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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 31, 1955, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited for UM t CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION THI NKWSPArift THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWAN N E I G H I O ft S VOL LXII Associated and United Press FUULMM MAKE EVERY MY SAFE DRIVING DAY Cents Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 31Jtt5 TUs Paper of Two No 72 Bobby Manuel 9 Barbara Butterf ield 6 Philips deBuhr 9 Martha Harrer 6 Steve Naif eh Kathy Malpne 8 People Funniest in 55 State Scene 1 Is Reviewed By WILLIAM L EBERLINE DBS MOINES haven changed much events of 1955 show During the year they once agai demonstrated all the lovable cussed generous ornery tender hearted hairbrained traits tha add up to that hardtodefine some thing human nature Of course animals got into th act too like the mother rattle snake that hatched a passel o little killers on the eve of the low Slate Fair giving the palpitatin public an unscheduled bab But when all was said and done the finest follies of 1955 were per petrated by people Paid There was for example the man at Keokuk who called an office to a tavern and asked him to gi tell the mans wife he was sober The officer disagreed The man paid a fine And then there was the For Madison Penitentiary inmate who applied for a position on the prison football team His application de clared I just came back from being on escape The law chasec me for five years before they caught me Should be a great open field It isnt recorded whether tha fellows travels taught him to star in football But there were some travelers whose journeys made headlines Chilblains and blisters were the lot of Mason Dixon program di rector of station KICP Spencer His trip was from Spencer to Spiri Lake to raise money for the March of Dimes He hoofed all 23 miles of it in temperatures ranging from 6 to 16 degrees At a dime a step the total take was Peck of Trouble Two Ohio State University stu dents ran into a peck of woe while traveling through Iowa Blood from jackrabbits they had shotin Texas stained their automobile tires and they had a tough time convincing Creston authorities it was only rabbit blood lowans didnt have to go on jour neys however to demonstrate the queer twists human nature can take Bread price wars at Burling ton and Charles City were cases in point The selling spree at Burlington didnt end until at least two stores started paying people to cart the bread away The Charles City price war wa a bonanza for enterprising young sters Some stores cut the price of bread to 10 cents and another offered to buy anyones surplu bread for 19 cents a loaf The kiddies quickly became bread war profiteers Then there was the Grinnell Col lege student who finally received the Eisenhower campaign button he ordered in 1952 It was a little embarrassing to him Hes a Dem ocrat now Freddie Whorley 9 Nancy Pappas 7 f Defend Care of Chinese Student WASHINGTON United States ashamed cf in its treatment of a former Chinese student who is confined at Missouri mental institution offi cials said Saturday Red China has complained that Liu YungMing has been prevented from leaving the United States by being held at the Missouri State Hospitalat Farmington Mo OfficialssaidLiu has been taken tare of for six public ex pense They said he would be turned over to anyone willing to Uke both legal and moral care of him PLUMMER0 Plummet Set to Announce His Candidacy North wood at torney Lawrence E Plummer 46 is expected to announce next wee his candidacy for the Democrat nomination for governor of Iowa The mayor of Northwood Plum mer was elected last month to second term Hehasserved a Worth County attorney for severa years In the 1954 election Plumme ivas defeated by Republican Day xm Countryman in the race fo attorney general He ha een active in the Democratic party for many years Plummer reports thathe has re eived considerable urging to make the race from Democratic groups throughout Iowa His sup xrt has come from his aggressive campaigning in 1954 for the Demo cratic ticket He filled speaking sngagemcnts all over Iowa Clyde E Herring Des Moines ias not announced whether he wil become a is expectec o make his decision within two veeks Herring has said that a primary contest might be a good thing for he Democratic party He was un jpposed in 1954 when Gov Leo Toegh won the Republican nomina ion in a close fiveway race Delay Plea Date in Sfinson Case ELD OR A date for re eiving the plea of Franklin Coun y Attorney Keith J Stinson oi fampton to a conspiracy indict was postponed Saturday un il Jan 16 Stinson SI was to have enterec is plea Saturday but District udge G Edwin Moore of Des Moines who has been named to ear the case granted the post ponement It was explained that the time vas needed to permit J H Robert on of Marshalltown who has been amed a special assistant prose to familiarize himself with he Stinson is accused of conspiring vith George B Dewey 57yearold ecturer in the alleged swindle of rtrs Grace Potter Miller 77 Ack ey widow Younkers Sell Wichita Store to Macy Firm