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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 27, 1950, Mason City, Iowa IORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 1OWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LVI Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY DECEMBER 27 1949 This Paper Consuls ot Two No C7 REMAINS OF FIRE HOLOCAUSTThis is a general view of all that remain small business district of Hyndham Pa after it was engulfed in flames Sunday night One business district was burned completely to the ground Fire was believed to have started from a Christmas tree in a jewelry store Holidays Death Toll Above 500 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS At least 579 violent deaths were grim payment Tuesday for the nations 3day Christmas holiday another long weekend looming ahead One person was killed in traf fic fire or one of a variety of other accidents approximately every 13 minutes during theholi day period from 6 p m local time Friday until midnight Mon day The biggest killer as usual was the automobile with 397 A large portion of them were pedestrians Fires killed 65 persons many of them children And children were notable amortg victims of 94 mis cellaneous accidents The traffic toll was less than predicted by the National Safety council but Ned Dear born president of the council pointed out that the cost in lives paid for the holiday in all types of accidents was higher than the 550 claimed in the Texas City Tex disaster of 2 years ago Our holidays have become a teries of Texas Cities Dear born said In a week we may ex pect another joyous weekend of mass murder over New the people have sickened of making horror days out of holidays One of the most horrifying traffic accidents occurred in Texas Friday night when an au tomobile and a gasoline truck col lided Gas splashed from the trucks ruptured tank and ignited turning the vehicles into pyres A family of 5 in the automobile and the truck driver perished A mother and her 6 children died in a fire which swept their San Antonio Tex home There were deaths from shootings falls electrocutions plane crashes ex posure and asphyxiation Galls for Prayer for Mindszenry New York Francis Cardi nal Spellman Tuesday asked a nationwide radio audience to pray fbr Joseph Cardinal Mindzenty on the first anniversary of the arrest of the Catholic primate of Hun gary Mindzenty was sentenced to life imprisonment for treason The New York archbishop said In a network NBC broadcast There can be no compromise be tween Catholicism and commu nism no middle course between democracy and dictatorship End Cleveland Transit Strike Cleveland ff AFL unionists bowed to a court injunction Tues day and called off the citys 6day transit strike By a voice vote members of the AFLTransit union voted over whelmingly to abide by an injunc tion ordering them to give up the strike against the c i t yowned Cleveland transit system Buses and street cars were ex pected to start rolling almost im mediately SAME ttoff M Christmas Holiday Weekend Means Death for 9 lowans By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Instead of gifts and good cheer the Christmas holiday weekend meant death for 9 lowans victims of accidents Six perished in automobile crashes one burned to death and one died in a fall from a freight car The dead John OBrien 50 Winthrop gro cer He was killed in the headon collision of 2 cars on highway 20 east of Winthrop Monday Nick Christiansen 56 of Manly He died Sunday of injuries suf fered when he fell7 earlier in the day from a refrigerator car in the Manly railroad yardg Fatally Injured Mrs Oshie Lawler 50 of Omaha She was fatally injured in an automobile accident north of Sidney Saturday night as she and her husband were enroute to Mis souri to spend Christmas LilaMae Schmidt 6 daughter of Mr and Mrs Paul Schmidt of Watkins She was killed Sunday in a 2car collision on a county road near Watkins John Wunder 9 son of Mr and Mrs John Wunder Adel He burned to death early Sunday when fire destroyed the 2story Wunder home Alfred Torkelson 56 of Ossian He was fatally injured late Satur day when his automobile ran off a county road about 4 miles north of Ossian Car Leaves Road AnQrew Olson 44 Eagle Grove farmer He was killed when his car went off a graveled road near Holmes Friday night Fred W Shetler 67 Marshall county farmer He was killed early Saturday when his car left the road near Marshalltown Charles T Cownie Jr 19 of Des Moines He was killed early Saturday when his car skidded into a tree near his home The period covered in the tabu lation of holiday accidents was from 6 p m Friday until midnight Monday Beardsley Maps Drive for Safety Des Moines broad at tack on accidents of all types was mapped Tuesday by Gov William S Beardsley As the first step in the projected safety program the governor called a meeting for 2 p m Thurs day of state officials and depart ment heads The governor said those sched uled to attend include the chair man of the highway commission the superintendent of public in struction the chairman of the commerce commission the director of aeronautics the commissioners of labor and aeronautics the di rector of the conservation com mission the secretary of agricul ture the chairman of the state board of education and the state industrial commissioner Governor Beardsley stressed that he was concerned not only about traffic accidents but about accidents in the home in industry on the farm and wherever they may occur Thursdays meeting he said would consider various methods of launching the safety drive and a coordinating committee on safe ty probably will be organized The governor said he will suggest a statewide meeting