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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 25, 1951, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THI NEWSPAPERTHAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION ramj VOL LVII Associated Press and United Press Full Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JANUARY 25 1951 This Paper Consists of Two No 92 Cosf of Living at Wew Peak as Freeze Ready Washington Marriner S Eccles Thursday urged a 44hour work week without overtime pay a general wage freeze and limited price controls as antiinflation measures Eccles a member of the federal reserve board and chair man until deposed by President Truman 3 years ago gave his ideas to the senatehouse economic committee at capitol hearings His testimony came while the economic stabiliza tion agency was reported work ing on general price and wage freeze orders expected to be is sued in the next 24 hours They American Fleet Bombards Inchon Chinese Inactive may come late Thursday but more probably some time Friday Eric Johnston stabilization ad ministrator went over the pro posed orders in an hours session with the cabinet level defense mobilization board His aides told reporters the group had approved them unanimously Adding pressure for swift gov ernment action was a rise in its cost of living index to a new peak Wellplaced officials predicted prices would be pegged at Jan 2 levels and paychecks at current wage with leeway for some workers to do considerably more bargaining The bureau of labor statistics reported that its cost of living in dex hit a peak on Dec 15 when it stood at 1784 per cent of the 193539 average The Dec 15 in dex was 16 per cent higher than that of Nov 15 Big Climb A climb of 65 per cent incon sumers prices occurred during 1950 up to midDecember all but 16 per cent of it after the be ginning of the Korean conflict Higher prices were reported for all the major groups of items which make up the budget of the moderate income family The rise Nov 15and Dec 15 was led by a 28 per cent advance in food prices That was the greatest move in the index in any one month since September 1947 Even before imposition of the projected pricewage controls Senator Flanders said the wage plans as outlined Wed nesday by Chairman Cyrus S Ching of ESAs wage stabilization board are not strict enough by any means Flanders called for just as much rigidity in controlling wages as is being planned with respect to control of prices The senator said he will seek the views of Marriner Eccles fed eral reserve board member and former chairman at Thursdays session of the senatehouse eco nomic committee Permit Bargaining Ching told the committee Wed nesday the policy now being draft ed would permit quite a bit of flexibility for collective bargain ing Some pay boosts he indi cated probably will be allowed on the basis of rises in living costs Ching did not amplify But there were hints in other quarters that workers who had not received a 10 per cent boost in the last year the wage settlement the steel be per mitted to bargain for up to that amount There reportedly also was some sentiment on Chings 9member wage board to permit at least one more round of escalator in creases based on the rise of liv ing costs for workers whose unions have won such contract clauses But this raised the question What about the millions of work ers who suffer from the same soaring grocery and meat bills but dont enjoy the protection of the escalator clause There remained a chance there fore that Chings announcement might be a strictly temporary freeze with the final formulation of policy to be sweated out later by the board Osage Man Named Conservation Head Des Moines JJVJoe Hopkins of Osage has been appointed district supervisor of conservation officers effective Feb 1 the Iowa state conservation commission said Thursday Hopkins a state conservation officer for Mitchell and Floyd counties since 1948will make his headquarters at Emmetsburg The commission also announced these changes1 Lester L Pike former district supervisor at Emmetsburg has oeen transferred to Cedar Rapids to fill a similar post The Black Hawk post has been temporarily assigned to Marvin Hansen lake patrolman for Clear Lake Thousands Die in European Flu Epidemic By ALVIN STEINKOPF London in Europe are sneezing and running tem peratures and some mostly the feeble and died in an influenza epidemic which appears to be reaching its peak in a number of countries The United Kingdom seems to be hardest hit by the highly in fectious disease which sweeps through communities with start ling suddenness laying low a large proportion of the popula tion In some continental countries notably Belgium Germany Den mark and illness ap pears to be waning But it is flar ing up in