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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 20, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LV HOME EDITION uiuir Associated Presi and United Press Full Wires Five a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JANUARY 20 1949 This Paper Consists of Two No M CUTTER AFIRE AFTER RAMMING BY coast guard cutterAEastwind enveloped by smoke after it was rammed early Wednesday off the New Jersey coast by the oil tanker Gulf stream Ten coast guardsmen were killed and others injured in the disaster Elkader Has State Low of 23 Thursday Des Moines tempera ture dropped to new lows for the winter throughout Iowa early Thursday and hit a bottom of 23 below zero at Eikader The Elkader reading was 2 de grees colder than the winters previous low point of 21 under zero at Atlantic last Dec 26 The weather bureau tossed out a small grain of comfort to lowans however A slightly warmer out look is in prospect with lows for Thursday night expected to range from 10 to 15 above in the north and 15 to 20 above in the south To offset this however the weatherman said lowans can count on lights snow in western and north central Iowa Thursday night and in most of the state Fri day So it looks like a case of a little less work with the coal shovel and a little more work with the snow shovel It was cold all over in Iowa Iowa City and Decorah had 21 below zero and Ottumwa way down on the Hawkeye states southern edge recorded 17 below Other lows included Cedar Rap ids 15 Waterloo and Dubuque 10 Burlington 5 and Mason City 4 Ashford Chews Gum Calmly as He Hears Murder Charge Francis Ashford 36 119 necticut N E chewed gum calmly in police court Thursday as his preliminary hearing got under way on a charge of first degree murder Seemingly equally emotionless as she heard testimony against was Mrs Ashford her husband former wife of Arthur Ashburn of 10 Flames Mar Inaugural for Independence Independence Mo mil liondollar fire swept through 4 buildings at the southeast corner of the Independence square the citys business district in 7degree weather Thursday This day was by proclamation of the mayor inauguration day in the home town of President Truman Many of Independences leading citizens were in Washing ton for the festivities there as the big fire broke out in the basement Chief Wolfe Detective William of the Independence Hardware the man Ashford is accused murdering Ashburn died Jan of stab wounds police say were inflicted Dec 23 by Ashford Ashford originally was accused of assault with intent to commit murder but that charge was changed Thursday in an informa tion signed by Police Chief Harold E Wolfe It charged Ashford with killing Ashburn by premeditation and with malice aforethought elements of murder in the first degree Bruns and Dr Van W Hunt phy sician who attended Ashburn were the witnesses at the prelim inary hearing They were ques tioned by County Attorney James R Brown and his assistant Mur ray H Finley and by Attorney M L Mason Defense Hickenlooper Iowa Inaugural Representative By HARRY LANDO Special To The Mason City GlobeGazette Washington D C Senator Bourke B Hickenlooper repre sented Iowa at the inauguration on Thursday of Harry S Truman as president of the United States Wired by Iowas Governor Beards ley earlier in the week Hicken looper accepted the appointment in a return telegram the same day Most Iowa visitors in town to witness the inauguration were democrats Bert Jeck national democratic committeeman from Atlantic Jake More democratic state chairman and Mrs More of Harlan Mrs Leona Busching of Nashua former Rep William Jacobsen of Clinton Lee Flanders Oelwein postmaster and Mary Jane Freeman Danbury secretary to the Iowa state democratic com mittee were among those contact ing Senator Guy M Gillette Several of these also contacted Senator Hickenlooper a republi can But in essence this was a democratic show Demos Get Reprieve on Vote Recount Moines democrats scored at least a temporary victory in the Iowa house of representa tives Thursday in connection with the contest over the Dickinson county seat in the lower assembly Numerous republicans joined with the 29member democratic minority to vote 6535 in favor of delaying until next Monday a de cision in the contest in which Roy J Smith Spirit Lake republican seeks to get the seat to which Rep Merwin Smith Milford dem ocrat was declared elected A special contest committee had recommended Wednesday that Roy J Smith be given the post The canvassing board had given Mer win Smith a 3vote margin of vic tory but the contest committee held that 5 uncounted ballots should be credited to Roy Smith Thursdays postponement