of leaders of civic fraternal patriotic and other organizations to canvass the whole safety problem RETIRED PRIEST DIES Dubuque will be held Wednesday for the Rev Aug use Drexler 89 a retired priest Father Drexler who had retired in 192R had served at Portsmouth and Riverside He died Sunday Recover Most of Loot Taken in Breakins Most of the loot which 4 young men have admitted they got in breaking into rural schools high schools and business places in the county has been recovered Sher iff Cal Dwan said Tuesday No charges have been filed against the youths The 4 Herbert Winters 18 Roy Lewis 22 and Jimmy Hibner 18 all of Mason City and Henry Ackerman 22 Northwood have confessed breakins at 9 rural schools in the county Dwan said as well as breaks at the Rock Falls Plymouth and Clear Lake high schools They also are wanted in connec tion with school breaks at Kensett and Manly and business places at Rock Falls Kensett Joice and Rockford A 22 pistol taken at a service station at Rockford has been recovered The schoolhouse thefts included small radios blankets and rifles Also taken were small amounts of change at several of the schools Records and accounts in a large safe taken at an implement store at Joice were largely intact it was reported The 350pound box was stolen from the store Thursday night and recovered after Lewis led officers to a spot 10 miles southeast of Mason City where it had been dumped from a bridge Windsors Arrive in United States New York Puke and Duchess of Windsor began a long vfsit Tuesday to the United States and Canada After a month or so in New York City the duke and duchess said they plan to go to their 4000 acre ranch in Alberta Canada for the rest of the 3 or 4 month visit It is their first visit to the U S in 18 months They arrived Mon day aboard the liner Queen Eliza beth 4 Homeless After Des Moines Fire Des Moines family of 4 was left homeless Tuesday as the result of a fire that destroyed their small home Monday night Sonner was downtown at the time and his wife and 2 sons Gil bert 15 and Burton 11 are in Oskaloosa visiting Mrs Sonners mother Mrs John Sopher Civil Rights One of Major 1950 Issues Rival Party Leaders Also Agree Social Security Big Question Washington UR Rival party leaders in the senate agreed Tues day that social security and civil rights are among the major issues before congress From that point on they are in legislative conflict To preview the 1950 session of congress the United Press asked senate democratic whip Francis J Myers Pennsylvania and Chair man Robert A Taft Ohio of the senate republican policy commit tee what they believe the chief issues will be Their diverging views were most marked on the question of government spending which the republican minority is expected to build into one of their major issues for the 1950 congressional cam paign High Priority Both Taft and Myers gave high priority to civil rights and social security legislation although Taft gave first place to the question of deficit spending and whether it shall be met by increased taxation or reduced expenses Myers assigned no priorities to the issues he listed but he said that a fundamental job for the sen ate would be to test its ability to limit the debate of filibustering minorities Other major issues listed by My ers included a bill easing credit for middle income housing health legislation not President Trumans health insurance the senateapproved aid for edu cation bill pending in the house extension of the Marshall plan government reorganization and excise tax relief After Budget After the budget issue Taft listed a proper social security program and civil rights Even more important are the Brannan farm income plan compulsory medicine and repeal of the TaftHartley law he said but I assume the administration will not make a serious effort to press these On these issues Taft is squarely against the administration He op posed the Brannan plan compul sory health insurance and repeal of the TaftHartley labor law since Rain Brings Some Relief to New York New York Rain The heaviest downpour last spring drenched New York ers and their watershed Tuesday and gave a measure of relief in the metropolis critical water shortage Precipitation was 65 of an inqh in the city itself during the past 24 hours somewhat less in the up state reservoir section and more than inches in parts of drought stricken New Jersey The weather bureau said more rain was coming Officials said storage in New Yorks Catskill and Croton reser voir systems rose 611000000 gal lons They estimated the eventual runoff at 3910000000 gallons about 4 days supply New reservoir stocks rose for the first time in 7 months Chief Engineer Edward J Clark of the New York water depart ment credited part of the gain to voluntary water saving methods which he said must be continued indefinitely Clark said more severe crack down methods had been proposed to curb water wasting but told re porters We have secured more by the voluntary approach on the Ameri can plan which is asking for co operation and pointing out to the public the actual factsand condi tions OPERATION SUCCESSFUL Des Moines Vern Branstetter who undeiwent a complex operation when he was 3 daysold is thriving and gaining weight now at 2 months of age The infant son of Mr and Mrs Herschel Branstetter Des Moines was born with a hole about 2 inches in diameter in his dia phragm Congress Move on Tax Evaders Seen Ottumwa Bus Drivers Out at Midnight Ottumwa resi dents returned to work Tuesday following the long Christmas holi day weekend the best way they could The 35 bus drivers and 8 ga ragemen of the public transit system struck at midnight Mon day night for a 20cent hourly wage increase The drivers