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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 27, 1960, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edlttd for MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE The newspaper that makes all North I o wans neighbors VOL AssoeUttd ind United Prtii Internationa Pull MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY DECEMBER 27 1960 To Copy Paper Consists of Two No Attitudes on safety in aviation Battle over new controls By RICHARD SPONG GlobeGazette Editorial Research Bureau WASHINGTON When air crashes within the short space of 48 hours take close to 200 lives two reactions are inevit able The first is a recurrence of the ancient superstition various ly phrased in scores of lan guages but always meaning es sentially Never two without three The second consider ably less grisly is the assertion of one of mans oldest attributes urge to study to investi gate Air safety is a very compli and controversial busi cated ness A SERIES OF fatal accidents on American scheduled airlines in the last months of 1959 and the first months of 1960 set off a searching examination of air safety practices by the airlines themselves Equally assiduous were the Federal Aviation Agency the Senate Commerce Committees aviation subcom mittee and other governmental groups The prospect for the future is that a good deal of the ground they went over will be traversed again A considerable help in investigation of the commercial airliners collision over New York may prove to be the jet planes taped flight recorder And there appears to be much1 hope that the testimony of eye witnesses will be valuable A disturbing factor in the study of air safety measures is a continuing battle over federal tightening of controls The Fed eral Aviation Agency in its less than two years of operation has completely reversed the hands off attitude of previous govern mental authorities THE RESULT has been criti cism that flight crews are being subjected to petty harassment by incompetent or unqualified federal inspectors The princi pal antagonists of the rulemak ing FAA are the Air Line Pilots Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association With a grim appropriateness the most recent major air dis asters virtually coincided with the publication of an article vigorously critical of these John Bull gets bird Robin is favorite LONDON Bull got the bird Tuesday robin was picked as Britains national bird in an elec tion as fiercely fought and to many a Briton probably just as important the KennedyNixon campaign The choice of erithacus rubecula as a national symbol ornithologically was announced by Lord Hurcomb chairman of the British section of the International Council for Bird Preservation The 77yearold peer was the logical man to supervise the election When he was rewarded with a barony in 1950 for a long career in government he set a peerage record for birds on his coat of terns two herons and a kingfisher Some months ago the International Council for Bird Preser vation asked all member countries to choose a national bird In most countries this was decided quickly by agreements among a few ornithologists But not in Britain Britons take their birds watching isone of the nations leading pastimes And there was a noisy twittering from supporters of the nightingale the pheasant the partridgVand a flock of other birds Meg may get assignment in Bahamas 14 die on Iowa roods Two victims at Iowa Falls Death was at the controls in 11 highway accidents in Iowa and claimed 14 lives during the long Christmas weekend from 6 pm Friday to Monday mid night The prediction had befti Another three in a fire and one in a farm mis the states acci dental death toll to 17 for the 78hour holiday period THREE OF THE 11 fatal road crashes claimed two lives each and helped build the states 1960 traffic toll to 613 compared with 673 through Dec 26 last year LONDON flA close friend of The secon in an ac icident near Iowa Falls occurred North Iowa Partly cloudy andjthe royal family said Mondayjwith the death of Julie Nelseil colder Tuesday night andjthat Queen Elizabeth II is Zimmerman Minn late Mon Wednesday Lows Tu es d a y siderihg appointing Princess J day Her mother Mrs Arthur night zero to 10 below Highs Margaret governor of the BaiNelsen 39 died instantly when Wednesday 1020 hamas their car was struck by a milk Iowa Fair to partly cloudy Tneir friends sav Margaret I truck six miles south of Iowa Tuesday night and Wednes day Colder Tuesday night lows zero to 10 below north east 1520 above extreme southwest Colder southeast Wednesday highs in lower 20s Further outlook Partly cloudy and cold Thursday Minnesota Growing cloudy light snow Continued cold Warmer Highs Tuesday near 15 GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 am Tuesday Maximum 23 Minimum 9 YEAR AGO Maximum 50 Minimum 44 strong Jones are not pleased at the thought of spending the rest of their lives in a glittering puppetlike existence in the pur ple shadows of the British throne Margaret will be 31 next Aug 21 ArmstrongJones will be 31 and her husband Antony ArmiFalls on Highway 65 at am Monday Arthur Nelson 49 the father still isin critical condition at whirl of social events and a Ellsworth Municipal Hospi tal Two sons Bruce 9 and Mark 3 were reported as im proving HARDIN COUNTY deputy sheriff John Petrie said a milk on March 7 Both are driven by Robert Pearce adept in the social graces Iowa Falls attempted to talented imake a left turn Off the highway By tradition members of the when it collided with the Nel royal family and their spouses dont go into business com merce or engage in the arts for profit So ArmstrongJones gave up a highly profitable and prom ising career as a photographer groups written