Czechoslovakia and Po land and is reaching epidemic proportions in Spain Schools Closed In many regions of Britain schools are closed theaters are emptyrand transportation and in dustry have faltered Health of ficials fear the disease may spread and that it may sweep into the populous southern half of Eng land which has unaccountably been relatively free of influenza The influenza belt in Britain extends from Tyneside on the northeast coast where the disease is believed to have made its entry from Norway to Merseyside on the west coast including the city of Liverpool Almost universally hospitals are overcrowded and doctors over worked Sufferers are being told to go to bed and cure themselves with remedies offered by drug stores Public Mild Form health officials every where are emphasizing that it has been a mild form of the disease despite so many cases Robust persons usually have a few days of aches and raging fever then recover British health officials have no exact information on the number of current cases Many never come to the attention of physicians But statistics on influenza deaths are more nearly complete In the week ending Jan 13 in the socalled 126 great towns of England and Wales including London and cov ering a population of 20000000 890 persons died of influenza For the previous week the total was 458 while in the week ending Dec 30 the figure was 102 About 85 per cent of those who died were over 55 years of age Hits Scandinavians Influenza is prevalent generally in Ireland waning in the south but still going strong in the north Almost 100 deaths have been re ported in Belfast during the past two weeks The Scandinavian lands where it is suspected the present wave originated have noticed signs of abatement the high point appar ently having been reached about Jan 15 During the 1st two weeks of this year 36075 cases were reported in Sweden Authorities said the fig ure represented only a small frac tion of the actual cases because physicians generally are not obliged to report influenza Denmark had only 1050 new cases last week compared with 5695 during the peak week in December Oliver Plant Help Returns Charles City at the Oliver plant here shut down since Monday in a piece rate dis pute returned to their jobs Thurs day morning George W Bird plant manager said Company officials were to meet with representatives of local 115 farm equipment workers council of the United Electrical Workers to discuss grievances blamed for the work stoppage Agriculture Official Plans to Resign Farm Near Kensett DCS Moines Im lau deputy secretary qf agricul ture said Thursday he plans to resign this spring to take up farm ing near Kensett No Liquor for 1 Year Judge Tells Coogan Beverly Hills Cal liq uor for one year the judge said in granting probation to onetime childactor Jackie Coogan 36 on misdemeanor drunk driving char ges Coogan who pleaded guilty in police court Wednesday was fined and ordered not to drive his car for 90 days except on business Coogan also must pay the damages to a parked car with which he collided Jan 18 AP Wirephoto GRANDMOTHER A 43yearold Cedar Rapids grandmother left Wednesday for Fort Sheridan 111 for duty with the WAC She is Sylvia T Hedges whose hus band James W Hedges is in Korea A son who is a World war II veteran is in the naval reserve In World war II Mrs Hedges served 4 years in both the Pacific and ETO She is a naturalized Czech Truman Says He Likes Bankers Wants Doctors Bock in Fold By W H MOBLEY Washington if President Truman says he likes one of them once floated a little slow paper for me But he would like to know how to get that doctor situation in hand so they would come back and be political friends of mine The presidents attitude toward the banking business and the medical profession came out Wednesday night in a brief ad dress he made in light vein at a banquet given by the Hamilton National bank of Washington The occasion was the retire ment of Joshua Evans vice pres ident and director of the bank after 56 years service in the business here My Banker Pokerfaced Mr Truman in sisted that the honor guest never could be anything but Mr Evans to me because hes my banker He told the audience of bank ers and businessmen it was Evans who handled the slow paper The only detail he gave was that Evans was kind to me when I needed was kind to a poor senator when he came to town Nearly all the presidents brief speech was wholly humorous in tone He told about almost becom ing a banker himself relating that he started in a bank at a month and finally rose to a tremendous sum in those days with responsibility for a million dollars a day in the cage And Im still out of jail he commented amid laughter Helped Politically A bit plaintively he said bank ers never would lend me money Decause I wasnt worth