DES MOINES UP Younker Irothers Des Moines Friday nnounced sale of its Wichita Lore Ihnes to R H Macy New York Younker officials aid the store was sold so the Des rtoines store the biggest in the tate can establish additional ranches in Iowa OUTPUT DOWN DES MOINES UK TheIowa utput of vegetables for the fresh market and commercial process ng in 1955 is estimated at a value f about 4 per cent less han a year ago Geneva Spirit Wanted Bulganin Recantation by Matusow Called Lie Charge Reds With Action WASHINGTON W The Senat I n t e rnal Security subcommitte charges that Harvey M Matusbv lied when he recanted his testi mony against 244 persons and tha Communist conspirators p a i him to recant Matusow after testifying agains alleged Communists in a series o criminal trials and congressioha hearings in the earlier 1950s re pudiated the testimony last spring Heporting on 12 days of publi hearings in which it had explorei for the story behind this turn the subcommittee called hi of an appair entconspiracy Ifdemanded furtherprosecution of Matusow and others on conspir acy charges Appealing Sentence Matusow now is appealing a threeyear prison sentence for contempt of court growing out 6 lis repudiation of testimony tha helped to convict Clinton Jencks a West Coast labor union official of perjury He is at liberty on ond In making public the subcom mittees 120page printed report Chairman Eastland DMiss said The subcommittee has every to believe that Matusow lad been telling the truth in his estimony all along until he fell nto the hands of Communists last October 1954 and for 30 pieces of is for a little money and his own country to the Communist conspir Earlier Testimony The report assailed Matusows and his hook False Wit less as an audacious attempt to hrow a monkey wrench into the machinery of the Department of Justice in Communist cases Ma usow has sought in the book to document that his prior testimony lad been false The subcommittee alleged that Albert E Kahn whose New York publishing house published Matu ows book New York Lawyer Na han Witt and fellow Communist conspirators engineered the wit nesss turnabout No Sunday School at Trinity Lutheran There will be no Sunday school it Trinity Lutheran Church in Ma on City this Sunday The entire amily will attend the New Year Day services at and 11 according to the pastor the Rev Roy A Harrisville Holy Commu nion will be celebrated at the ervice The Weather Mason CHy Mostly fair through Sunday Low Saturday night 15 Mild Sunday high 3438 Mostly fair and warmer Sunday Little change in temp erature Saturday night Low Saturday night 1525 Minnesota Clear warmer Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 Satur day Maximum 27 Minimum 10 At 8 12 YEAR AGO Maximum 32 Minimum 13 Pleasant Weather Seen for State on Extended Holiday lowans will ring out the old year ring in the new in pleasant weather with mild temperatures the Weather Bu reau said The outlook is for fair and mild weather at least through Monday Low r e a d ings Friday night ranged from 11 above zero at Spencer to 22 at 10 de grees higher than lows the night before President to Close Out an Eventful Year KEY WEST FJa WVPresiden Eisenhower closes out an event ful and nevertobeforgotten 195 Saturday hopefiil the new yea will bring his health No specialplans for his observ ance of New Years Eve have been announced It is likely he will hav a quiet dinner with staff members of Poll Page 2 He probably will be in bed well be fore 1955 arrives in line with his program of getting plenty of i rest while recovering from his Sept 24 heart attack Big Decision Ahead of him is a new year which will bring his decision on whether to seek a second term His heart attack was the big news of this year and for Eisen the attack was a tremendous shock in a lifetime spotted with a good many crises Another thing which made the year eventful was the Big Four lonference in which he took part n Geneva last July That confer ence raised the hopes of the world hat Russia finally had decided to pursue a more friendly attitude toward the West But Eisenhower saw those hopes diminish in the latter months of 955 and then perhaps explode in Thursdays blast at the President y Nikita Khrushchev the Soviet Unions Communist Party boss Violated Spirit Khrushchev accused Eisenhovyer f having violated the spirit of Ge neva and of crude interference n the affairs of eastern Europe hrough a Christmas message roadcast to the people of that leddominated area Friday the President served no ice on Russia that peaceful liber ation of the people of such satellite nations will continue to be a ma or goal of United States foreign In a statement approved by Eisenhower the White House aid it will be the goal until suc cess is Legless Vet Expects to Win Case Wants to Keep Compensation WASHINGTON Kutch er said Saturday I think I will win in his fight to keep his amonth government compensation for loss of his legs in World War II Kutcher spoke to a newsman fol lowing a Veterans Administration hearing Friday to determine wheth er he stripped of his yet eraris benefits because of allegedl disloyal activities Peyton H Moss chairman of the VAs