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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 13, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L VI Associated Prea United Full Five Cents Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JANUARY 13 1950 HOME EDITION 111111 r TnU Paper of Two NO tt GlobeGazette photo NONPAYING meters in Mason City were Friday with hardly any revenue obtained as pedestrians swaggered around the neatly spaced poles in getting from one icy section of walk to the next These high school students Robert Cottrell draped around the meter Roger Ennis and Gary Golien were hay ing their troubles but not as much as some motorists whose cars were scuffed in slides or still others who abandoned theirs to take off on foot North Slip Slide on Icy Streets Friday the 13th was a day for the motorist to be abroad and some who were wished they werent There were a number of utterances like as North lowans slipped in autos or slid off their feet enroute to and from their days activity Streets in Mason City were filled with cars unable to get a footing resulting in traffic snarls in many parts of the city The street department reported that some sanding inter night and a full tpwork at 8 a m In instances the sand and cinders being covered up as fast ajprews could get it down School Was called offfor the day at Apkley and Marble Rock School buses were not operating at Iowa alls Britt and several other points Freezing rain is also reported in all of the southern section of Minnesota and the Twin Cities The temperature hovered right at 32 during midday in Mason City from 10 a m on and that was enough to break up the ice for several hours A total of 58 inches of rain fell in Mason City from 8 a m to 2 p m Predict Cold But the situation looked bad for Friday evening and Saturday with colder weather assured by forecasters On the heels of ice fog and rain which were spreading over much of the state the weather bureau forecast drifting and blow ing snow with decidedly colder temperatures The snow and strong northerly winds were expected Friday night Icecovered highways made traveling treacherous in many sec tions particularly ina wide belt extending from southwest Iowa northeastward Some schools were closed because roads were too haz ardous for buses to make their visibility was a quarter of a mile Freezing drizzle at that hour con tinued at Council Bluffs Atlantic and Council Bluffs 10 Degrees The mercury got down to 10 de grees at Spencer during the night The weather bureau predicted colder weather Friday night and Saturday during the night was 9 of an inch at Burling ton Fairfield had 78 of an inch Other amountsreported by the weather bureau up to a m included Albia 60 Ottumwa 59 Clarence 58 Iowa City 57 Oska loosa 55 Davenport 54 Williams burg 52 North English 50 Wai ford 45 Cedar Rapids 42 Brook lyn 41 Dubuque 32 Lambni 29 Waterloo 20 and Des Moines 11 Light snow fell at Sioux City during the night and was expected to continue in northwest Iowa Fri day For other sections of the state precipitation was expected in the form of rain routes All Roads Covered All of Iowa was blanketed by fog and roads were wet through out all of the state The very slippery belt extend ed from the extreme southwest counties northeastward to Mason then eastward to include the 2 northern tiers of counties in northeast Iowa The weather conditions virtually eliminated air travel in the state and in some places tied up bus traffic Airlines Stalled None of the 3 airlines which serve Des Moines was operating in or out of the city The Union bus depot in Des Moines reported that at least 4 buses had stopped along the route either to or from here from the north and west be cause of icy highways A 2 passenger plane from Chi cago to Kansas City was forced to land in Des Moines Also a cargo plane owned by the Flying Tigers Cargo line which was carrying 12000 pounds of automotive parts from Detroit Mich to Burbank Cal was forced to land in Des Moines la some western counties schools were closed Friday because of the hazardous roads In many other areas including Car roll schools remained open but at tendance was cut because the dis tricts did not send out their buses for rural pupils The fog hung on past the early Booming hours and and the weath er bureau said visibility at Lamon tJO a m was only oneeighth ile At Ottumwa and Des Moinei Gen Bradley to Testify on Formosa Washington ff The senate oreign relations committee agreed Triday to invite Secretary of De iense Johnson and Gen Omar Bradley to testify Jan 26 on the trategic importance of Formosa Chairman Connally who opposed the move said the decision to ask Johnson and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff to testify was reached with out a record vote The 2 will be asked whether they consider it important for American defenses that the island ofFormosa be kept out of Chinese communist hands Republican senators have been demanding action to prevent the communists from assaulting the last stronghold of the Chinese na tionalist government President Truman has an nounced a handsoff policy towarc Formosa with the possible excep tion of giving the nationalists there some economic aid The decision to call Johnson anc Bradley came after Secretary of State Acheson had spent almost 2 hours behind closed doors with the committee answering senators questions about Formosa and the far east The Pribilof Islands are sum mer breeding grounds for abou 3000000 Alaska fur seals Report Coal Shortage in 36 Cities Chamber of Commerce Findings Told After New Truman Denial Washington U S Chamber of Commerce