons in 1939 CASE STRIKE IS IN SECOND YEAR Wis Plants Still Hit by Walkout Racine Wis J I Case Farm Equipment strike went into its 2nd year Thursday The work of the longest on Dec 2S 1945 after 21 months o negotia tions Originally some 6500 CIO United Automobile Workers struck at 5 plants in Wisconsin Illinois and Iowa At Rock Island 111 and Bur lington Iowa the 2200 employes returned o work within 2 months The Rockford 111 plant remained idle 347 days before the 1000 workers returned early this month That left the 2 Racine plants on strike The main plant normally employing 1500 work ers turns out hay balers corn pickers and other harvesting equipment About 2000 workers are struck against the tractor plant Except for minor scuffles when pickets turned nonstriking fore men away from the factories there has been no violence A third of the people in Tra vancorc a state in India are Christians r ;