committee on waivers and forfeitures said it would be nex week or later before that can reach a decision A committee verdict in Kutchers favor presumably would matter VA officials he could appeal to a VA ap peals board Kutchers attorney said they would take the case to court if necessary Quiet Kutcher a balding stockilybuilt man who lost his legs under Ger man mortar fire spoke in quiet ones at the twohour hearing But he made no secret of his present and past devoted membership in he Socialist Workers Party an or janization on the attorney gener als subversive list The House Committee on Un American Activities has described he party as a dissident Commu list which follows the cachings of Leon Trotsky rather han of Russian Communists Kutcher said he will not give up lis party membership even if the VA does end his benefits He said neither he nor the party advocated violent overthrow of the govern ment He said he and his party want socialist society with planned iroduction for use instead of prof and that we believe in the ise of constitutional measures to ring this about He said the So riet Communists are very bitter pponents of Denies Charges He denied under oath that he ad made during the Korean War number of statements which it vas alleged rendered assistance o Communist China and North Ko For This Tall Yarn He Earned the LIARS CLUB AWARD BURLINGTON Wis WBagging the Burlington Liars Club top award for 1955 was a breeze for a westerner and his story of a big Montana wind and a sack of flour of the worldfamed phony tale club long accustomed to big winds gave the nod and temporary possession of a diamond studded goldplated medal to Claude T A Yerkes kalispell Mont O C Hulett the organizations founder and president says Yerkes told about a sheep herder who lived in a small trailer house and hadjiis provisions brought out by the owner of the sheep On this particular Yerkes said the provisions in cluded a 100pound sack of flour for which there was no room in the trailer so the herder drove a couple of stout nails in the wall and Jiung the sack of flour on them just outside the trailer door During the night one of Montanas justlyfamous winds swooped down on him Next morning the sheep herder stepped out of his trailer to find that the wind had blown away the sack and left the flour hanging on the Safety Campaign Success Thus Far From Onr Wire Servioet One ofthe biggest safety campaigns iu the nations history Satu day appeared to be holding down traffic deaths on the start of the Ne Years P By midafternoon only 38 highway deaths had been reported com pared with 94 at the same hour a week ago The counts both weekend TlWblV UJllO Lit ViVilYClHJ began at 6 p m Five deaths in fires and one in another typ of accident made the current over all toll 44 The National Safety Council has estimated that at the end of the long holiday weekend midnigh persons will have been killed in motor vehicle acci dents Uniformed National Guardsmen left their homes for the holiday Toll in State Slightly Under the Record By Associated It appeared Saturday vould end 1955 with an annual motor vehicle death total slightly under the grim 1954 figure of 633 atalities which set an alltime high As of Saturday morning the 1955 owa total as kept by the Associ ated Press was 628 or five fewer han in 1954 A reckless New Years Eve ould send the 1955 total to a new illtime mark But state and local officers were on the alert to curb eckless and drinking drivers as he old year ends State Safety Commissioner Clinton Moyer and lighway Patrol Chief David Her ick have the state highway patrol m a full duty basis for the week ea This was part of Kutchers reply o the charges publicly produced y Moss at the start of the hear ng There was no public testimony o support the charges Kutchers equest that he be confronted by vitnesses against him was denied Kutchers attorneys contended vithout success that he should ave a chance to confront his un amed accusers had recorded 605 traffic deaths for 1955 as compared with 612 for 1954 The states total normally is about 20 smaller than Associated Press figures because the state total docs not include motor vehicle deaths in driveways farm lanes or de tours Iowa averaged one accidental traffic death about every 14 hours during 1955 Misunderstanding Patched Up by Troubled Dionne Family CALLANDER Ont UP The roubled Dionne family Saturday ssured the world that a misun erstanding had been patched up clouds appeared over an therwise happy reunion Three of the four surviving quin uplets arrived at the family man ion Friday for a joyous New Years reunion and the quints and icir parents promptly issued a statement saying everything has seen forgiven and We all discussed this trouble e have been having and nowfeel wasall due to a misunderstand said the statement signed by Annette Cecils and and their parents Marie did not make the 400mile trip because she stDJ is recovering from anemia There was a misunderstanding somewhere and it now has been ironed out We all seem to under stand each other much better now Everybody feels happy about the the statement said But a family friend said the girls were worried about their