by Elwood Quesada retired Air Force eral and outgoing FAA The AOPA R en head of the Quesada McCRAKEN margarei oecame governor of the jewellike British crown CHEYENNE Wyo in the Atlantic off the Funeral arrangements w e r coast her pending for Tracy S McCraken would naturally share her 66 Wyoming publisher could be a busy one Democratic national uncle the Duke of teeman who died Monday served as governor in a short Bahamas from 1940 to 1945 Agrees on need overhaul WASHINGTON W powerful pressure congressional Republican which he said have agency reform He said day agreed with a Kennedy will provide the lead viser on the need to for change and that the federal regulation agencies had invited him he said Congress not the confer on the Landis report dent should do the pictured the agencies Rep John B Bennett of include the Civil Aeronau igan ranking GOP member Board the Federal Com the House Commerce Commission and the tee which deals with and Exchange Com agencies commented in an as ridden by outside terview on a study made for PrAsidpntplprt Jnhn F as too cozy with those a fn sen machine Pearce was not hurt Au thorities said charges against him probably will be filed Two other persons were killed Monday Robert Joseph Hoffard 29 Early and his son Stephen 4 died when their car collided with a stopped semitrailer truck on Highway 20 two miles west of Early The truck driver Benjamin B Gerdes 51 Manson was not hurt The Highway Patrol said Gerdes had halted the truck on the highway because of motor trouble BUT THE PERIOD for count ing holiday deaths was hardly over when the state added an other traffic fatality The latest victim was Thomas Shatswell 19 Garnavillo He was killed early Tuesday when his car left a road half a mile west of Mc Gregor and struck a tree A fall from a load of hay on Frenc touc off 3rd atom device SAFE Richart leads wife down gangway after he delivered stern section of tanker Pine Ridge which broke in two off Cape Hatteras Wednesday With the couple are offi AP cials of Keystone Shipping Co Richart was the only member of the crew to re main aboard the section which was towed 175 miles by tugs to Newport News Va charges has kept up a con tinuous drumfire of distortion and invective against the FAA And the ALPA has engaged in a public campaign of abuse and vilification against the agency One of the major problems of air safety as Quesada indicates in his article is that aviation j has progressed considerably TT T faster than the devices to condJr b former Harvard Lawjuiatei as snarled in delays and trol it In part this is becausejSchool Dean James M Landisisijppjng in caliber of personnel earlier federal administrators Kennedy hailed Landis1 He J desirous of enjoying the easy as a most important and imi Eisenhower and Truman of a fraternity of the airline industry maintained at best a relaxed sort of vigil AND AS ONE it It is said on tiis farm near Parnell Christmas Day killed Don McDonald 41 He suffered a broken neck The fire victims were Van N Bennett 61 and his wife 57 Burlington Their bodies were found in a bedroom of their iashionable yearold home about an hour after firemen were sum moned about am Monday by a passing truck driver for a utilities firm Sparks from a fireplace possibly could have caused the fire More donations swell Cheer Fund to Additional contributions to the Christmas Cheer Fund Tuesday added S33 in cash for a total of These gifts most of them from surrounding communities jwere lola H Bakken Northwood S 600 UGoIGo Club Rockwell oOO Dougherty Helping Hands 4H Club 2TO From a Mason City donor 200 Kainbow Girls Mason City Assembly No 45 2000 Recluse hoarded critic has put Capitol Hill that safety was seldom men tioned except in passing and that when Congress was looking for ways to cut the budget the slashes could be made in funds for the aviation agencies be cause the administrators failed to stand up and fight Whatever view of Quesada one may and he has been ac cused by ALPA President Clar ence N Sayen of carrying out a childish Gestapo he will not very consistently be accused of refusing to stand up and fight He is resigning next month to head the new Washington Senators baseball club His suc cessor should he be equally vigorous will have to prepare himself for what Quesada de scribes as sustained highly organized pressure campaigns to obstruct passage of air safety laws Sammy and May on storks summer list HOLLYWOOD Davis Jr announced Tuesday he and his bride of six weeks blonde May Britt expect a baby next July or August The Negro entertainer and the Swedish actress were married Nov 13 in a Jewish ceremony pressive analysis which should j lack of concern for the agencies be studied by members of Con gress as well as the agencies themselves Sen John A Carroll DColo chairman of a Senate subcom mittee studying administrative practices called for a drive of appointing commissioners for political reasons rather than ability to do the job and fail ing to avoid outside influence themselves on international air cases which are sent to the White House by the CAB N ews in a nutshell FROM OUR WIRE SERVICES DES Herschel C Loveless said he would have a few legislative proposals including the setting up of a public defender system when he delivers his fareweD address next month The gov ernor pinpointed the public defender system as one of the most needed pieces of legislation SAN biologist member of Sir Edmund Hillarys recent Himalayan expedition says the Abominable Snowman is a myth Its been a fascinating story and I hate to be the one to destroy it Lawrence Swan of San Francisco State College said NEW BOSTON Air Force said the Discoverer XIX satellite has lost its transmitting power The satellite launched a week ago to study infrared rays had been expected to