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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 5, 1946, Mason City, Iowa r I f NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT Of ARCHIVES Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS Five Cents a Copy TEXAS STORM Sullivan victim of a torna do which struck Nacogdoches Texas Friday night is shown huddled under the wreckage of his home during the height of the storm The man standing is unidentified Sul livan was taken to a hospital The tornado killed 6 persons and injured at least 85 in Nacogdoches AP Wirephoto K and A engr Former Aide Claims Himmler Was Fumbling Coward With Vial of Poison at Fingertips fP Heinrich Himmler the oncedreaded chief of the S3 was pictured Saturday as a fumbling coward who slowly came apart and spent his last days as a shivering wreck with a vial ot poison constantly at his fingertips Otto Ohlendorf Himmlers for mer aide said in an interview that the 44 yearoldgestapq chief lived in a tiny cottageotrtlrcout skirts of Flensburg during the final days of the 3rd reich and that he hoped in vain to make a deal which would save his life Himmler committed suicide May 23 1945 3 days after his cap ture by the British by swallow ing the contents of a vial of potas sium cyanide Ohlendorf who appeared Thurs day as a witness at the war crimes trial said that Himmler sent Wal ter Schellenberg chief of the se curity polices foreign intelligence service to Sweden to try to vince the western powers that SS was the only group remaining which could maintain order in Germany His only occupation was to come into Flensburg at least 3 times a day and ask Any news from Schellenberg said Ohlen dorf Otto was with him in Flens burg and saw him slowly come apart a man turned slightly craven bent on saving himself through an artificial intrigue but always with a vial of potassium cyanide at his fingertips Ohlendorf said that Himmler had once plotted in his climb to power to overthrow Hitler but had been turned back by his fear of Hermann Goering MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY JANUAUY 5 1946 NO 78 TWISTERS HIT EAST TEXAS Army Slows Down Return of Veterans Washington army slapped the brakes on demobiliza tion Saturday with a declaration that replacements would be insuf ficient to maintain necessary forces abroad at the present rate By full use of available ship Pins all of about 1553000 over seas troops who are or will become eligible could be returned to the United States in 3 months a war department official said at a news conference Instead the army plans to spread the returns over 6 months This slower rate combined with overseas strength to a planned minimum of 797000 by July 1 Lt Gen J Lawton Collins told re porters Friday He declared however that no man should be held in a foreign Study Discharges Tokyo Secretary of War Patterson declared here Saturday that disintegration of organized army divisions following too rapid discharge without replace ment has caused an already critical condition in some places and added that the possible release on March 20 of men hav ing 2 years of service is stilt be g studied HEINRICtI HEHMLER QUAKE IN CHILE Santiago Chile earth tremor lasting half a minute shook Santiago early Saturday awakening residents in many parts of the city No damage or injuries were reported immediately in this area Weather Report FORECAST Mason City 6ccasional rain with considerable fog and mild tem peratures Saturday night Low 3035 Sunday partly cloudy with moderately strong south westerly winds Iowa Rain and mild Saturday night considerable fog showers east and partly cloudy west portion Sunday increasing winds becoming strong west to southwest Sunday Minnesota Rain and fog Satur day night with locally heavy amounts east portion and glazing northwest portion Sunday rain or snow northwest and light rain south and eastportions Colder west portion late Sunday or Sunday night Increasing winds becoming strong Sunday and Sunday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Saturday morning Maximum 39 Minimum 35 At 8 a m Saturday 35 Precipitation 03 YEAR Maximum 9 Minimum 0 Precipitation 03 Snow ii inch LONDON FOG ENVELOPES IOWA Fog Ram Hampers Highway Travel DCS Moines treach erous London weather a com bination of fog and rain continued Saturday with visibility down to almost a minimum in some parts of the state The fog however may be swept away Sunday by moderately strong southwesterly winds the weather bureau said By districts the following con ditions prevailed Saturday morn ing foggy rain ing Visibility 100 