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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 27, 1954, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited for the MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LXI Associated Press and United Press Kull Lease Wires Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 27 1954 This 1apor Consists of Two SiciionsSwllun One No 47 MendesFrance Gaining More Support 8 More Iowa Road Deaths Make 54 Blackest Year Bi The Associated Fress The year 1954 will go down in the record books as the blackest year for motor vehicle deaths in Iowa history Eight persons died over the Christmas weekend as a result o traffic accidents boosting the I One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL GlobeGazette Editor At the Portals of Another Year T will not offend me I assure you if you are reminded by my commentary today of an old old story Ill use an old on the same old string again And the story this may call to your mind is the one about the venerable cello player He was different from other cello play ers in that he not only played on the same string but on the same note This proved most disconcerting to those about him and particul arly to a young grandson One day the lad could stand it on longer At the risk of being cut off in the old mans will he approached his grandfather with the question that had long been troubling him Grandpop he began I notic that you are different from othe cello players They all jigg around with their fingers but yo confine yourself to one spot on on string Why is that The old man peered out over th top of his glasses at his youn questioner and came up with cryptic candid easytounderstan answer Young man he drawled those other cello players yo been ahearin are still looking fo the right note Ive found it But He Isnt Discouraged Some of you must have con eluded before this that on a num ber of my pet traffi safety world affairs and calenda do a lot of fiddling o the same string and the same note But I dont discourage easily refuse to let my feelings be hur by any such inference or ihsinua tion as this Im right back wher I was a year ago rough 3y a year ago today because th last Sunday before New Year then fell on another date And that introduces my subjec worlds crying need for an improved calendar for the mea surement of time Such an im proved calendar has been workec out Theres nothing theoretical o starryeyed about it Its called th World Calendar and its waiting tc be used The one thing most needed to bring about its adoption is approv al by the United States Numer ous other countries have given their approval to the World Calen dar But U S assumedly the most progressive and forward looking of dragged its feet Whats So Good About It And whats so good about this new calendar I can hear you asking Youre entitled to an honesl answer to a fair question and thats what youre going to get It occurs to me that I can best an swer the question by laying the World Calendar down alongside the socalled Gregorian Calendar which has been in use since 1582 But so you wont think that Im prejudiced against the calendar now in use let me say that I re gard it as infinitely better than the Julian Calendar which it displaced 372 years ago That earlier one was so bad that there was a cumulative error of almost two weeks in timereckon ing George Washington was born on Feb 11 under the Julian Calen dar but when the Gregorian Cal endar was introduced his birthday had to be moved to Feb 22 A point to be made here is that in other times when people found a better way to measure time they states toll for the year to a recor smashing 629 The previous hig of 625 deaths was established 1951 The 1953 toll was 613 As the toll mounted both Go Leo Elthon and Govelect Leo A Hoegh expressed concern and dicated some action may be sough Nations Toll Higher Than Was Forecast Worst TwoDay Yule Weekend had the wisdom and courage to adopt it Of course they usually were ruled by a king or a Caesar CONTINUiD ON FAGI 2 By the United Press Traffic accidents during th Christmas weekend brought deat to 380 persons exceeding the pre diction of safety experts and hi ting a new record high for a tw day Christmas period a fin count showed Monday The deaths occurred during th period from 6 pm Friday to mid night Sunday according to United Press tabulation Fires killed 51 persons two die m airplane accidents and 51 in mis cellaneous mishaps The final tota of all accidental deaths was 484 35 Deaths California reported 35 fatalitie in traffic Texas 31 Illinois and Pennsylvania 22 each Ohio 20 Michigan and New York 19 am Florida and North Carolina 1 each Safety Council President Ned H Dearborn said his organization got a Christmas present it didnt want when the nations drivers ant pedestrians