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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 12, 1960, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited for MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE VOL 98 The Newspaper That M a k s All North lowans Neighbors Aisoclated Prew tnd OnHwJ Presi Full MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY JANUARY 12 IfW 7r Copy of Three ScctlontScctlon ffi 1 H Russians marketing j watches effort to reach average US consumer By CLYDE FARNSWORTH New York Herald Tribune News Service NEW YORK The Russians are trying to sell watches in America for the first time Already they have offered watches in Canada at w h a i some observers say are ridicu lously low prices While Sov iet officials decline to discus prices at which their watches will be sold in the United States it is expected they will range in the lower mediumprice up The quality of t h Russian watches is said to be high In style however they are regard ed as being and no particularly modern corres ponding roughly to watches sole in the United States 10 or 15 years ago Style patterns are limited The Russian offerings will be jewel movements INDUSTRY OBSERVERS sa the Russian timepieces won pose a threat to domestic watcl makers or importers of othe foreign watches for at least an other four or five years if ever The Russians are expected t have a tough selling job fo these reasons 1 style limita tions 2 inability to guarante a continued source of supply regarded as important in th watch trade 3 nationalist feelings attempts to marke East German typewriters in th United States recently met wit little Officials of Amtorg Tradin Corp trading agents for th Soviet government in the Unite States report they are trying t line up distributors They sa they have had a lot of inquirie but few commitments In Mad son Avenue lingo they add the are carrying out market tests to investigate possibilities Bu they dont contemplate hirin an American market researc firm at least at present be cause it would cost too muc money WE WANT TO use the cheap est way to determine whether market exists Anatol Koro stelev secretary of Amtorg re marked So far Amtorg ha relied on newspaper ads What are the Russians mo tives Probably political ac cording to most observers The more they can sell their con sumer products in America the more they can convince the av erage American theyre not so bad after all They may want dollars too but most observers feel theyll probably be wilting to sell their watches at a loss to get into the American market If Russia is successful it will become the fifth country to ex port watches to the United States Switzerland is by far the biggest followed by West Germany France and lately Japan WATCH IMPORTS have de clined since the peak year of 1953 just before President Ei senhower raised tariffs on Swiss watches by 50 per cent to pro tect the domestic industry In 1953 imports total 12000 000 units but they dropped about 10 per cent to 10300000 by 1958 In dollar value the drop has been even per cent This is because of a change in he complex of the imports Imports of jewel watches the more expensive variety fell from 10000000 to 5700000 while those of pin lever nonjewel the cheaper watches rose from 2000000 to 4800000 Duties on watches from Rus sia and other Iron Curtain coun tries run at least 10 per cent higher than those on watches from outside the Soviet orbit For example the tariff on an average 17jeweI Russian watch is S305 against S270 for a watch from nonIron Curtain countries ABOUT FACE PASO ROBLES Calif W This citys new fire truck arrived by rail Monday and had to be sent back to San Luis Obis po 25 miles south of here The boxcar containing the truck was coupled the wrong way in the train The truck can be unloadet only at one end of the car The car was back to San Luis Obispo to be turned around US Russian rockets may be used to orbit earth satellites of other nations NICE France space scientist R W Porter predicted Tuesday that Ameri can and Russian rockets will hurl satellites of other na tions into orbits this year Porter a member of the space science board of the National Academy of Science in Washington UC said this was likely to be one of the principal results of the space scientists summit confer ence More than 200 scientists from 17 nations including the Soviet Union arc attending the meeting organized by the International Committee on Space Research a followup group of the In ternationa Geophysical Year IGY program which saw Hie first Russian and American satellite launchings COSPARS goal is to pro mote EastWest coopera I ion in explorations of the uni verse The scientists plan to set up a permanent clearing house which would enable them to keep tabs on each others experiments and fu ture plans COSPAR officials said the United Slates and Russia will profit from the ideas of scien tists in other countries In re turn he officials snid those will have a chance of seeing their projects advanced with the aid of American and Rus sian space rockets Porter said the first such co operative venture will take place when the United States sends into orbit an instrument capsule built by Canadian sci entists probably this year He said a Britishmade sat ellite with novel features for Ihc exploration of space likely to be hurled into orbit by an American rocket some time in 19G1 After that he predicted succession of similar firings of French Australian Japa nese a n el perhaps other na tions satellites He added that he was sure Russia would not leave this form of technical cooperation solely to the United States He said that it was possible also that Russia might offer its rocket services