feetm south central area to BOO in remainder Highways normal but wet Northeast Raining foggy Highways wet foggy vi sibility 200 to 700 feet Highways wet Southwest Raining overcast foggy Visibility 300 to 500 feeL Highways wet Visibility around Council Bluffs 150 feet and less Southeast Raining foggy Highways wet FIND MISSING IOWA WOMAN Early Iowa Janet Samper who became separated from her soldier husband in a Chi cago railroad station was safe at home Saturday awaiting her hus band who searched Chicago for her to catch up with her Maj Henry Samper and his wife were enroute to Early from Washington D c when they be came separated The major started a search in Chicago asking the aid of the missing persons bu reau Meanwhile Mrs Samper had proceeded to Storm Lake Iowa where she was picked up Saturday morning by the majors parents Ive talked with Henry and he knows Im safe she said Im expecting him home just as soon as he can get from Chicago Her disappearance was all a misunderstanding she added continent and 6000 from the Pa cific EMPLOYMENT IN IOWA STILL GOOD Des Stoines indications are that employment possibilities in Iowa still are good Col Claude M Stanley a member ot the state employment security commission said Saturday This he said was based on the relationship between hose who had they remained unemployed since July 1 could have drawn unemployment compensation and those who did draw compensation in the last mailing of checks Of the claims filed since July 1 if every claimant had been eligible and if every claimant had remain ed eligible and unemployed there would have been approximately 23000 who would have been elig ible for benefits for the week of APRIL IN and ears slid about Mason Citys streets Saturday Tnov cVvatev aml and rain clouds above getting everyone thoroughly soaked Most women solved the outer garment problem by wearing seasonable fur umbrellas as can be seen in the picture above taken at 1st and N Federal in the early morning Catch basins and storm sewers clogged with ice added to the mess Two cars stalled in the early morning when they Sintered 2 feet of water m the underpass on highway 18 on 1st S W The underpass later was barricaded and traffic detoured Lock photo K and A engr Board to Inquire Into Dispute By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Truman Saturday named an emergency board to in vestigate a labor dispute which toaffect the opera tions of the St LouisSan Francis coBaihvay company in 9 states The board was notified by the Brotherhood of Railroad Train men thai a walkout affecting 7000 workers would begin at 6 p m Central Standard time Sunday The presidents action took ad vantage of a provision of the rail way labor act which decrees that appointment of an emergency board stays any walkout while the board investigates the dispute The 3member board will re port within 30 days The railway mediation board said both the road and the union had refused to grievances theater more than 3 months after he becomes eligible for discharge Our overseas forces would be dangerously understrength in oc cupying hostile countries if all el igible men were to be returned before sufficient replacements ar rived the war department infor mation chief said He estimated 400000 men had been recruited for the regular army since the wars end but re marked there was no guarantee enlistment would continue at that rate Selective service he added has furnished an average of only 37 month since VJ day The army expected 50000 a moTitri Discharges already total nearly 5000000 Collins said and the next 6 months will bring another 3000000 On July 1 the war de partment plans to have an army of 1550000 distributed as fol lows Europe 335000 Pacific 375000 other noncontinental areas 87 000 Filipino troops in training 50000 Continental United States 703000 including 360000 operat ing personnel and 343000 train ing in transit or held as a strate gic reserve The department intends to trans soim ana port GOO war brides and children arbitrate 12 listed of soldiers to the United States in Wages and hours are not inv January mainly from England and a railroad spokesman said Continental Europe This trickle states in which the railroads afcout operations would have been 66000 by July including 50000 fected were Missou Oklahoma Arkansas Texas Mississippi Alabama and Florida In New York the president of a striking union said the walkout by the Independent Western Elec tric Employes association against the Western Electric company was just about ready to explode into a nationwide telephone workers walkout Frank J Fitsimmons