proved the councils preholiday estimate of 370 traffic deaths so tragically accurate This is a bloody way to cele brate a holiday dedicated to peace on earth good will toward men he said Greater Cart We can only hope that the ihock of this toll will result in greater care courtesy and com mon sense in traffic over the New Years holiday The traffic toll was the worst on for a twoday Christmas weekend since the council began ceeping records after World War II However a council spokesman minted out that the previous mark of 286 was set in 1948 when the postwar automobile shortage re sulted in comparatively fewer cars on highways and streets Red Artillery Hits Formosan Outposts TAIPEH Formosa W Chinese Communist artillery on Amoy just iff the Red mainland pounded Na ionalist island outposts Monday or the second straight day the National Defense Ministry an lounced The Reds fired more than 20 hells at Tatan a tiny Nationalist sland three miles south of Amoy rot caused no casualties nor dam ge the ministry said Sunday in the 1955 Legislature to curb acci dents on Iowas streets and high ways Deaths over the weekend in cluded Judy Ann Timmer 10 and Judy Kay Garthoff 10 both of Water loo Patricia Fletcher 16 of Mas sena Clair Dee Gombert 24 of Ana mosa Mrs Clarence J Swiger 51 of Kansas City Vickie Baker 8 of Des Moines Ralph Schoulte 16 of Monona Clare G Porter 59 of Waterloo The two Waterloo girls were killed Sunday when the car in which they were riding driven by Gilbert John Timmer 20 an elder brother of the Timmer girl was in collision with an automobile transport seven miles west of Manchester Near Monticello Gombert was killed in the col lision of his car and a star route mail truck near Monticello Sunday night on icy Highway 151 Ronald Timmer 8 a brother of Gilbert and Judy Ann was report ed in critical condition at Dela ware County Memorial Hospital in Manchester Gilbert was in serious condition Miss Fletcher died two miles south of Exira on Highway 71 when he car in which she was a pas senger struck the rear of a truck early Sunday The driver Paid Heckman was injured critically The other victims all died Sat urday of injuries suffered in pre vious accidents All but one of the accidents that involving Potter vho was injured Dec lie night before Christmas Gov Elthon concerned over the growing highway toll said he be eved speed is a major factor in raffic deaths SpecH Limit There is no question in my mind that a speed limit will be nacted by the 1955 Legislature e said Iowa does not now have state highway speed limit Gov elect Hoegh said he is laking a study of the causes of ccidents in preparation for his ecommendations to the Legisla ure which will convene Jan 10 ut he added It is pretty hard to legislate ersonal neglect To File Charges in Christmas Day Tavern Stabbing CEDAR RAPIDS UP Linn ounty Atty Willis Glassgow Mon ay said charges will be filed as esult of a Christmas Day tavern ght in which Francis Houstman Marion was stabbed in the ack Houstman was hospitalized here nd Glassgow said the man was pparentiy recovering from the ound Free on S500 bond was Kenneth cGee 35 Waubeek who was ghting with Houstman in the avik tavern at Waubeek when he as injured THE WORLD CALENDAR I 2 1 4 S f 7 t 10 II 12 13 14 15 17 It 20 21 22 21 24 21 2f 27 21 2t301l 1 t 10 ft 12 1114 IS If 17 11 112021 22 23 24 23 2i 27 21 3C3I HRST QUARTtt FEBRUARY S T 1 1611 12 11 14 II 107 11 20 21 22 21 24 25 2f 27 21 30 MARCH J 4 J t 7 1 10 II 1213 14 IS 1C 1711 11 20 21 2223 24 2J M 27 29 30 SECOND QUARTER APRI fa MAY M S 1 7 10 H 121114 1114 17 11 U 20 21 U 23 24 23 2 THIRD QUARTER JUNE M T W T 1 2 10 II U11 14 15 If 17 It JULY t t 10 11 1213 14 IS It 21 23 24 21 24 27 2t JO 31 AUGUST EL 1234 5 7 1 1 10 U U U U 19 It 17 11 SEPTEMBER 1 2 1 4 I 7 t t It 11 U 11 14 15 It 17 It 22 U 24 21 2C 27 30 FOURTH QUARTER OCTOBER 1 1011 121114 NOVEMBER S 7 1 t M II U 14 If M 17 DECEMBER U ICEMBER 1 4 f f 7 t t W IT NEVER CHANGESEarl Hall in his radio commen tary reprinted m an adjoining column deals with a calen dar which would New Years Day falling on a Sunday every year Ikes Cabinet Optimistic of Peace in 55 But Planning Group Says Otherwise WASHINGTON i President Eisenhowers Cabinet indulging in the yearend custom of taking a look ahead see 195 as a year of peace but eontinuin tensions and of a stable and pros perous economy But the National Planning Assn less optimistic about the economy says the new year will be one o rising unemployment unless buy ing power and production are stim ulated by the government and bj industry The nonprofit privately financed organization representing business labor agriculture and the profes sions urged further tax cuts in creased public spending on such things as schools roads and hos pitals and higher wages No Pessimism Cabinet officers