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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 2, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION MASON CITY DOLLAR DAYS Thursday Friday and Saturday VOL LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 2 1949 This Paper Consists ot Two One No 9 GlobeGazette Photo OFF TO COLDER sawing these 2 bars out of a 2nd floor cell Otis Heimdal Forest City and John F Richey 1539 Delaware N E escaped from the county jail early Wednesday morning Shown here is Deputy Sher iff Walt Balek inspecting the small hole in the middle tier of bars from which the men jumped to theground Heim dal was serving time on a check charge and awaiting ac tion on a previous escape Richey was bound to the grand jury on an auto theft count one of a number which have been placed against him in many states in the last several years Heimdal was later captured Measure on Gambling Is Introduced Would Cancel Tax License of Places Violating Law Des Moines bill which would make possible an intensified drive on gambling devices was in troduced in the Iowa house Wed nesday The proposal by Rep Elmer A Bass RRed Oak and 4 others would provide for cancellation of the retail sales tax license and other licenses of business houses where peace officers found gambling devices Bill to Beardsley The house in a brief session passed and sent to Gov William S Beardsley for signing a bill to appropriate for utilities fuel and maintenance of the sates newly furnished governors resi dence The governor however will pay for maid service out of his own pocket members were told Gov and Mrs Reardsley moved into the residence Tuesday night The senate meantime passed and sent to the house a measure which would shift from the state to the counties the cost of main taining roads which lead into state parks The bill provoked sharp debate but passed 398 despite arguments of its opponents that it was unfair to saddle a new burden of expense on the counties affected Maintain Roads The bill would require counties to maintain the access roads lead ing into the parks but not the roads inside the parks proper However it would permit the state to contract with counties to main tain the internal pail roads and charge the cost back to the con servation commission The senate also argued over a bill which would have permitted counties to retain 10 cents of each fishing and hunting license sold by their recorders The senate voted 3213 to sustain a commit tee recommendation to kill the bill Senator Frank C Byers R Cedar Rapids sponsored the bill and he argued that counties should be allowed to retain 10 cents as reimbursement for the work volved in issuing the licenses AP Wirepholo PICKED FOR Frederick Brown Harris pastor of the Foundry Methodist church in Washington was picked by senate democrats Wednesday to he senate chap lain as successor to the Rev Dr Peter Marshall who died last week Dr Marshall replaced Harris as chaplain 2 years ago when Che republicans took con trol of the senate JOHN F RICHEY OTIS G HEEVIDAL Nab One of 2 Jail Breakers Attempted to Pass Bad Check By RICK MEREDITH A check which bounced landed Otis G Heimdal back in jail at a m Wednesday as a Mason City merchant was credited with some quick thinking Heimdal and a companion John F Richey sawed their way out of a 2nd floor cell in the Cerro Gordo county jail and jumped to freedom at a m Wednesday They sawed out 2 bars to make a small opening for the escape Heimdal who told officers he his few hours of freedom in southside cafes gave a check on the Forest City Loan and Trust company to the Dillon company 14 E State for a pair of rubbers he purchased shortly after 11 a m Owner Lyle Dillon suspicious of the check called the Forest City bank and made inquiry Refused Check A bank employe said the check was no good and gave Dillon some more information Heimdal broke out of jail down there this morning he declared Dont you listen to the radio The first report was given over KGLO shortly after 7 a m Dillon said Heimdal had appar ertly been following the gist of the phone conversation When the store owner turned to confront Heimdal with the news the latter gave himself up and said Why dont you phone Walt Balek deputy sheriff and tell him to come and get me Dillon replied Thats just what I was going to do Balek said the saw blades used in the escape have been found but It has not been established who passed the equipment into the jail Held for Car Theft Meanwhile Richey being held to the grand jury on an auto theft charge was still at large Truckers reported they thought they saw him about 3 a m heading north out of the city He is described as 28 years of age 5feet9 160 wavy auburn hair and medium complexion He was believed to be wearing a light brown jacket no hat or overshoes m when he escaped His home is at 1539 Delaware N E Walked Out in Summer Heimdal had walked out of the courthouse last summer when he was a jail trusty here He was ap prehended in Montana in Novem ber and returned to serve the re mainder of a years term on a check charge He has also been awaiting grand jury action on the first escape Richey is alleged to have taken the car of a neighbor Vandall Snyder 109 16th N E from in front of Snyders house Jan 18 At the time he was on parole from a federal sentence for car theft under the Dyer act