fathers health a possible factor in the girls emergency trip home Dionne who is reported to have a heart condition has been under going treatment for high blood pressure nd No Deaths Last year there were no motor vehicle deaths in Iowa on Dec 31 The State Department of Public Safety up to Saturday morning and aided state police in Louisiana Illinois Wisconsin Kansas Ari zona Michigan and Tennessee In Tennessee Louisiana Kansas anc Illinois they were aided by plane which kept a sky patrol for dan gerous drivers Forces Beefed Up Police forces across the nation were beefed up to their top force and efficiency Leaves were can celled and shifts were lengthened to as long as 18 hours Pannsyl vania reported an unprecedented1 force of state troopers on the roads Indiana had a recordbreak ing 420 and Texas ordered public safety inspectors to go on the roads Tennessee waging one of the most intense battles against high way slaughter put volunteer guardsmen 200 guard jeeps and ambulances on the highways About 200 of he guardsmen were stationed on Memphis outskirts to warn motorists to drive safeiy Worst Crash The worst single accident was a twocar collision near Oxford on July 3 in which eight persons died The worst month for motor ve hicle deaths was September with 66 deaths followed by August with 62 in the Associated tabulation The official state count was 61 in Sep tember and 60 in August The year 1055 marked the sixth ime that Iowas annual motor ve hicle toll has gone past 600 The other years were 1941 with 613 fa talities 1950 with 607 1951 with 625 1953 with 619 and 1954 with 633 However Towa motor vehicle registration is now at an alltime peak and state gas tax collections indicate did more driving this year than ever before Con sequently safety officials believe that in proportion to the amount of Iowa actually has made a net gain in traffic safety this year Worst Record In Chicago which posted the worst metropolitan death recorc over Christmas bartenders and night club owners were warned noi to let any tipsy customers try to drive home Dont even fetch their cars for Traffic ChiefMichael Ahern ordered Instead stow them in Chicago and other cities also planned to turn policemen into chauffeurs if necessary to get holi day celebrants home safely police departments set up coffee tureens in their station houses in viting motorists to have the last drink on them so long as it was iava NEW INDUSTRY BURLINGTON UP T h Champion Spark Plug Co nounced it will build a spark plug assembly plant here next year an SAME DEC 31 Soviet Boss in Reply to Questions Cites Need of Better Future OB Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin said Saturday tha people of the world want the Ge neva spirit and with it the hopes or peace and a better future and herefore it will not be He declared it was wrong to be ieve that possession of powerful weapons such as the Hbomb by both East and West could be 100 per cent effective m preventing another big war He asseited another Summit Conference of the chiefs ot tiie big powers can be These and other statements M made by Bul ganin in a ser ies of to written qties tions from Charles E Shutt head ot Washington bit r e au of tha Telenews The agency is affili a ted BULGANIN Hearst Metrotone News and furnishes newsreel films to television sta ions The text of the questions and answers in the form of a New Years statement was handed out o foreign correspondents by the oreign ministry and broadcast by doscow radio Sought Last January Telenews obtained an interview with Georgi Malen kov then the Soviet premier un der similar circumstances In that nlerview Malenkov called for dip qmatic negotiations to settle Far Eastern disagreements On the possibility of an Hbomb var Bulganin said Saturday It is wrong to assert that inas much as East and West possess iydrogen weapons the possibility f a thcrmonculcar war is auto matically Bulganin in his answers plugged lard for the current Soviet line hat Russia still adheres to tha pirit of last summers Big Four Summit Conference in Geneva Tha Russians have accused the West ern Big Three on various occa ions of violating the spirit of Ge ieva The West has countered that tha ilterly anti Western speeches vhich Bulganin and Russian Com mmist Party boss Nikita S Khrushchev made on their recent outh Asian tour violated the Ge eva spirit Asked about the prospects for eace in 1956 Bulganin said in he interview that international ooperation and trust are a fully ttainable aim in our Sends Greetings After giving his views on war nd peace the Soviet premier con eyed to the American people ordial greetings and best New ears According to the Moscow radio roadcast Shutt asked Bulganin As the recent Geneva Confer nce of foreign ministers has in act reached a deadlock what is our opinion concerning the call of a new conference of i the our power heads of government Bulganin replied Although it will be recalled thai o agreed decisions reached t the foreign ministers confer nee on questions under discussion nevertheless contributed to fuiY ver elucidation of the sparticipants which should facili le the solution of these question the ci uesti ;