Friday re ported a critical coal shortage in 36 cities hard on the heels of Pres dent Trumans new denial that he 3day mine week has created a coal emergency The chamber statement appar ently was prepared before Mr Trumans indication to his news conference Thursday that he has no immediate plans to force full production in the coal fields by using his TaftHartley act emer gency injunction powers against Fohn L Workers Lewis United Mine The chamber reported that it lad surveyed areas in 10 prin cipal bituminous coal using states with this result Mild Weather With an average of less than 7 days supply in dealers hands in 36 average sized towns sur veyed telegraphed advices from chambers of commerce in these cities reveal that widespread suf ering and hardship has been averted so far primarily because of the unseasonably mild weather The statement said that in some places such hardship is only a matter of hours away In Chicago the American Retail Coal association said Mr Trumans statement will surprise those citizens who are now burning wood because coal is unavailable Joseph E Moody president of the Southern Coal Producers as sociation who has been saying all along that there is an emergency commented that the presidents statement hasnt changed his mind Lowest Level Before Mr Trumans news con ference Moody had released fig ures to show that coal stockpiles were at the lowest level in at least 15 years The southern operators said there was no record of any time when reserves fell below the 22400000 tons they estimate are above ground now Other operators declared that Mr Trumanhad called an emer gency and used the TaftHartley act to halt a Lewis strike on April 3 1948 when there was to stock pile of 43000000 tons available above ground The word volcano comes from the Latin form Vulcanus of the name given by the ancient Ro mans to theirgod of fire Vulcan Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Snow and colder Fri day night with low zero to 5 below Clearing and cold Satur day with high about 15 Iowa Rain southeast snow and colder north and west portions Friday night Clearing and colder Saturday Low Friday night 5 northwest to 34 south east Iowa 5 Day Weather Outlook Temperatures will average near normal Normal highs 24 to 32 Normal lows 5 to 13 above Colder Saturday Very cold Mon day Moderating temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday Pre cipitation will average i to as snow Sun day Monday and again Wednes day Minnesota Snow and cold Friday night with heavy snow accumu lations likely southeast portion Friday night Strong northerly winds with much drifting anc blowing snow Friday night Saturday snow flurries and cole with diminishing winds anc drifting Low Friday night 15 25 below northwest to 05 below southeast High Saturday near zero IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Friday Maximum 35 Minimum 21 At 8 a m 30 Precipitation 01 YEAR AGO Maximum 28 Minimum 16 Death Toll at 65 After British Submarine Sinks Action on Fight Postponed Washington UR Robert N Denham general counsel for the National Labor Relations board las postponed until next week at east action on coal industry com plaints that John L Lewis is vio lating the TaftHartley act Usually wellinformed officials said Denham would not decide before Tuesday whether to seek a court order to put 400000 soft coal miners back on a 5day week The miners have been working on Mondays Tuesdays and Wed nesdays since Dec 5 It was the 2nd piece of bad news for the industry in 2 days President Truman congressional clamor Thursday and once again refused to use the TaftHartley act to re store full coal production ignored a for action Fight Between Denham NLRB Members Seen Washington longsmoul dering feud among ment officials who the govern enforce the TaftHartley labor law was devel oping Friday into what looked like an open bitter fight The 4 members of the national labor relations board studied with concern a speech by the NLRBs own general counsel Robert N Denham sharply critical of board decisions Denham told a construction in dustry employer group in New York Thursday night that board members still figure the TaftJ Hartley law will be repealed Their decisions he said apparent ly are being fitted to the present political climate Board members having read Denhams speech in advance de cided to say nothing for the pres ent But it was learned they are hopping mad and are even con sidering carrying a complaint di rect to President Truman Labor unions frequently have asked the white house to remove Denham who was confirmed by the senate for a 4year term run ning to December 1951 Denham now 64 got the job after a cowhandlumberjackbank erlawyer career He has been a controversial figure ever since Mr Truman named him as board gen eral counsel when TaftHartley was enacted in 1947 In his speech Denham listed a series of recent NLRB decisions with which he disagreed He indi cated he thought employers should appeal them to the courts As board counsel and legal agent Denham would have to de fend the board decisions in court His job under TaftHartley is a big one and independent of board members control Republicans Plan Lincoln Day Dinner Des Moines a plate Lincoln day dinner here Feb 16 will be the kickoff of the Iowa republican partys fundraising campaign for 1950 republican headquarters annnounced Friday State Chairman Whitney Gillil land said the principal speaker will be U S Senator William F Knowland The dinner will be at the KRNT radio ball room Senator Knowland 41 and a vet eran of World war II has been one of the republican senate lead ers who have opposed the Truman