came on motion of Rep Gene Poston DCorydon who is minority floor leader He said the contest com mittee may have erred in crediting Roy Smith with the absentee bal lots of a Mr and Mrs Walling He said the Waitings now live in To ledo Ohio and there is a question whether their Dickinson county ballots are legal company Fire Chief V A Kincade of the 4company Independence fire de partment said that spontaneous ombustion probably caused the olaze He said paints and oils were stored in the basement of that 3 story building Kincade estimated the loss ai about He said thai when the first company reached the scene flames already were shooting through the roof anc leaping a 15foot alley kickec along by a southeast breeze to buildings at the southeast corner of the square President Is Leader of Parade Thousands Cheer Truman in Ride to Reviewing Stand Washington resident Truman rode in glory to the white house Thursday at the head of a iproaring inaugural parade To the blare of martial music and the thunder of planes over lead the man from Missouri led he way down Pennsylvania ave nues mile of triumph from capi ol hill to the executive mansion between massed thousands of whooping spectators Rides With Barkley At his side rode Vice President Alben W Barkley And behind hem trailed a 7 mile procession of military and civilian marchers 40000 strong turned out in blue and gray in khaki and mufti to lonor a winner Trim cadets from West Point and Annapolis ribbonsplashed veterans of the Ardennes and Oki nawa cowgirls governors fancy civilian bands and just plain Americans stepped high and aandsome in the bright winter sunshine PresidentTruman and Barkley fresh from the swearingin cere mony on the steps of the capitol dropped out of the parade in tront of the white house There they mounted the official reviewing stand to take the salute of the marching throng RumblingTanks For about 2i hours the march ers passed in review The massed colors of the 48 states rumbling tanks of the 3rd armored cavalry regiment 50 gaudy floats contrib uted by states cities and organiza tions 38 bands and a mounted sheriffs posse Trumans own Missouri Mrs Truman and her daughter Margaret rode behind the presi dential party in a Jong limousine accompanied by Mrs Max Truitt Barkleys daughter President in Pledge for Peace Offensive from President Jackson county Is Only Holdover From FDR Days Washington UR Presiden Truman starts his new term Thursday with only one holdover from the cabinet he inherited in 1945 from the late Franklin D Roosevelt The holdover is James Forrestal whom Mr Truman elevated from secretary of navy the post he had under FDR to secretary of the new department of defense And of the cabinet posts Mr Truman has filled with his own men only 2 are still occupied by his original choices These Tru man originals are Attorney Gen eral Tom Clark and Secretary of Interior J A Krug Mr Truman replaced most of the members of the last Roosevelt cabinet within a few months after succeeding to the presiden cy on April 12 1945 Lawler Hit by Blaze 2 Stores Destroyed and 2 Badly Damaged believed to have been caused by an overheated oil burner destroyed 2 store buildings and damaged 2 others causing a loss estimated at Thurs day morning The fire started at 9 a m in the Harold Tank general merchandise store destroying the building and stock also the Charles Larson of fice building adjoining Badly damaged were the Robert Shekleton grocery store and stock and the Ray Wood tavern The New Hampton fire depart ment was called to the aid of the Lawler department to fight the blaze in a 5 below temperature and were still at work at noon putting a finishing touch to the last embers The Lawler bank staff served coffee to the fire fighters Tank carried no insurance The Shekleton grocery occupied the corner of the block preventing the flames from continuing farther Amnesia Victim Identifies Self Davenport JP An amnesia victim who had been in Mercy hospital here since last Sunday regained his memory and identi fied himself as Oswald Becker 38 Chicago father of 3 children He told police he never before had such an experience Becker telephoned his wife and arrangements have been made for him to return to Chicago Kuester Shane in Argument Over Road Committee Makeup Ackley Paper Reported Sold to Ft Dodge Man Iowa Falls Iowa Falls Citizen reported Thursday that the WorldJournal a weekly pub lished at Ackley has been sold to Ferman Christoffers of Fort Dodge Margaret Althouse daughter of the papers late owner George Althouse declined to comment on the reported transaction The Citizen said the sale price was not disclosed means no traHU death la Des Moines perked up in the Iowa