wrote their sep erate appraisals of 1954 and of 1955 for Nations Business monthly publication of the U S Chamber of Commerce While sev eral of the 10 expressed a note of caution there was no pessimism Secretary of State Dulles said 1954 saw considerable progressto ward world peace but add ed that for midable ob stacles re main He pre dicted the free world would be exposed to C o m m u n 1st trickery in 1955 and added We shall strive lhat no incandescent DULLES episode will flare into the terrible eventuality of a third world war Secretary of Defense Wilson wrote Weare determined to use our atomic leadership to serve the usages of peace but we will take full account of our large and grow ing arsenal of nuclear weapons and the most effective means of using them against an aggressor if they are needed to preserve our freedom We do not necessarily seek the biggest air force in the world but we do want the best and the most powerful second best is not good enough Hightr Standard Secretary of the Treasurey Hum phrey said the nations economy must provide the weapons of de fense and an ever higher stand ard of living as well as the social services which our people want and need Somewhat more cautiously Sec retary of Commerce Weeks said further economic growth in 1955 is probable if an environment that is favorable to business progress is maintained Weeks said his de partment is planning record fed eral outlays to aid construction of airports highways and ships HICMiR STILL TOKYO onJapans population hit an estimated total of 88290000 fast Oct 1 the governments sta tistics bureau announced Monday GOVERNOR HOST TO 28Governoranc had a houseful in for Christmas dinner in their spacious ranchstyle home on the outskirts of Fertile The 28 guests all relatives had plenty to eat That turkey being carved by the governor weighed in at 31 pounds two ounces or a little over a pound for each guest The gover nor returned to Des Moines Monday Mike Reunited With Family From Greece SALT LAKE CITY WVMike Katsanevas G6 took his children shop ping he wasnt looking for afterChristmas bargains He wanted practical coats and trousers and dresses and shoes al right But at the same time he was showing six of his children a new 720 Western Electric Co MenWalkOut DES MOINES ifl About 12 Western Electric Co employes all members of Local 7290 of th IO Communications Workers o America walked off their job Monday in 16 Iowa communities The walkout stemmed from a dispute in Ames over per day paj o 26 Western Electric installers The men are putting in new equip ment at the Northwestern Bell Telephone Co building there Mrs Dorothy Zila of Des Moines union international representative aid there are no immediate plans or picketing at any city Until such time telephone serv ce in theaffected communities vould not be interrupted The Electric employes only nstall new equipment They arc ot concerned with its operation nd maintenance The Iowa communities invovlec re Des Moines Ames Carroll iedar Rapids Davenport Clinton Decorah Dubuque Garner Iowa alls Muscatine Keokuk Oska oosa Sioux City Stuart and Web ter City way to live the way he has learnec 1954 Cheer Fund Closes at Two belated cash for 5 from Mcservey Friends and he other for from Thorntons sYouLikcItClub boosted the 954 Christmas Cheer Funds grand otal above the mark To be xact it was Of this amount was in ie form of cash the remaining 73409 in the form of merchandise nd contributed foodstuffs for dis ribution during the Christmas sea on by Family Service Inc SAME DATE1W41I 21 to live in America The children arrived Sunday from Greece Mikes Christma present fromhis coworkers at th Clearfickl Naval Supply Depot where he is a janitor This was the first time he hac seen them in seven years since he left Crete Three children came vith Mike then but he had to leave his wife and seven other sons and daugh ters behind He got a job as a janitor Then he prayed and saved he never could get together enough money to bring the rest of the family over This year Mikes fellow workers decided on his Christmas present They chipped in and finally raised and that was enough The family started but in Athens Mrs Katsanevas was detained for about a month because of a minor illness The six children came on plane Another son George 21 will join the family when he fin ishes a hitch in the Greek Army Mike couldnt say much when he airliner landed and his chil dren ran just laughed and criec His friends standing behind the runway fence didnt say much just grinned The thin little father tried to gather all six children into his arms at once Then he and the other a US airman now home on leave a daughter Kaliope18 and Manuel osed for pictures with them And ictween shots they turned and lugged Leonidas 17 Irene 14 Nicholas 13 Arete 11 Stylianos 0 and