administrations foreign policy in the far east especially as it con cerns Formosa According to Hindu legend the sacred Ganges river divided into 100 channels to reach and cleanse 60000 damned souls SENT SUB TO of the wreckage of the British submarine Truculent are imbedded in the prow of the Divina Swedish tanker after a collision in the Thames estuary Thursday night The submarine which accounted for 20 Japanese ships during the war sank within a minute after being rammed Chrysler Is Threatened by Strike Detroit CIO United Auto Workers union warned Chrysler Corporation Friday that it will set a strike deadline next Wednesday unless satisfactory progress in contract negotiations is made by that time Accusing Chrysler of stalling evasion and double talk UAW Chrysler Director Norman Mat thews said progress must be made by next Wednesday or the union will consider further talks to no avail Under the contract Chrysler workers must give the company 7 days notice of intent to strike If the union files notice of strike next Wednesday it could call 85000 em ployes throughout the nation off their jobs Jan 25 Chrysler workers are seeking the same pensions health and welfare benefits obtained by Ford Motor company employes last Sep tember Rossellini Wife Ask Annulment of Their Marriage Turin Italy Italian court of assizes was asked Friday to remove one of the obstacles to the prospective marriage of Swe dish film star Ingrid Bergman and Italian Director Roberto Rossellini It heard a plea on behalf of Rossellini and his former wife Marcella de Marchis that a Vienna court decree annuling their marriage be recognized as valid in Italy The courts decision was not expected to be made public be fore Saturday In Rome Rossellinis attorney Mario Luzzati said there is ab solutely no foundation to a re port in the local press that Ros sellini was under the influence of drugs at the time he married and that those grounds were used to obtain his Vienna annulment SIGN NAVY CONTRACT Cedar Rapids Collins Radio company announced Thurs day signing of a con tract with the navy for airborne radio communications equipment A Collins spokesman said the con tract would involve some in creased employment Rankin Demanding Investigation of Wire Tapping Washington investiga tion of reports of unauthorized tapping of congressional tele phones was demanded Friday by Rep Rankin following complaints by several colleagues Rankin drafted a resolution calling on the house unAmerican activities committee to make the investigation He said he would introduce it when the house re convenes next Monday For some time members of the house have complained privately that they suspected their private telephone lines in the house of fice buildings were being tapped One member told newsmen he recently detected an actual tap ping of his line with the aid of outside technical help He was un able to catch the person who did it He said he has suspected for some time that his home tele phone has been tampered with The gadget used in the case he detected he said was a clipon device which could be hurriedly attached to and detached from leadin wires Another house member no longer will talk off the record by telephone with newsmen He says his office telephone is tapped and I dont want on any kind of a record the things I discuss off the record He said he believes a tapere cording device has been hitched on to his telephone line but he cant locate it nor does he know whom to suspect All I know about this said a 3rd member is that I wont say over the telephone anything I dont want spread all over Wash ington Rankin said he knows that tap ping has been going on on Cap itol Hill for some time And its going on in the gov ernment offices downtown and I wouldnt be surprised if it goes on at the white house he added It ought to be stopped and those guilty ought to be pun ished Rankin emphasized that he does not believe the federal bureau of investigation which does some wire tapping is involved in tap ping of Capitol Hill telephones but somebody is doing it I think this is being done by subversive groups who are trying to get something on members of congress who have been blocking them he said Psychiatrist Believes Story by Woman About Setting Fire Davenport psychiatrist said Friday he was convinced a pretty young mental ward patient was telling the truth when she confessed touching off the Mercy hos pital fire in which 41 women died Mrs Elnora1 Epperly 23 of Rock Island 111 told author ities that she set curtains her room on fire with a cig aret lighter she had planned to give her husband for Christmas As the flames spread through the 81yearold mental ward turning it into a death trap for screaming patients Mrs Epperly saved herself by climbing through a transom County Attorney Clark Filseth filed a first degree murder charge against Mrs Epperly He said she was a voluntary patient and not under commitment and therefore the question of insanity was one for adjudication by a court or commission Dr John Marker psychiatrist who questioned Mrs Epperly said he was satisfied her story was true The doctor said Mrs Epperly was mentally incompetent at the time of the fire and was now hopelessly incurable Was to Leave The petite brunette entered the hospital upon a doctors recom mendation She had been there a month and was to be released last Saturday morning I thought my husband was dead she was quoted by Filseth He never came to see me I was going crazy with fear and thought I could escape if the building burned down Later she said she learned that her husband had tried to see her but had been advised by nurses that a visit