president of the WEEA said he had con ferred with Joseph A Beirne president of the National Federa tion of Telephone Workers and believed that by Monday or Wednesday something will be ready to break At the beginningof the 3 day old Western Electric strike Beirne said his federations 260000 mem bers had been asked in a poll to authorize a sympathy strike The Western Electric strike was illed in support of a union de mand for a 30 per cent wage in crease Picket lines outside strike bound W E plants in New Jersey and New York were quiet after Fridays strife in which 4 persons were injured and several others arrested In Cleveland A F L pressmen struck to enforce wage demands against the citys 3 daily newspa pers and a union spokesman said no employes of the 2 afternoon papers the News and the Press entered their press rooms Satur day Earlier in the day pressmen staged a sitdown which delayed publication of 2 final editions of Truman Acts in Rail Walkout Strike Picture At a Glance Dec 22 plained Colonel Stanley However in that week we is sued 8284 checks he added The last unemployment compen sation mailing last week showed 8467 checks were sent out in volving a total of The payments ranged from the mini mum of S5 a week to the maxi mum of S18 a week and averaged S1G46 400000 Workers Idle By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Approximately 400000 workers idle in labor disputes Major labor developments Truman names emergency board to in vestigate dispute affecting Frisco railroad temporarily staying a walk fiufnf 7 nnn J tionwide telephone workers walkout on Clevelands 3 daily newspapers strike to enforce wage demands MEAT Meat Cutters union threatens to join CIO Packinghouse Workers in stoppage Jan 16 President Truman asked to intervene factfinders seek to solve dispute lha threatens to idle 700000 CIO Steelworkers Jan 14 MANUFACTURINGCoriference fails to reach peaceful picket ing policy at strikebound Western Electric company union and com pany remain deadlocked over 30 per cent wage increase demand the Plain Dealer morning news paper Continuing disputes kept 000 workers i half of them fecied by the 70 General Motors plants But picture was due to change radi cally wifhin the next fortnight if threatened strikes in the steel Tribunal for uispuies Kept idle and more than were af I OH S 2 4fiday CIO strike at the O di 06611 industries materialize CIO Steelworkers union leaders say any pattern set for U S Steel in factfinding hearings starting in Washington Saturday would apply to the whole indus try The union seeks a daily pay raise and threatens to call out its 700000 members in steel mills aluminum and iron ore plants across the country on Jan 14 Nathan P Feinsinger University of Wisconsin law professor heads the factfinding group appointed by President Truman The presidents intervention in the meat packing dispute was sought by the AFL Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Work men to prevent a complete tieup of the entire meat packing indus a tieup would become try Such More Sailors to Get Out Washington JP The navy department announced Saturday 2 more discharge point reductions effective on Feb 15 and March 2 Scores for MOS commissioned and warrant officers already scheduled lo drop from 43 to 41 by Feb Z were cut to 40 on Feb 15 and 39 on March 2 The total for most enlisted men which will be down from 36 to 34 by Feb 2 will drop to 33 on Feb 15 and 32 on March 2 now eligible with 29 points may le discharged mlh 28 points Feb 2 and 27 points March 2 The enlisted WAVE score will le cut from 23 to 22 and 21 on the same dales There will be no Feb 15 reduction for WAVES Other reductions Navy nurses now 29 to 28 Feb 2 and 27 March 2 Doctors now 51 to 50 Feb 2 and 49 March 2 Ant siriKe was a ueup would become called in support of a union de inevitable asserted the AFL mnnri fnrr in union officers if their 135000 members join 200000 U n itcd Packinghouse Workers in their threatened walkout set for Jan 16 MRS MANSFELDT GETS SENTENCE San Francisco Irene Mansfeldt has been sentenced to serve a 1 to 10 year prison sen tence for killing Mrs Vada Mar tin a nurse she suspected hav ing a love affair with her physi cian husband A jury Friday decided the 45 year old society matron was sane when she shot Mrs Martin Pre viously the same jury had con victed her of manslaughter Prosecutor Norman Elkington explained that if Mrs Mansfeldt receives full credits for good be havior she would be eligible for parole after a year and a half in prison Her husband Dr John Mans feldt committed suicide soon after the shooting