to nations out side the Soviet bloc Cuba rejects protest WHEN GOOD FRIENDS GET TO on speaking terms a few weeks ago leaders of the steel industry are bid a rollicking farewell by Vice President Nixon following a party at his home in Washington Nixon had a big hand in settling the eight month steel dispute Left to right are AP Photofax USSteel boss R Conrad Cooper Nix on Thomas Patton of Republic Steel back to David McDonald president of theunion Arthur Homer of Bethlehem Steel and Labor Secre tary James Mitchell with his arm around union counsel Arthur Goldberg Forward RadioTV bids for station at Mankato The Forward Group of radio and television stations of which KGLO is the parent unit hopes to add a fourth television sta tion to its family Herbert R Ohrt executive vice president of Lee Radio Inc announced application was iled Tuesday with the Federal Communications Commission m Washington DC requesting the assignment of a construction permit for Channel 12 at Manka 0 Minn The Forward Group is com posed of KGLO Radio and TV in Vlason City WTAD and KHQA TV in Quincy 111 and Hanni bal Mo and WMTV in Madi son Wis A MINNESOTA corporation has been formed headed by Ohrt and called KEYCLEE TV INC This corporation in its ap plication requests the assign ment of the construction permit now held by Two States Tele vision Inc The FCC is expected to take action on the application within 45 days If the permit is as signed construction would get under way immediately and the station could be on the air in early fall The studios would be in Man kato the city of allocation of Channel 12 The transmitter site would be 26 miles south west of Mankato and about 16 miles from Lewisville Pro grams would be transmitted to the tower by use of microwave The tower itself would be 1 116 feet high overall It would Sen Green 92 wont run again PROVIDENCE R I MSe Theodore Francis Green at 92 the oldest person ever to serve in Congress will call it quits after four terms Green gave failing eyesight and hearing as his reason to forego a bid for reelection next November He had cataracts rei moved from both eyes within a year ransmit a maximum allowable ignal of 316000 watts serving a coverage area of 60 airline miles in all directions The new elevision station would serve 31 counties of Southern Minne sota and Northern Iowa THERE WOULD BE a Class A picture in 16 counties which jreviously have never received adequate picture service from any TV station In some coun ties television set ownership is ess than 50 per cent due to the inadequate signals The new station would service 115000 TV homes immediately There would be no overlap in city grade service between KJEYCTV and KGLOTV but here would be some overlap in Tinge areas to the northwest of Mason City It is hoped HERBERT R OHRT For atomic era A new face The GlobeGazettes monthly magazine FARM the first of its type to be published by a U S newspaper has had its face lifted It appears in this issue under the new caption Farm anc Town Living Property seizure rapped HAVANA Castros regime has rejected a US pro test against tactics used in seizing American property in Cuba and said it would speed up operation of its land reform program against both Cubans and foreigners Property owners were told to take their complaints to the Cu ban courts U S Ambassado Philip Bon sal delivered a State Depart ment note Monday complaining that lands and buildings of U S citizens in Cuba had been seized without court orders and fre quently without written author ization THE STATE Department said in many cases no inventories were made no receipts given for the seized property and no indication given that payment would be made Acting Foreign Minister Mar celo Fernandez issued a state ment which said the State De partment does not take into consideration the basic situation but rather relates a number of supposed deeds which are qual ified as violations of the agrar German pilots speak A hybrid language WASHINGTON air force pilots trained by Americans and required to communicate in English when ever possible while flying find themselves speaking a strange hybrid language John Rich NBC correspondent in Berlin says that a typical conversation at a German air base runs something like this Hallo Max Hallo Friti Wie gehts Okay Okay Ach Max gestern gab es ein en lauter boome in meiner tail pipe auf zehn tausend fuss Aber no sweat boy no sweat Ich habe normal letdown procedure gemacht Achtung Maxie hier komt her old man Seht spater an der PX snack bar Auf wiedersehn Take it easy that KEYCTV would be affiliated in varying legrees with all three major television networks for the pur jose of programming The new Minnesota corpora ion KEYCLEE TV Inc has 70 per cent of its stock owned by Lee Radio Inc and 10 per cent by KNUJ Inc The remain ing 20 per cent is owned by in dividuals including Ohrt Lee P Loomis and others connected with the operation of the For ward Group LOOMIS PRESIDENT of Lee Radio Inc will be chairman of the board Ohrt will be presi dent and Walker K Mickelson publisher of the New Ulm Daily Journal and president of KNUJ radio station will be vice presi dent Secretary will be Lloyd D Loers general sales manager of KGLO and KGLOTV Treasur er will be Roger E Sawyer ian reform law Fernandez said that while a formal reply would be made later Bonsai had been told the firm position of the revolution ary government in accelerating the work of agrarian reform applying measures of expropria tion and indemnification to Cu ban nationals and foreigners equally and referring all doubt ful cases to competent Cuban courts The Stale Department said it had no immediate comment on the Cuban statement THE U S NOTE was the third to Cuba on