Stavrolla 8 CAB Blames Weather for Braniff Crash Final Report on Aug 22 Disaster WASHINGTON on The Civil Aeronautics Board Monday blamed the weather for an airliner crash near Mason City Iowa last Aug 12 in which 12 lives were lost It said the Braniff Airways crew of three and the DCS airplane were currently certified the dis patching of the flight was normal and there was no evidence of structural or power failure or of malfunction of controls or com munications before the crash The board said in a report on its investigation of the accident lhat the weather forecast issued by Braniff and the Weather Bu reau failed to indicate the sever ity of the storm in the planes path It said the probable cause of the accident was that the flight while endeavoring to traverse a thunderstorm area encountered very heavy rain divergent winds ind strong downdrafts that forced he aircraft to the ground Ten of the 16 passengers and wo of the three crew members vere killed Seven other persons were injured seriously The plane bound from Memphis o Minneapolis crashed 1C miles outh of Mason City Mighty Obliging This Sheriff Donald Braase Mason City walked into Crawford County Jail at Denison Christmas Day Id like to see my brother he told Sheriff N P Cavett Sure replied the willing sheriff In fact you can spend the Christmas season with him A Cerro Gordo deputy sheriff left Monday to return Donald Braase to Mason City to face a bad check charge Braase report edly forged a check at a Mason City store this month Final Vote on German Arms Near Premier Has Fateful Day PARIS UP A reluctant French National Assembly Mon day seemingly was ready to vote iipproval oC German rearmament Premier Pierre MendesFrance made his last impassioned appeal to the deputies during afternoon debate which saw important new support swing to his side The vote will be on his demand for Assembly approval of German entry into NATO to be followed by rejection of any move to delay German rearmament and linally for ratification of West European Union Before the day is out the As sembly is expected to vote on two questions of confidence which MendesFrance must survive if his government is to continue Lined upsolidly against him were the Communists jubilant over their initial victory Friday which re sulted in an initial decision to re ject German arms in the defensa of Western Europe Gets Independents But coming to the premiers de fense Monday in a caucus just prior to resumption of debate was the power bloc of some 145 inde pendents which urged its members not to wreck the Atlantic coalition by voting against him Their vote could swing the bal ance in his favor The group includes imaffiliated deputies overseas independents independent peasants and dissident Gaullists Even if the independents merely abstained though it would help MendesFrance About 35 oC the independents voted against the Western Euro pean Union when France stunned the Western world Friday by re jecting this phase of the Paris ac cords to rearm Western Germany Another 40 abstained while 61 voted in favor Unity at MendesFrance staked the fate of Big Three Western unity and his own premiership as well on the votes Monday afternoon Long de bate on the two votes could carry the chamber into a night session President Eisenhower was follow ing the Assembly action with great concern and was prepared to cut short a Georgia vacation and fly back to Washington if the vote is adverse The British Foreign Office fo cused its undivided attention on Paris while diplomats predicted an allout Soviet drive to split the Western alliance if France blocks German rearmament The West German government adopted an official attitude of watchful anxiety while German newspapers blasted the French for precipitating another crisis MendesFrance made a bold bid Sunday night for sorelyneeded support when he boosted by 10 per cent the government payments to families for children It was a gam ble for popular Republican votes and for popular backing TRAGEDY OX persons were four injured in a twocar crash Sunday on the Manhattan Bridge over the East River in New York Firemen needed an hour to extinguish flames which broke out after the impact Pope Gets Another1 Blood Transfusion VATICAN CITY WAiling Pops Pius XII received another transfu sion of blood and plasma Monday after a fairly restful night The enfeebled Pontiffs doctors administered the transfusion as part of their general therapy to build up strength sapped by his serious collapse Dec 2 They have given these transfusions several times in the past several weeks AII About The Weather Mason City Light snow Iowa Cloudy snow Not so cold Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 a m Mon day Maximum 32 Minimum 23 At 8 a m 24 Prcc Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 36 Minimum 26 ;