legislature Thurs day and the spotlight was on the house where an argument between Speaker G T Kuester RGris wold and Rep Ted Sloane R Des Moines drew chief interest Before the 2 houses convened a group of 10 republican legisla tors reached agreement on chief provisions of a presidential pref erence primary law which they plan to sponsor In general they agreed on principals embodied in a bill introduced in the house Thursday by Rep Kingsley M Clarke Among 23 bills introduced in the house there also were measures to repeal the oleomargerine tax and to raise the governors salary from to a year Kuester Kuester brought up the road committee membership matter Sloane had been quoted in news accounts as objecting to the fact that the 45 members of the com mittee included none from 8 of Iowas most populous counties Sloane had said the larger coun ties should have more represen tation on the committee because the legislature has before it a 20 year highway program to cost close to 2 billion dollars I want to tell you Kuester said from his speakers stand that I will make honest mistakes If anything like this develops again I want the members to see me first instead of going to the news papers with it Oversight I inadvertently overlooked the larger counties in making the committee appointments in a hurry I want to assure you that it was unintentional and an over sight In order to have harmony I am going to ask you not to rush to the newspapers first with such mat ters Come to me first and go to the papers 2nd please Kuester then appointed Reps Sloane Robert P Munger R Sioux City and Leo P McEleney Aii 3 come from among the more populous coun ties As it was the only committee member from one of the larger counties was Rep Howard E Brookings in Pot tawattamie county Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy with rising temperatures Thursday night Intermittent light snow late Thursday night Low Thursday night about 12 Friday light snow and strong southerly winds High Friday about 25 Iowa Cloudy and not quite so cold Thursday night and Friday Light snow extreme south and west portions Friday Low Thursday night zero to 10 below north near zero south Minnesota Light snow with rising temperatures Thursday night and Friday Increasing easterly to southeast winds Thursday night and Friday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum 5 Minimum 5 below At 8 a m Thursday 2 below YEAR AGO Maximum 26 Minimum 10 below AP Wiiephoto PRESIDENT TRUMAN SWORN Justice Fred M Vinson administers the oath of office to President Harry Truman in Washington Thursday on the plat form in front of the capitol In the center holding Bibles is Charles E Cropley clerk of the U S supreme court AP Wircphoto TRUMAN KISSES INAUGURAL after taking the oath of office President Harry Truman at right bending kisses the inaugural Bible in Washington Thursday Others left to right Chief Justice Fred M Vinson Charles E Cropley clerk of su preme court and Vice President Alben Barkley who was sworn in just before Truman iiSSaSS 730000 See Truman Take Oath Washington e f o r e a hushed 130000 of his countrymen Harry S Truman Thursday swore to do the best he can as president of the United States so help me God Standing barelieaded on the or iiate wooden inaugural stand in front of the U S capito the fight ing little man from Independence Mo repeated after the black robed Chief Justice Fred M Vin son these solemn words from the constitution Takes Oath I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the president of the United States and will to the best of my ability preserve protect and defend the constitution of the United States Then in response to Vinsons so help you God the 32nd presi dent added at p m EST So help me God Then he bowed and kissed the book on which his left hand had rested as his right hand held high he took the oath as president for the next 4 years Shout Greeting A split second later the throng assembled in the 15000 seats in front of the stand and lining the walks and adjacent parkways roared out enthusiastic greetings to their chief executive Just 6 minutes before Mr Tru man was sworn Alben W Bark ley had taken from Justice Stan ley F Reed the oath as vice presi dent He too swore to do his faithful best so help me God AP Wircphoto ALONG INAUGURAL PARADE were popular footwarmers along the inauguration parade route This group took up its position on Constitution ave with the capitol in the background Sworn In for New Term in White House Proposes to Draw on American Resources to Help Democracies By JOHN M HIGHTOWER Washington JP President Truman Thursday pledged a global crusade for peace plenty and freedom in a blistering in augural