might disturb her States Attorney Bernard Moran of nearby Moline 111 who first questioned her after she told her husband she had set the fire said he understood she had a complex that caused her to take the blame for the atomic war The psychiatrist who treated her before she entered the hospital said she suffered claustrophobia or fear of confined spaces Breaks Down The 100pound 5footoneinch woman broke down and told her husband of firing the curtains be cause her horrible memory of the victims screams wouldnt let her sleep She will be arraigned on the murder charge at 9 a m Monday Mrs Epperlys medical record indicated she suffered a brain concussion in an auto accident in 1946 after graduating from Rock Island high school as an honor student in 1945 Her mother was permanently crippled in the acci dent She was hospitalized Dec 12 1949 after she began having re curring headaches Her husband John an unem ployed steel worker said he didnt believe his wife started the fire despite her confession He said however she told him she had died a thousand deaths since the blaze Many modern builders are Jm proving sanitation in new homes by installation of clay tile floors and wainscots which ire stain proof colorfast and moisture proof DR MADELENE DONNELLY Named to Head Child Health Post Des Moines Walter L Bierring Iowa commissioner of health Thursday announced the appointment of Dr Madelene N Donnelly as the new director of the departments division of ma ternal and child health Dr Donnelly a native of Mason City is now director of maternal child and crippled childrens serv ices of the Idaho state department of health She will beginher new duties in Des Moines March 15 Her salary will be Dr Donnelly attended public schools in Mason City and is a graduate of the State University of Iowa college of medicine and of the public health division of the University of Michigan medi cal school Dr Donnelly fills the post which has been vacant since the death in May 1949 of Dr John M Hayek 55 Trapped Men Given Up as Dead Divers Explore Hulk of Craft 15 Are Rescued Chatham England British navy Friday night fixed as 65 the death toll in the sinking of the submarine Truculent The admiralty said the subma and sunk in the Thames estuary Thursday night by the ironclad bow of a Swedish 80 persons aboard in stead of the 76 originally reported The navy has given up for dead 55 men believed trapped in the submarine Ten bodies have been found floating in the sea There were 15 survivors An admiralty spokesman said a recheck showed the crew aboard included 6 officers 56 naval en listed men and 18 dock workers The admiralty said no hope can now be entertained for any fur ther survivors The next of kin of the known dead and all of the missing were being notified Divers and frogmen had tapped out messages on the hulk of the submarine trying to contact pos sible survivors But there was no response In addition all 5 men aboard a Lancaster rescue plane were killed early Friday in a takeoff crash at a royal air force station in Scotland The plane was to have picked up diyers for the Chatham operation The submarine lay in silt about 42 feet below the surface at low tide The ebbing tide had aided the divers in reaching the craft which had gone down in water 54 feet deep Of the 76 aboard 58 were sailors and 18 were dockmen sailing as part of the crew in a test cruise after refitting The admiralty said the 6 bodies found Friday were discovered in Barrow Deep about 10 miles northeast of where the sub went down They were picked up by the rescue vessel Zest Apparently the bodies had been swept toward the open sea by the outgoing tide Fri day morning Guided by Buoys Guided by the subs yellow buoys possibly released accident ally the divers in their unwieldy equipment and the swiftmoving frogmen in their webfooted rub ber suits crawled over the sunk en craft laboriously hammering out code messages The admiralty ordered the HMS Reclaim latest type deep water rescue ship to the scene with equipment capable of resurfacing any but the most badly crippled submarines Divers trained in res cue work were ordered into ac tion The Truculent which itself sent 20 Japanese shies to the bot tom during World II met disaster Thursday night The 643 ton Swedish tanker Divina from Stockholm was coming in 55 miles due east of London The Truculent bound for Sheerness dockyards had been out since Thursday morning on a trial run The prow of the Divina equip ped to break through ice rammed To Vote Tuesday on Oleo Measure Washington JP senate agreed Friday to vote next Tues day on a proposed substitute for a housepassed bill to repeal federal oleomargarine taxes The substitute measure backed by dairy state senators also would abolish the taxes but would ban the spread from interstate com merce if it is colored yellow FILM DIRECTOR DIES Hollywood Ufi Pioneer Mo tion Picture Director John M Stahl 63 died of a heart attack Thursday night at Hollywood Presbyterian hospital where ht had been treated since New Years day the subs torpedo compartment and the undersea craft which had been running on the surface sank within a minute Tot Killed When Struck by Truck Driven by Father Des Moines year old Dennis Whiteaker was killed Thursday when his tricycle was struck by a truck driven by his father Dr Leo D Luka deputy Polk county coroner said the father Monroe Whiteaker a truck driver was on the way home at the time of the accident Whiteaker apparently swerved to miss other children playing in the street At that moment his own son coasted down an embankment into the path of the truck Dr Luka said SAME Black fUr MMHI tnttta ia S4 ;