now get an hour A lastminute meeting between representatives of the City Lines Inc Chicago and the drivers failed to settle the wage question Roy Schnedler company man ager said the company offered the drivers a continuation of the present contract but the drivers rejected the offer The company said it could not grant the wage increase request because it is losing money on its Ottumwa operations The drivers and garagemen agreed to postpone their strike until after the Christmas holidays so Ottumwa residents would have public transportation for Christ mas shopping The strike was set for 6 a m Monday but delayed until Tuesday when the company asked for a lastminute meeting Monday night Youths Held for Firing Blasts at Car Des Moines fi Three youths were being held in the Polk coun ty jail Tuesday for investigation in connection with shotgun blasts allegedly fired at a car near Johnston Monday night Deputy Sheriff Max Van Rees said the youths held are Robert Shiffer 18 and Bill Peterson 15 both of Johnston and Tom Nay lor 15 of Grimes He said Nay lor admitted firing two shots but had no explanation Van Rees described the inci dent as follows Mr and Mrs William M Don ald of Macedonia and Thomas Patterson of Camp Dodge were riding north toward Camp Dodge An old model car Donald said came along and brushed against our car it almost forced us into the ditch Donald started in pursuit of the car and when he got within 75 feet of it one of the occupants leaned out a rear window and fired at Donalds front wheels A short time later another blast was fired The Donalds notified the sher iffs office and the 3 youths were caught about 3 a m Tuesday after a chase Van Rees said 2 were caught in open fields Donald has filed a reckless driving charge against Shiffer Van Rees said No charges been filed against Naylor Peterson had and Will Ask Confidence Vote on French Budget Paris UR Premier Georges Bidault will ask the national as sembly Tuesday night or Wednes day for a series of new votes of confidence on his recordbreaking budget it was dis closed Tuesday The assembly is n9w in its 2nd day of articlebyarticle debate Bidault decided to use the con fidence weapon in an effort to ram the budget through before the Dec 31 deadline 10 GERMANS DROWN Wesel Germany young Germans apparently drowned Tuesday when a small boat sank and spilled them into the Rhine river Six others sur vived AP Wirephoto TRUMAN PHOTOGRAPH William A Randall of the Jackson county court pulls the cover from a photograph of President Truman as the picture hangingonthewall of the county court in Independence Mo is unveiled in a short ceremony The chief executive who once served as presiding judge of the Jack son county court looks on at right AFL Plans New Round of Wage Increase Demands for 1950 Washington AFL said Tuesday it will de mand another round of substantial wage increases in 1950 a bulletin to all affiliated unions the federation hinted that it will be unwilling to settle for anything less than an average boost of more than 10 cents an hour It told its member unions that as a matter of fact management could afford pay raises of from 7 to 15 cents an hour without a price increase if it would trim its production costs The bulletin however included these generally pessimistic eco nomic predictions li Unemployment in 1950 will reach the 5100000 mark about 1000000 above the 1949 high mainly because of the influx of new workers into the labor mar ket Outlook Bright 2 The business outlook is bright for the first 6 months of the new year but doubtful for the last half It said business will go into a slump after June in all probability unless wages are in creased and prices lowered The bulletin quoted no AFL spokesman but labor sources said that it unquestionably represented the top level thinking of President William Green and his associates The federation warned that the United States faces another bus iness readjustment next year But there is a strong and healthy economy in this nation it said and a depression can be avoided if all segments cooperate in a constructive program No Increase Wages must be raised without causing a general increase in liv ing costs it added The AFLs views contrasted with those of President Charles E Wilson of General Motors Corp who said that business conditions should be quite good in 1950 But in a copyrighted interview in U S New and World Report he conceded that labor strife or un foreseen developments in the in ternational situation could easily upset his forecast Einstein Puts Forward New Theory on Gravitation New York Albert Einstein whose theory of rela tivity helped open up the whole vast field of atomic research has put forward an even more sensa tional theory He calls it a generalized theory of gravitation It is a mathematical description of the mystery of common force that keeps our feet on the floor and rules the move ments of the stars If it can be proved it will be come a universal law and in the view of other scientists will stand as the highest scientific achieve ment of all time It would explain every physical motion in the universe from the inside of an atom to the enormous galaxies of outer space It would crown with success the life work of Einstein who has spent the last half of his 70 years looking for the answer to this ul timate problem known to science as the unified field theory It was revealed to the world here Monday on 20 mimeographed mixture of typewritten words and squiggly mathematical symbols that even scientists hesi tated to interpret It was the Eng lish translation of Einsteins orig inal German Einstein describes it as an ex tension of his relativity theory and was quick to point out that he has not yet found