speech denouncing the false philosophy of communism and war The chief executive keyed his address to the quickening strug gle between the democratic west and the communist east While he cautioned that Amer icas es o u r c p s are limited Mr Truman promised to draw deeply onthe inexhaust ible resources of this countrys technical knowhow to help free peoples everywhere Communism holds that war is inevitable Mr Truman told massed thousands in the capitol plaza immediately after taking his oath of office for a 4year term And even now he said it is en dangering attempts to keep world peace War Not Needed But he declared that as a result of American efforts hundreds of millions of people all over the world now agree with us that we need not have war These efforts must now be ex panded he said to include a gi gantic brand new program of foreign economic development aimed at wiping out misery hun ger and despair in backward areas all over the world Mr Truman listed that as one of 4 major courses of action to be stressed in coming years He also called for a security pact with western Europe which he hopes to send to the senate soon and he p r o m i s ed to strengthen noncommunist coun tries cooperating with American security plans by providing them U S military advice and equip ment Calls for New Front His proposed new program for improving conditions in the areas which might offer a breeding place fcr communism amounted to a call for a new front in the cold war In this endeavor the cooper ation of allied nations would be warmly welcomed the president said More than half the people of the world are living in conditions approaching misery Mr Truman declared Their food is inadequate They are victims of disease Their eco nomic life is primitive and stag nant Their poverty is a handicap and a threat both to them and to more prosperous areas To combat those conditions he proposed enlisting American capi tal investments and industrial any assistance which might come from other sources Help Free Peoples Our aim he said should to help the free peoples of the world through their own efforts to produce more food more cloth ing more materials for housing Says Chiang Will Leave on Sunday for Exile in Formosa Nanking high official source said Thursday that Gen eralissimo Chiang Kaishek will leave Nanking Sunday on Lhc first stage of a journey into exile at Formosa The official source said that some of the generalissimos en tourage including some of his personal bodyguards left Thurs day for Foochow where Chiang is expected to go first Chiang is drafting a farewell statement which will be released simultaneously with this source said The generalissimos decision to leave Nanking resulted it was said from his belief that the Chinese communists would not re spond favorably to a nationalist decision to seek a ceasefire and imiiicdiate peace negotiations un less he departed Communist leaders have named Chiang as a war criminal and have indicated that there could be no end of the 24 year civil war until he left the nationalist gov ernment FORMER SLAVE DIES Perry 13 days before she would have been 108 years old Mrs Martha Templeton died at the home of a daughter Tues day night She was a slave plow girl in her youth Farmer Legislators Get Bulletin Board DCS Moines state federal market news service set up a bulletin board in the state house Thursday to make the farmer members of the legisla ture at home away from home The board carries uptothe minute livestock receipts and prices at 8 major midwest mar kets and interior Iowa markets and more mechanical power to lighten their burdens We invite other countries to pool their tech nological resources in this under taking The Truman plan for world betterment constituted the only new point in the presidents 4 main courses of foreign policy ac tion Under the other 3 this na tion would 1 Continue unfaltering support to the United Nations and search for ways to strengthen it 2 Continue programs for world economic recovery first through the European recovery program 2nd by increasing world trade 3 Strengthen freedomloving nations against the dangers of ag gression Mr Truman flatly promised We will provide mili tary advice and equipment to free nations which will cooperate with us in the maintenance at peace and security Mother Throws Self Daughter to Death New York mother kissed her 5yearold daughter on a sub way platform gripped her by the hand and plunged both ot them to deathuhdef a train en tering the station Wednesday The victims were Mrs Mae Balisky 31 and daughter Vic toria The husband and father Ed ward Balisky a welder said later his wife had been unhappy oc casionally following an operation last year ;