the subject in seven months It was drawn up during conferences in Washington from which Bonsai returned on Sun day The note declared that Cas tros seizure of American pri vate property violated both Cu ban and international law But the summary released to the North Iowa Rain and drizzle and considerable fog with lo cally heavy showers south Tuesday night Drizzle Wed nesday with change to some freezing drizzle north part Warmer Tuesday night turn ing colder Wednesday Lows Tuesday night and highs Wed nesday in 40s Iowa Light rain or drizzle with considerable fog north and west Tuesday night and over entire state Wednesday Cloudy scattered showers and possibly thundershowers south east Tuesday night warmer extreme northeast Freezing drizzle northwest Wednesday coider entire state Lows Tuesday night and highs Wednesday from upper 20s extreme northwest to upper 40s southeast Further outlook rain or snow and little colder Thursday Minnesota Mostly cloudy a little colder Highs Wednesday 2230 GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 am Tuesday British author Nevil Shute dies at 60 MELBOURNE sell ing British author Nevil Shute 60 died in a hospital here Tucs day He suffered a stroke earlie in the day Shute was the author of In book On the Beach whicl was a best seller in Amer ica and rccent y had its pre mier as a film U tells the story of the end of human through clear Shutes name Nevil Shute SHUTE Maximum Minimum At 8 am Precipitation 35 28 w Trace n keeping with the tremendous changes which have taken place during the last quar ter century in farm and town living Practical ly all farm homes now have electricity and running water like their town counterparts There is little difference now in the standard of living in town and country The new magazine follows that trend It will be with of interest to all ISST chief engineer for KGLO and KGLOTV The board of directors in ad dition to the officers will be composed of Walter J Roths child national sales manager for the Forward Group and gen eral manager of the Quincy Hannibal operation Robert K Baumgartner affiliated with Mickelson Doug Sherwin pro gram director for KGLOTV and Ken Kew news and sports director wfor KGLO Radio and Television Ohrt pointed out that KEYC LEE TV would have the valu able experience of Mickelson in newspapers and radio and his general knowledge of the area and per press made clear it did not pro test the principle of land redis tribution but complained about the manner in which it is being carried out The U S govern ment recognizes the right of for eign countries to expropriate lands and other property within foreign domains provided fair and speedy compensation is made Officials in Washington said the Castro government has made no payments for American owned property seized so far ex cept in the case of a few planta tions producing fiber for twine The agrarian reform law calls for payment with 20year Cuban government bonds American property seized so far was estimated in Washington at five or six million dollars U S investments in Cuba are esti mated at about a billion dollars Leon mankilled in 3vehicle crash LEON Stout 75 Leon died Monday night about four hours after he was injured in a highway accident involving a hearse a pickup truck and a semitrailer truck JOYCE DIES SAN FRANCISCO UPI Maj Gen Kenyon A Joyce 80 whose chief of staff during the early part of World War II was Col Dwight D Eisenhower died Monday Norway In addition to a Ion and successful career as a no elist he also had a career i aviation He flew the Atlant twice in 1930 in a dirigible Among his other novels were The Far Country also made into a movie Pastoral Re quiem for a Wren and In the Wet On the Beach was his last and most successful book published in 1957 SAME Fog and rain hit travel Heavy rain drenched many iarls of Iowa with up to 232 iches of moisture at Dubuqua Tonday night More was ex iccted in some areas Tuesday Except for the unseasonably nild temperatures the precipi ation would have been about a oot or more of snow As it was here was only a little icing of lighways and streets THE WEATHER Bureau said ocal flooding might be ex pected in the state As a result of 137 inches of rain in Des Moincs Four Mile Creek in the northeast part of the city over flovved Near Dubuque the Little Ma quoketa River spilled over US 52 to a depth of about one foot forcing the rerouting of traffic Northern Iowa meanwhile was plagued by freezing mist which left thin ice onhighways north of a line from Sioux City to Sac City Algona Mason City and Cresco However highways cleared by midday HEAVY FOG covered some sections of the state particular ly the northern and central areas The fog halted all airline operations Highway travel also was made hazardous by the fog which cut visibiiity to only 50 feet at Mason City early Tues day Other rainfall reports includ ed Grinnell and Gilman 190 Cedar Rapids 174 Montezuma 173 Brooklyn 166 Williams burg 165 Toledo 160 Knox ville 155 Ilavcrhill 153 Clar ence 147 Davenport 141 La moni 140 Ottumwa and Tracy 139 Fairfield 130 Winterset 120 Garwin 115 Oskaloosa 104 North English 102 and Osceola 1 inch On the inside Society News 67 Comics 8 Sports 1M2 Editorials 13 Latest Markets 4 Mason City News 1415 Clear Lake News 9 North Iowa News 22 Farm Town Living Pullout section GRADER GOES TO THE Station Charley a US scientific sta tion on an arctic ice floe that is break ing up is being abandoned This photo shows why A grader used to clear run ways on the oncebig icecube 400 miles AP Photofax north of Barrow Alaska backed into a small fissure While the men were working to free it the ice opened up and the huge machine fell through to the bottom of the for ;