a practical way to confront the results of the theory with experimental evi dence or in short to prove When he published the general theory of relativity in 1915 Ein stein suggested several actual tests that could be made to prove his which actually did prove them in 1921 But this new theory is apparently so abstract that Einstein could not think of physical test for it Einstein himself was not pres ent at the public announcement which was made at the opening of the annual meeting of the Ameri can Association for the advance ment of Science The Princeton University press presented the paper It is publish ing it in February as an added chapter in Einsteins own book the meaning of relatively Ein stein is now professor of methe matics at the institute for advanced study at Princeton a inonuniver sity group for fundamental re search Several times before Einstein has thought he had the answer to the unified field theory then dis carded his ideas as fautly But now his friends think he has ac tually discovered it the magazine Scientific American said in a parallel article Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Increasing cloudiness Tuesday night with low 12 to 18 Wednesday snow and some what colder with high 24 to 28 Iowa Partly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday Colder Wednesday and northwest por tion Tuesday night Low Tues day night 510 above north west to 2228 southeast Iowa 5day weather outlook Temperatures will average 3 to 6 degrees above the seasonal normal Normal high 30 nor mal low 12 Slightly colder Wednesday Warmer Thursday Slightly colder Friday Precipi tation will average fo i inch moisture occurring as snow Thursday Saturday and Sun day Minnesota Clearing Tuesday night decidedly colder north and colder south portion Wednesday Wednesday light snow colder east and south Low Tuesday night ranging from 15 to 25 below extreme north to zero and 10 above south High Wednesday 5 below extreme north and 8 to 15 above south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Tuesday Maximum 24 Minimum 15 At 8 a m Tuesday 23 Snow inch Precipitation 02 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 26 Minimum i THE WINNERS OF CHUCKLE CONTEST FOR WEEK ENDING DEC 23 First Prize Mrs Elizabeth Koppernagel Belmond Iowa Second Prize Mrs C D Petheran Chapin Iowa Third Prize Larry Dalton Forest City Iowa Legislator Feels Hike Not Needed Martin Renews Plea for Million Excise Rate Cut Washington may call for a crackdown on tax evad ers and close some tax law loop holes before it considers any legislation to raise tax rates on individuals or corporations Rep Forand member of the taxframing house ways and means committee today told newsmen If every tax legally owed the government were collected I be lieve the budget could be bal anced without resorting to any tax increases Treasury and congressional tax experts now arc studying the problem of tax dodging Some es timated that the government is losing a year by tax evasion and by the socalled loopholes These permit some tax payers to work the tax laws in a manner to trimdown their tax obligations Would Cover Need If that amount were collected it would just about cover what the government needs to balance the budget Meanwhile republicans on Cap itol considerable support from up for battle against any proposal President Truman may make for tax increases Rep Joseph W Martin Jr the house GOP leader issued a form al statement saying he expects the president to propose a multibil lion dollar taxhiking program so that the administration can proceed with its extravagant and illiberal plan to socialize Amer ica A tax increase at this time he said would have a depressive effect on economic conditions generally and might precipitate the country into a tailspin which would cost millions of workers their jobs Predicts Defeat He predicted defeat for any tax upping bill Martin renewed his plea for a slash of around to a year in the war imposed excise rates on such things as furs jewelry luggage communications and transporta tion Such legislation now is back ed by a substantial number of re publicans and democrats Mr Truman has said studies are being made to see if the excises can be reduced Rep Forand in discussing taxes with newsmen blamed the repub licancontrolled 80th congress for a large part of the lost revenue evaded by individuals Cut Down Staff That congress he said cut down the staff of special agents the treasurey employed to catch the these agents were putting into the trea sury for each spent in col lecting the money owed the gov ernment Since 1950 is an election year congress may go slow in putting up the money to hire squads of new agents for a crackdown on the evaders Such a crackdown might mean government agents looking into the books of many additional doc tors small businessmen farmers and other selfemployed persons who are not subject to the tax withholding of a part of their current income as are wage and salary workers 21st Dies After Sioux City Blast Sioux City explosion Dec 14 at the Swift Co plant here has claimed its 21st victim Lioyd Elkins 33 McCook Lake S Dak one of the 90 persons in jured in the blast died at a hos pital here Monday He had been in critical condition since he was removed from the wreckage Remaining on the critical list Tuesday was Arnold Ristau 33 another victim of the explosion Santa Returns Muskeron Mich day after was just as happy as Christ mas at the Robert Dillard home this year Santa Glaus paid a re turn call as it were Sometime during the holidays Mrs Dillard last her dia mond ringi Monday she got it back Mrs Miles Olscn found the ring which had fallen into a Christmas package Mrs Dillard had wrapped and sent to her ;