He was ar rested by 2 Mason City policemen and a highway patrolman at Man ly 3 days after the car theft The car was found abandoned near Northwood Richey has a long record of car theft arrests and convictions in a number of states Heimdal has been arrested here previously on minor charges Taft Proposes Changes in GOP Platform Washington Rob ert A Taft fired one of the most important political broadsides of his career last Friday night and hardly anyone heard him The broadcasting chains didnt take the address and because of thin newspapers on Saturdays the press had to cover it too briefly Taft spoke at Niles Ohio and what he said may prove to be the most significant republican state ment since the election He sought to bring the party up to date without sacrificing what he regards as the fundamentals of conservatism by proposing 1 An increase in the minimum wage 2 Federal aid to states to ex tend medica care to al those un able to pay for it 3 Federal aid to enable local communities to provide decent housing for those unacle to pay for decent homes provided by pri vate capital 4 Federal aid especially to the joorer states to assure primary and secondary schooling for all children 5 Extension oi old age pension protection to all persons not now covered Taft estimated that about one tifth of the population would need such assistance as he he expense of the other four fifths And he said they should nave it Roberts Is Acquitted of Manslaughter Waterloo 55yearold Dunkerton Negro was free Wed nesday of a manslaughter charge which stemmed from last Mays riot and shooting at the strike bound Rath Packing company plant A district court jury after 3 hours deliberation Tuesday founc Fred Lee Roberts innocent o manslaughter in the shooting o William Chuck Farrell a strik ing CIO packinghouse worker In closing arguments attorneys for both sides touched on a manr right to work Roberts had pleaded selfde fense He said he shot into the air in terror when his car was stopped by a crowd outside the plant gate as he was driving to work He had testified that the crowd began shaking his car and crying out kill the jig Special Prosecutor Robert Buck master told the jury that Roberts was determined to go to work no matter what happened even if he had to shoot somebody The trial case growing out of the lengthy pack ing house strike Wilbert Warren a striking CIO packinghouse worker has been convicted of con spiracy to incite a riot He has appealed his 3year sentence Stalin Asks Truman to Visit Soviet But President Will Meet PremierOnly in Washington London Prime Minister Stalin offered Wednesday to meet with President Truman east of the ron curtain pleading that his lealth does not allow him to journey farther The white house informed of the offer stood pat on its insistence that Mr Truman is willing to see Stalin only in Washington Stalin said To visit Washington has long been my desire which I expressed to President Roosevelt at the time in Yalta and President Truman in Potsdam I regret that at presenl I am deprived of the possibility oi carrying out this desire of mine since doctors strongly object to my making any long journey es pecially by air or sea The government of the Soviet Union would welcome the presi dents visit to the USSR A con ference could be arranged in Mos cow Leningrad or Kalingrad Odessa or Yalta according to the presidents choice if this should not inconvenience the president If however these proposals should meet with the presidents objection a meeting could be ar ranged in Poland or Czechoslo vakia according to the presidents wish Respectfully Stalin Feb 2 1949 Stalin made his offer through unofficial channels addressing it to Kingsbury Smith European manager of the International News Service in response to a cable Smith had sent the Krem lin Smith had asked Stalin to be specific about his offer made earlier of a meeting with Presi dent Truman to discuss a possible peace agreement Vote to Restore Reciprocal Trade LYLE DILLON Bad Check Mediation Is Asked in Wage Dispute 206 Miles of Road Cleared in Nebraska Omaha 24 hours road ways have been opened to t686 snowmarooned persons in South Dakota and Nebraska Maj Gen Lewis A Pick reported Wednes day To accomplish this snow plows and bulldozers heaved snow and ice from 206 miles of road The announcement came as new emergency areas were added to the scope of the 5th armys opera tion snowbound which General Pick the Missouri division engi neer is directing Twelve counties in eastern Wy oming were formally designated a disaster aiea George H Field of Washington a deputy adminis trator for the federal works ad ministration so advised General Pick Tuesday night after confer ring with the governor of Wyo ming General Picks men had been making reconnaissances in the Wyoming area since Sunday In addition General Pick was authorized to extend his opera tions into parts of Charles Mix and Bon Homme counties in South Dakota an area north of the Ne braska state line Norway Swings Toward West Wants to Join Atlantic Group Oslo joined the western powers in their cold war with Russia Wednesday by de claring officially that it wished to join the proposed North At lantic defense pact for increased security The government of the tiny constitutional monarchy of 3000 000 inhabitants assured Russia that no foreign power would be permitted