of the nurse flyinS above r st ove ran o ensgn now 30 re duced to 29 Jan 15 28 Feb 2 27 Feb 15 and 26 March 2 The score for ensigns remains at 20 JHE scoie The oil required to fill the tanks Tokyo international Peace Looms for Chinese Civil War Chungking com munists and government leaders jaturday reached an agreement on procedures for ending hostili ies and restoring communications in strifesplit China an official announcement said Individual representatives of the factions have been appointed to confer on steus to carry out the leasefire procedures Gen George C Marshall U S invoy had conferred in swift suc ession earlier Saturday with lead ers of both delegations From Shanghai Lt Gen Albert Wedemeyer commander of U S military forces in China mean while announced that American ihips would begin moving 26000 Chinese government troops into Manchuria within 10 days Airborne movement oC other forces was scheduled for Satur day weather permitting The momentous agreement to brine at least temporary peace to China was reached at a 75minute conference between senior gov ernment and communist delegates to the forthcoming unity confer ence here It was announced In a mutually approved press release which Minister of Information K C Wu said implied that the two factions appointed representatives would work with General Marl shall as a committee of 3 io stop the shooting The truce if effected before the scheduled opening Jan JO of Chinas allparty nonpartisan unity conference would admit tedly go far toward clearing the road to permanent peace and unity Both sides acknowledged Sat urday that General Marshalls presence in Chungking had provec a strong contributing factor in the success of Saturdays negotia tions r Hidekl Tojo and othct topflight war criminal suspects will be established here within the next few days it was learncc Saturday An unimpeachable source old the United Press that the charter for the tribunal had been substan tially worked out and that he first court proceeflinss would be ffin rn February The size of the tribunal was not fixed but a number of leading American legal figures already have been nominated as members it was learned These include Agustus Hand o the second U S circuit court of appeals John Biggs Jr senior circuit judge of the United States third circuit court of appealsHar old Kennedy U S district court judge for the eastern district of New York C S Slattern of the Texas supreme court James Mc Nalley New York supreme court judge and Ferdinand Pecora former New York district attorney GEN MORGAN SENT TO LONDON London Gen Sir Fred erick Morgan head of UNRRA in Germany who was asked to re sign because of a press conference statement on Jewish refugees has been instructed to return to Lon don a spokesman for the interna tional relief agency said Saturday The spokesman said the general would be succeeded temporarily by his deputy Brig William Ar thur McDonald Stawell It was emphasized however that Sta wells appointment would oe only temporary Morgan has been under fire since stating at a press conference in Frankfurt that a secret Jewish organization was responsible lor a mass exodus from Poland By July the total force will be Decision Soon on Trials in Eldora Case Des Moines Gen eral John M Rankin said Saturday he expected to receive Monday from Gov Robert D Blue a final decision on whether the state would prosecute the remainder o the cases against former official and employes of the Eldora Stati Training School for Boys In a conference Friday with several persons concerned Rankir said the entire list ot cases wa discussed The indications were he intimated that the prosecution would continue It is the governors right a chief executive officer of the stale to say what shall be done Rankin said After the conference referring to a charge of assault with intent to commit great bodily injury filed against Harold Nelson 48 former guard the governor said Those who have reviewed the evidence say that the case is very strong and convincing and war rants prosecution In the assault case Nelson is charged with beating Tamos Pat rick Galvin an inmate with a pickax handle last Aug 28 The trial has been scheduled to open at Fort Dodge Feb 4 tc niiiixa oy ouiy ute iciai jorce will De of a single battleship would heat cut by more than half to remain the average American home for more or less static MeNarney said JAPS IGNORED MANILA TRUCE Manila bombers ignored Gen Douglas MacArthurs declaration of Manila as an open city witnesses testified Saturday at the war crimes trial of Lt Gen Masaharu Homma Two ilnesses Don Bell