it but he added they have helpedme po jtically That led him into his remark about hoping to get doctors back on his side Without explanation of the com ment he addressed himself to Dr Walter A Bloedorn a director of the Hamilton bank and dean of at George Washington university The president obviously refer red to the sharp controversy be ween his administration and the American Medical association over the proposal for compulsory medical insurance Rolled Back Washington office of Drice stabilization Thursday rolled price of hides to the lighest levels of last November This was the 2nd price control order in the present emergency The 1st was a roll back of aulomo ile prices a month ago Price Control Director Michael V DiSalle issued Thursdays or der which is effective Jan 29 It rolls back the prices of do mestic cattlehides kids and calf skins to the highest prices charged for sales or deliveries during last November for the same type weight and grade DiSalles office said this would have the effect of rolling back prices 15 per cent or more The order is temporary until the agency can confer with industry jeople and issue a detailed sched ule of dollarsandcents ceiling jrices The November high price for ight native cowhides was 38 cents i pound compared with the latest available current price of 44 cents Packers heavy native steers which were selling at a November ligh of 34 cents a pound are cur rently being quoted at 391 to 40 cents Allison Man Drives Into Freight Dies Janssen 32 of Allison was killed at 6 p m Wednesday when a car he was driving ran into the 15th car of a southbound Rock Island freight train His body was found two miles southeast oi where he was hit and parts of the car were scat tered a mile and a half farther down the track Janssen who was single was alone in his car which was going south out of Clarksville when the accident occurred at the south edge of Clarksville The body was badly mangled There is a flasher signal system at the crossing which railroad officials said was operating at the time Mr Janssen was born in Allison Oct 13 1918 son of Mr and Mrs Enno Janssen He was a veteran of World war II and served 27 months part of the time overseas He was employed by the Harms Oil company at Allison Survivors include his father 5 brothers and 5 sisters Krtts Vanishes Without Trace FBI Reports Cedar Rapids UR Dapper Kenneth Kitts the elusive bandit has vanished without a definite trace anywhere the FBI said Thursday although authorities were besieged with reports that the escape car of the Omaha man had been seen The search for Kitts who es caped from the Linn county jail here while being held for the 000 robbery of a Laurens bank continued throughout the mid west At Des Moines detectives and FBI agents said Kitts may have used a stolen car found aban doned on a Des Moines street early Thursday They learned the car a black Hudson stolen a short distance from the Cedar Rapids jail Monday evening had been parked in Des Moines since late Monday night Time Right That they said would make the time element about right to square with the possibility that Kitts used the car and may have met accomplices in Des Moines Federal agents and South Da kota police spiked a report that a sedan in which Kitts was be lieved fleeing west had been seen at Mitchell S Dak Wednesday night Police said a mixup in li cense numbers caused officers to broadcast an alarm It was can celed when the car was cleared But Linn County Sheriff Jim Smith described as well founded a report that the owner of a high way lunchroom 19 mileswest of Cedar Rapids had told authorities a man he believed to be Kitts stopped at his place for coffee about 3 a m Tuesday Nothing Definite In Omaha the FBI said this and other reports are being checked but we have nothing definite yet We have nothing to add except that Kitts has just vanished Meanwhile at Omaha officers now were certain of one thing that Kitts pretty blond wife was not traveling with him Mrs Kitts turned up Wednesday at a hearing for John Quinn of Coun cil Bluffs a cafe operator ac cused of helping a federal pris oner presumably Kitts to escape ital of Seoul A few Korean reds were Only Enemy Contact Is Minor Red Patrol Action By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS American Heavy Cruiser St Paul and two destroyers Thursday bombarded redheld Inchon port city for Seoul The only other details made public by a U S navy spokes man in Tokyo Thursday were that dock and harbor facilities were the targets of the 8inch and 5inch guns The allies abandoned Inchon the night of Jan 4 Elsewhere in the west action reports were lacking but in central Korea a redhunting armored patrol late Thursday re entered Hoengsong They found the snowy town devoid of reds Withdrawal There was mounting