send back signals only three or four days Bombing protest made by Strom LA PAZ Bolivia S Ambassador Carl W Strom paid a call Tuesday on President Vicot Paz Estenssoro presum ably to protest the Christmas Eve boriiLing of his residence here Strom presented a formal pro test to Foreign Minister Eduar do Arze Quiroga who said the government deeply regretted the incident and was tryingto track down the culprits The bomb broke several win dows at the residence but in jured no one Strom believes it was planted by the Commu nists who have organized re peated demonstrations against him in recent weeks 39 DIE IN CANADA TORONTO acci dents caused 39 deaths in Cana da over Christmas weekend a Canadian Press survey showed The total was 13 less than the 52 predicted by the Canadian Highway Safety Council WASHINGTON Christmas Weekend Traffic accidents over the long took a heavy toll of lives av eraging six an hour but it was below the preholiday estimate of 510 and the lowest in 11 years The count showed 475 killed in motor vehicle accidents 77 in fires and 82 in miscellaneous accidents SAME DATE1959473 Cash cats commodities MILWAUKEE Wis searched for treas ure Tuesday in truck loads of junk taken from the littered home of a 64yearold woman recluse The worth more than from the home of Miss Eleanor E Stoner who was found dead Fri day Miss Stoner shared the house with her deaf mute brother Ambrose and 32 cats Neighbors said she had not been out of the house for the last five years After her death police got workmen to remove some of the rubble and old newspapers littering the home Workmen were removing the fourth load of trash when in bills slipped from between the old newspapers Police immediately began a partial search of the trash and turned up nearly in cash and in bank book de posits Officers had no idea what would be in the two loads still to be searched Police poking through me house also found three television sets which appeared never to have been used They also found Latest Markets 7 boxes of new eectric mixers coffee pots and other kitchen ap 910 pliances Ambrose told police in sign language that his sister col lapsed on the bathroom floor Wednesday night and he was unable to move her He said he talked to her Thursday morn ing but did not call a doctor until Friday But by the time the doctor arrived Miss Stoner was dead On the inside Editorials Clear Lake Mason City Page 4 News 5 News 67 Sports Society News 11 Comics 12 Farm News 13 North Iowa News 16 AP Photofax BLOCK TROLLEY IN BELGIAN try to clear the way for the trolley The assembled in front Socialist unions called the strike as a of a Socialist headquarters in Brussels protest against the governments plans for a meeting halt a streetcar as Bel to increase taxes and cut social welfare giums weeklong work stoppage enters benefits in an effort to offset the na a critical phase Whitehelmeted police tions economic losses in the Congo Russia quick to protest Bomb was of low yield PARIS UPI France Tuesday successfully staged its third nu clear test exploding a small device that officials hope will clear the way for both tactical and giant thermonuclear weap ons French scientists also sought to gain information about pro tection of persons from the ef fects of radioactive fallout The third test which cama about 10 months after the first was fired at Eeggane deep in the Sahara from atop a tower French officials said that the device was of several kilotons in power A Mloton is equivalent to 1000 tons of TNT THE FIRST atomic bombs made by the United States in World War II were of about 20 kilotons The first French bomb tested Feb 13 had 70 kilotons power The second set off April 1 was considerably smaller Calling the test a success the Defense Ministry said the de vice was of small strength Of ficials said the fallout presented no danger to nomads in the desert Testing points reported that weak radioactive fallout was noted in an area about 60 miles long and 15 miles wide extend ing southwestward from the fir ing range The French did not issue the usual 12hour warning to air lines to reroute their African flights to stay clear This indi cated the French were confi dent there was no danger out side the immediate vicinity The nearest inhabited oasis is some 80 miles away WITH THE findings from est French scientists say they lope to perfect small operation al tactical bombs and detonat ing devices for thermonuclear or hydrogen bombs The French said many small of them mice or placed in the test area and are now being flown to Paris for study Some of the animals had been injected with substances that might furnish protection against radioactivity officials said Other animals had been put in a state of hibernation The government gave no de tails of the device exploded but presumably it was of plutonium as were the previous two De vice No 3 was named Red Jerboa after a small desert rodent A statement by French atomic scientist Pierre Billaud indi cated the third device was something close to being a use able atomic bomb There was no immediate com ment from US officials in Washington but the Communist Chinese and the Soviet Union were quick to condemn France for continuing tests in De Gaulles effort to give his nation an independent nuclear striking force as soon as possible at a cost of more than a billion dol lars Light snow due to spread over Iowa Light snow began falling In western Iowa Tuesday and was spreading toward central parts of the state Light snow also fell in northeastern counties The Weather Bureau said the snow probably would continue in central and southwest Iowa Tuesday night and Wednesday and another storm system now over Colorado may bring snow to southern and southeastern Iowa by Wednesday Snowfall amounts probably wont very heavy ;