an American radio announcer and A L Valencia of the Manila Daily Bulletin staff fold the V S mil itary tribunalthe re was no ques tion about the Japanese knowing the declaration They said they attended a con ference in MacArthurs headquar ters Dec 26 1941 saw a copy of the declaration and heard it broad cast at frequent intervals in the Japanese language They said they heard radio Tokyo admit the same evening that the broadcast dec laration had been received Valencia testified that the next day he saw Japanese bombers fly ing singly drop bombs on the walled city and port area killing 40 persons He said there was no antiaircraft or fighter plane op position More bombers relumed the fol lowing day and blasted inter island steamers in the Pasig river he said 23 ARE KILLED 150 INJURED IN SEVERE STORMS Rescue Workers Hunt for More Victims in Ravaged Communities Palestine Tex death loll in a series of tornadoes which jwept scattered parts of east Tex as mounted to 23 Saturday and rescue workers searched the wreckage of scores of homes in search of possible other victims More than ISO others were injured The winds which snapped trees like ntatchsticks cut several swaths through rural areas which have yet to be heard from due to lack of communication and travel facilities and the toll may mount But a check by United Press dis closed only 23 known ot them in the Palestine area 6 in the Nacogdoches area 3 in the Lufkin area and 1 in the Shiloh St Paul community in Leon coun ty All of the stricken areas were within a 100150 mile redous southeast Dallas The list of injured still hospital ized stood at 25 to 30 in the Pales tine area 6 ot them critically hurt 15 at Lufkin 4 of them listed as critical a score or more at Nac ogdoches 3 ol them listed as criti cal and 13 at Crockett where the injured from ShilohSt Paul were taken Au 18mile strip south and southeast of Palestine apparently suffered the worst with all build in KS in the 100yard wide stricken area leveled Reports from Nacogdoches said that there were many piles of what once were homes still un touched by searchers along a 2 mile stretch of the Nacogdoehes Alto highway and in a practically isolated Negro section near town It was in this section that the winds snapped off trees 2 feet in diameter first felling them to the south then whipping back a few yards further to blow them down to he north Heavy rains which accompanied the storm in the 4 stricken coun ties left dirt roads almost impas sable and sent creeks swirling out of their the possi bility that many rural areas which might have been hit have not been heard from Seven persons were hurl I ser iously when a tornado dipped to earth 5 miles south of Decatur 60 miles norlhivest of Dallas and ovelurncd 3 cars ot a Fort Worth and Denver City railroad freight train Some wind damage and n few injuries were reported in sections of Parker county 60 miles west of Dallas and property damage was reported high at the tiny Hunt county community Peniel 50 miles northwest of Dallas In Angelina county the storm struck at several places destroy ing an estimated 30 houses and damaging 75 others but all 3 deaths were at Clawson A Palestine newspaperman said that at least 40 to 50 houses were blown down in that area while at Nacogdoches George W Hawkes editor of the NacoKdoches Sentinel said it was impossible to estimate the extent of property damage in that region An electric power in Nacog doches was cut when the storm struck the citys main power sta tion but Hawkes said power was expected back on soon In the allNegro community oC ShilohSt Paul Dr R E Bing of Palestine who went into the area to administer to the injured said 6 or 7 residences the school gymnasium and school hall were blown down Eire New Zealand and New foundland have a single legis lature apiece with full legislative Powers PLAN REDUCTION OF ETO FORCES Frankfurt Joseph T McNarney said Saturday that the American force in the European theater would be reduced by next July from its present 616000 men to about 300000 at which strength it will remain indefinite ly McNarney commander of U S forces in Europe sketched for the first time the makeup of the American army to handle the lonit term occupation assignment in Germany Mobile armored task forces numbering some 38CtOO troops will range the American zone in armored cars as the mainstay of the U S occupation forces In addition to the mobile police force the occupation army will consist of 3 infantry divisions to taling about 45000 men an air force 12 light tank battalions and supporting service and adminis trative echelons ;