speculation that the Chinese reds had quietly pulled out on the central and western sectors UN patrols elsewhere on the front encountered only a rela tively few red Koreans It was the 2nd straight day Hoengsong was entered by a UN patrol AP Correspondent Tom Stone reported the reds had fled Hoengsong is 10 miles north of Wonju and 3 miles south of parallel 38 There was no enemy contact Wednesday night except for a minor patrol clash near Yoju 40 miles southeast of the abandoned South Korean Asian Bloc Presses for Peace Talk By MAX HARRELSON Lake Success ff Twelve Asia and Arab countries Thursday prepared to press their new Ko rean peace formula apparently with Peipings blessing but west ern diplomats said the move was doomed The plan calls for an immedi ate 7power conference on far eastern problems without men tioning a ceasefire in Korea Authoritative sources said the AsianArab bloc got a goahead signal from Peiping before it sub mitted the resolution to the UN political committee Wednesday These sources said this word came from the Indian ambassador in Peiping who expressed the be lief in a message to Indias Sir Senegal N Rau that such a pro posal would be welcomed by the Chinese communists The AsianArab plan in fact conforms closely to the demands that Peiping has made from the a conference on far eastern problems be called without waiting for a ceasefire in Korea This has been bitterly op posed by the United States and many other countries The new Peiping message was received by Rau Wednesday after noon but Indian sources insisted that it contained only the per sonal impressions of the Indian ambassador and therefore would not be made public The Indians did say however that the message indicated the Chinese communists would be willing to hold the proposed con ference outside China perhaps in New Delhi They previously had demanded that any such meeting be held in China encountered in the same general area north of Kumyangjang and Ichon U S intelligence officers said the apparent absence of red troops in force south of the Han river which twists around Seoul may mean the Chinese have made a largescale withdrawal to the north Use North Koreans There was speculation that the Chinese are awaiting political de velopments in the UN Mean while using red Koreans to patrol the nomans land into which UN patrols have been poking al week But allied air power gave the reds no rest far behind the lines War planes plastered military targets throughout North Korea The town of Chunchon was wrecked More Russiantype planes were thrown into the air war with Yak night fighters attacking Ameri can B26s on night intruder mis sions Wednesday night It was one of their few appearances in the Korean war No damage was caused by the enemy planes Strong Patrol A strong allied patrol powered its way through slight enemy op position to retake the town of Hoengsong 10 miles north of rubbled Wonju and 33 miles south of the 38th parallel but withdrew a little afterwards American planes made a heavy air attack on the town Thursday indicating the reds had reoccu pied former positions Strongest communists forces in the Hoeng song area at last reports were North Korean reds AP Correspondent William J Waugh at 8th army headquarters reported 3000 North Koreans and Chinese 11 miles northwest of Yoju He said these troops were digging in evidently for a fight Air Strikes Air observers reported seeing civilians digging entrenchments on a hill 3 miles south of Kumyang jang Air strikes disrupted their work One allied patrol took high ground northeast of Yongwol tungsten mining town 14 miles east of Chechon on the central eastern front Yongwol was retak en Wednesday by UN forces likely U S 7th division troops who have been previously identified in that area Scattered enemy guerrilla forces were reported by agents and pa trols throughout the area south of Chechon Tanyong and Yongwol The infiltrators apparently are try ing to disrupt allied supply lines there Drop Pamphlets In line with the speculation the Chinese had withdrawn U S air men during the day dropped leaflets over the red lines bearing a cartoon advising the North Ko reans that the Chinese were using them for the heavy winter fight ing while they stayed behind in the comparative safety and warmth of back area cities The pamphlet said The Chinese are always talking about fighting beside you but ac ually you and your comrades are doing the heavy fighting while most of the Chinese take things easy in cities far behind the lines You are the ones facing sub zero temperatures and deep snow not the Chinese Why should you be the ones to suffer from frost bite 75 LOBBYISTS REGISTER DCS Moines now are 75 lobbyists registered with the Iowa house of representatives a check of the record showed