to establish bases on Norwegian soil as long as Nor way is not attacked or subject to threats of attack But said Norway the Unitec Nations is not yet strong enough to provide full protection There fore as a typical seafaring country Norway was hoping to join a regional defense pact of At lantic nations This tremendously significan declaration of policy was contained in a short government reply to Russias recent request for in formation on Norways attitud toward the Atlantic pact In this request Russia noted that the Soviets have a common boundary with Norway The reply meant that Norway under the pressure of the cold has abandoned her traditiona Scandinavian neutrality to defy Russia and side with the western powers GlobeGazette Photo PREPARING FOR DOLLAR of Mason City stores Wednesday is this scene showing merchants preparingfor the citywide dollar days to be held Thurs day Friday and Saturday of this week when seasonable merchandise will be offered at attractive prices The stores will be open until 9 on Friday night but will close at the usual time on Thursday and Saturday nights Sunkist Day and 20 Enough for Groundhog and Us Too It looks like plenty of winter still to come By weather forecasts by actual thermometer readings and by tra ditions and legends the calcula tions all come out the same Its going to be winter Wednesday was groundhog day one day in the year which is supposed to forecast spring by the simple action of this creature he comes out of his burrow or remains in If the sun shines and he sees his shadow back he goes for 6 weeks more Wednesday was sunkist in Ma son City 20 Below And if that wasnt enough to send this marmot scurrying back Wednesdays 20 below zero weath er should have done it It was the coldest yet this win ter There were only 3 times it was that cold in 1948 That was HOME BURNED Des Moines destroyed the home of Mrs Alva Huffman 34 a widow and her 3 children Tuesday Neighbors cooperated in providing food and shelter for the family At Least 772 Deaths Caused by Nations January Storms Chicago j the lengthy railroad dispute Wednesday The principals in wagehour asked the presidential factfinding board to reenter the dispute and try to work out a settlement between us The request was made jointly by George Leighty representing the 16 nonoperating unions to taling some 1000000 members and Daniel Loomis of the car riers They said both sides agreed to ask the return of the board It was dissatisfaction with this same boards recommendation last year that preceded the lengthy current talks The negotiators met Wednesday without giving any hint of how close they were to settling the 10 montholddispute The railroads submitted a proposal at Tuesdays meeting Its terms were not dis closed but a union official de scribed it as one for settling the principal points of the dispute By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Weathers wintry elements lashed out over states from Texas to California in January causing at least 112 deaths and millions of dollars damage to citrus and vegetable crops But the final death toll proper ty damage and livestock losses re mains undetermined as the storm battered western section of the nation still reeled from the Janu ary blizzards A survey Wednesday unfolded to some extent the widespread damage over the storm belt from the worst weather in several years At Least 112 Dead The death toll in 15 states hit by blizzards subzero temperatures and ice and sleet storms was at least 112 The damage to citrus and veg etable crops runs into the millions of in Cali fornia alone The livestock loss still is unde termined and probably will not be known until spring The job of saving the thousands of cattle and sheep which were snowbound on the western rangelands by Jan uary blizzards still is not finished Neither is the huge task of bring ing relief to the thousands of ma rooned ranchers and Indians The emphasis in the western blizzard belt still is on relief not on counting the losses Towns Isolated Some communities in the west ern blizzard area were isolated for for weeks Roads choked with huge snow drifts halted all travel over hundreds of miles in the Dakotas Nebraska Montana Wyoming Colorado Ne vada Utah and Idaho The federal government joined with the western blizzard states in the relief and rescue work Planes and snowmoving equipment moved in Bulldozers and snow plows opened the snowlocked highways and secondary roads Planes carrying tons of hay flew over the isolated regions dropping their cargo to the starving live stock Planes also took food and medical supplies to snowbound communities and Indian reserva tions That job still is underway Decorah Records Low The mercury dropped to 31 de grees below zero at Decorah early Wednesday for the states low reading Other lows included 28 at Elkader 24 at Sibley 23 at Waukon and 22 at Spencer Jan 23 with 20 Feb 8 with 20 and March 11 with 22 If Mr Woodchuck thinks any thing at all of his reddish brown head hell dig in for another 6 weeks Authorities claim this ground hog tradition was brought to this country by German and British immigrants Europeans have long believed that a sunny Candlemas day Feb 2 presages a cold spring Still Winter As the Scots have it If Candlemas is fair and clear Therell be 2 winters in the year No one has ever explained what connection there