Thursday Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy Thursday night and Friday with light snow Low Thursday night 5 to 10 above High Friday about 15 Iowa Continued cold with occa sional light snow Thursday night and Friday Low Thurs day night 5 above to 5 below north zero to 10 above south Northerly winds 15 M P H Friday Further outlook Fav orable conditions for present cold to continue over the week end Changeable sky conditions with occasional periods of light dry snow Temperatures Satur day will range from morning lows of zero to 6 above and aft ernoon highs of 10 to 14 Minnesota Continued cold with an occasional snow flurry Thurs day night and Friday Light drifting snow Friday Low Thursday night 1020 below north zero to 10 below south High Friday zero to 5 above north 510 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Maximum 10 Minimum G At 8 a m 6 Precipitation Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 33 Minimum 0 NORTH KOREA AP Wirephoto WHERE ALLIES BOMB REDS symbols show where allied power bombed military targets throughout North Korea Thursday Ground action was limited to pa trgl activity inYoju and Yongwol areas U S intelligence officers said the apparent absence of the red tripps in the battle area may mean the Chinese have made liagescale withdrawals to the north If We Just Stand Still Enemy Loses Officer Says By HARRY FERGUSON United Press Foreign News Editor A UN officer in Korea asked to sum up the current military situation put it this way If we just stand still the enemy is los ing At the moment the UN forces actually have the initiative in the sense that their patrols push any where from 5 to 20 miles beyond the defense line that Lt Gen Matthew Ridgway has thrown across Korea And if you in clude the U S air force the UN has the initiative in a bigger sense Offensive Air War U P War Correspondent Peter Kalischer cables from 8th army headquarters While the main allied defense lines have not changed in two weeks the UN actually is waging an offensive by air All around the clock fighters and bombers take an astonishing toll of enemy casualties destroy enemy shelter and play havoc on his supply lines The time is approaching when the communists either will have to launch a major attack or do something to escape the hammer ing from the clouds that their for ward supply lines are taking Between the UN defense line and the Manchurian border there are between 350000 and 400000 communist troops Behind the UN lines Kalischer estimates there arc between 20000 and 30 000 communist guerrillas Some of them are North Korean units which were bypassed by the al lied forces when they broke out of the Pusan beach head last au tumn Guerrillas Some of the guerrilas have slipped as far as 70 miles behind the UN lines by cutting through the snowcovered Soback moun tains in eastcentral Korea But so far they have been nothing more than an irritant to the UN army Occasionally they blow up a train ambush a stray convoy or oot an isolated village Most of heir time is devoted to survrv ng They are hunted by UN planes and antiguerrilla patrols jy day They are forced to live off the country and they find it ihin pickings in the dead of a Korean winter It is no secret what Gen Doug las MacArthur is trying to force he enemy to do He explained it his week in an interview with J P Correspondent Earnest Ho berccht He hopes the communists will get their supply lines strung out so far and so thin that the front line troops will have trouble getting food and ammunition It was exactly that situation which made the landing at Inchon such a success MacArthur severed tha red lifeline and the North Korean army bled to death Would Lower Qualifications for Induction Washington Sec retary of Defense Anna Rosenberg disclosed Thursday the defense de partment is going to lower its physical and mental qualifications for military service as far as curity will permit She made the disclosure to the house armed services committee which is currently hearing warm arguments for and against the proposal to draft 18yearolds Later Mrs Rosenberg told re porters that the 799000 men who have been rejected by the draft for mental and physical reasons will be reappraised Mrs Rosenberg estimated thai under the planned lowering of standards the armed forces could take in about 150000 limited serv ice men She told the committee how ever that if standards are lower ed appreciably it would be wise for congress to consider new pen sion liability She indicated the defense de partment would like to know the lawmakers attitude before it went very far DIES OF INJURIES Leon Gladys A Bol gpr 48 of Austin Texas died Wednesday of injuries suffered in an auto accident or highway 2 near LebnOn Jan 20 when the Bellinger car skidded over an embankment SAME flag tneniui no to U ;