is between Can dlemas day and the groundhog but the temperature itself is enough to tell lowans its still winter Twenty degrees below zero No need to get those garden tools out yet Ben Hogan Hurt in Auto Wreck Elpaso Texas Hogan National Open champion and the leading golfer of America suf fered serious injuries Wednesday in a carbus crash 30 miles east of Van Horn Hogans wife Valerie was bruised and cut The crash was on a Greyhound bus GROCERY STORE BURNS Bagley did an esti mated damage here Tues day when it destroyed Harolc Coils grocery store The loss was estimated by Coil CarTrain Collisions Fatal to 2 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Two persons were killed and 3 injured in 2 separate traincar collisions in Iowa Tuesday A Westmar college student died and 3 fellow students were iujuied n a collision with an Illinois Cen ral engine and caboose at LeMars Dead was Elmer A Ketterling 26 of Streeter N Dak The stu dents were identified at the hos pital as Jean Clark home address unavailable Al Tarnasky Jamesr town N Dak and Lois Schlender Kansas City Mo Frank Weber 75 a retired farm er was killed at Dyersville in a collision of his car and a west bound Illinois Central train at a crossing The car was carried half mile after the crash House Group Approves Legislation Truman Says Bill Needed to Remove Republican Law Washington D e m o c rats drove through the house ways and means committee on a 17 to 8 vote Wednesday a bill restoring until June 12 1951 tlie full powers of the old reciprocal trade law President Truman requested the legislation telling congress it is needed to remove hobbles put on trade negotiations by the GOP tar iff law passed in 1948 Build Commerce He said full operation or the trade act would build world com merce and promote peace Two republicans Reps Kean N J and Holmes Wash joined 15 democrats in support of the meas ure Opposing were 8 republicans The legislation will go to the house for debate next week with a vote expected Wednesday It gives the president power with out any reference of congress to cut American duties up to 50 per cent below January 1 1941 tar iffs in trade pacts with nations that agree to reduce their trade barriers The 1948 GOP revision of the trade law provided for detailed studies by the federal tariff com mission It required the president to make an explanation to con gress if he cut any duty against the commissions advice that this might harm an American pro ducer Party Lines The committee on strict 15 to 10 party line votes rejected 2 republican amendments One vby Rep Simpson RPa would have called upon the tariff commission to set peril points below which tariffs sholud not be cut It omitted the present requirement that the president give congress an explanation if a tariff was re duced below such a level The other by Rep Curtiss R would have called upon the president to put into all trade agreements the socalled escape clause whereby this nation could renegotiate a specific item of duty found to be injurious to an American industry after a pact was negotiated Institutions Claim More Money Heeded Des Moines institu tions need more money than Gov William S Beardsley recommended they be given for operating ex penses or their program will suf fer legislators have been told The state board of education said Tuesday it will need much more money even to keep going at present levels It will take 203000 more per year than the governor recommended the board said to maintain present opera tions The state board of control said the mental hospitals and other in stitutions must have more money to give the patients the treatment and cnre needed The educational institutions got a year in the current biennium ending next June 30 They asked a year for the next 2year period Beardsley recommended they be given 348700 a year The board of control got 760 a year during this biennium It asked annually for the next biennium Beardsley rec ommended SAME Bluck fUf means traffic death In past 2i bourt Cedar Rapids Man Fugitive From Missouri Cedar Rapids 24year old packinghouse worker who had lived here as a good citizen for about a year was under arrest Wednesday as a fugitive from Missouri Inspector of Detectives William Kudrna said that Earl Kirklin had lived here quietly with his fan iiy He was arrested Monday night after police received a letter from Missouri authorities Kudrna said Kirklin had es caped from the Missouri state re formatory in May 1943 while serv ing a 5year term for larceny Kirklin was quoted by Kudrna as saying that he had lived at his home in Joplin Mo without be ing questioned for more than 4 years after his escape Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Increasing cloudiness light snow and a little warmer Wednesday night Thursday cloudy with a little light snow Low Wednesday night about zero High Thursday about 20 Iowa Mostly cloudy and wanner Wednesday night and Thursday Light snow south and west por tions Thursday Low Wednes day night 5 northwest to 3015 southeast Minnesota Mostly cloudy with slowly rising temperatures Wed nesday night and Thursday Light snow overspreading most of state Wednesday night IN MASON GlobfGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 9 Minimum 20 below Al 8 a m Wednesday 16 below Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum 31 Minimum i ;