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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 9, 1947, Mason City, Iowa ARCHIVES I A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHIORS VOL LIU AnoctottJ Pwu ud Unltrt Full Loajtd Fivi Ccnti i Copy One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE JCGLO CUT infer f at WTAD Qulaey III MM p m W01 Tintar a n WSUl Ciljr Thundiy f in Reporters Meet Some Interesting People II7HEN PRINTERS INK gets into your the say ing isnt much you can do about it other than be come a newspaper man or woman This isnt literally true of course but its close enough to serve as the theme of this visit with you More than once in confidential chats with brothers of my pro fession fellow reporters Ive heard this state ment Id rather starve serving on the editorial staff of a newspape than prosper in some other kin of life work A ND IM not sure that isnt tru in my own case For me th field in which Ive labored sine I was a freshman in high schoc has held a fascination tha amounts almost to a hypnot power Each new day has seemed carry the promise of some n and exciting adventure that didnt want to miss In this think Im typical of those wh labor in the newspaper field Very possibly this is true c other professions and crafts suspect it is But t wouldn know And thats why in thi visit Im going to confine mysel to the area in which my experi ence lies TlffY ANALYSIS of this appea of newspaper work on th reportorial side at least leads m to the conclusion that the in teresting people you meet is th principal ingredient of the journ alistic zest And the significant fact with MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JUNE S 1947 This Paper Consist of Two One OTTUMWA FLOOD DEATH TOLL 7 respect to this is that this contac with interesting people is every bit as much a commonplace to the cub reporter as it for the city editor or the managing editor In my own case for example once stumbled into an interview with William Jennings Bryan when as a police reporter on ths Milwaukee Journal I just hap pened to be down at the railroac station when he stepped off train I knew him by his politi cians hat and his unshorn locks Maybe it was my obvious youth fulness that put him on his guard but I recall that he insisted on writing his answers to my ques tions He didnt want to take any chances of being misquoted This experience which came to me as a cub reporter is still a highlight as I look back over my journalistic past ANOTHER interesting character vivid in my memory was a young man who dropped in on me one Sunday night as I sat alone at my desk knocking out the next days consignment of editorials I looked up from my typewriter and couldnt believe what I saw This young man Richard Wad low by name was towering over me And towering is the word He was 8 feet 2 inches tall prob ably the biggest human who ever lived With him was his father a scant 5 feet 9 and lean of build After telephoning our photog rapher I joined the father and son for a walk to their hotel Dur ing the evening this elephantine lad told me some of the problems his freakish physique had en beds and chairs that would support him planning a normal social life and so on AT THE TIME the young lad was a student in the junior college at his home town Alton 111 For a time he had playec center on the basketball team His assignment was to stanc alongside the basket and drop the ball through the net But ven this slight exertion was too much for his heart The only business opportunity left for him was to enter the show busi a freak This he did Not long after our evening to gether my newspaper carried a story of his death Pumping blood to so huge a body was too great a strain on his heart LIKE many another reporter my path and that of the fa mous gatecrasher OneEyed Connally have crossed on several occasions But it was my first meeting with him that I remem ber best This was HOUSE BUDGET BODY SLASHES US AGENCIES Recommends Enough Funds to End Housing Expediter by June 1948 Washington a blunt reminder that the treasury is not a bottomless pit the house ap propriations committee Monday whacked off 28 per cent of the unds requested for half a dozen government ordered one to give to the treasury The committee voted S360975W in new appropriations for the agencies in the fiscal year begin ning July 1 or 514039920 less than requested by President Tru man In again swinging its economy ax at government spending the committee charged that many of the agencies were overloaded with highlypaid employes and directed a cut of 26 per cent in administra tive expenses Administrative expenses which come from agency revenues and not appropriations would be re duced from to 700 But the committee warned by resigning Assistant Secretary of State Spruille Braden that com munists are a greater peril to democracy in Latin America than even the nazis were granted the full requested for 2 U 5 FanAmerican programs The 2 agencies which escaped unscathed from the freeswinging at Houston Texas where I had gone to cover a na tional party convention We visited in the lobby of the hotel where 1 was staying He told me the story of how he entered upon his strange the gates of nationally publicized sports and political events It all started back In his boy hood home in Massachusetts where he swiped some flowers off a grave In the community ceme tery and entered them in the county fair flower show As an exhibitor he was entitled to a pass As we visited Westbrook Peg CONTINUED ON PAGE ZI economy scythe were the institute 0r LatinAmerican affairs and the interAmerican Education Foun dation Inc The committee said information supplied by the reconstruction inance corp indicated that the war damage corp had o its credit in income in excess of expenses It ordered the money re urned to the treasury The War Damage Corp has ompleted the purpose for which t was created and is no longer n the business of insuring against oss from war damage the com mittee said At the same time it 1 Directed the Tennessee Val ey authority to repay to the treas ry over a 40year period the 348239240 provided by the gov rnrnent for creation of TVA pow er facilities 2 Reported that the office of ousing expediter had failed to xpedite residential housing con truction and recommended only nough funds to liquidate that of ce by June 30 1948 3 Charged that federal public ousing authority accounts were an inexcusably bad situa on But it said it was not the ault of the present administra or Dillon S Myer and that cor ective steps were being taken 4 Provided no funds for the FC pending outcome of legisla on to determine whether the FC will be extended beyond its resent June 30 expiration date 5 Criticized the exportimport ank for making loans to foreign untries to terminate lendlease greements and authorizing edits to provide dollar exchange foreign countries for immediate reconstruction of war damages In the reduction recommended for administrative expenses sharpest limitations were placed on the federal hous ing administration and federal public housing authority Moslem Grouf Votes for Indian Nation New Delhi Moslen league voted Monday night make Moslem India a new natio during a tumultuous session which police turned tear gas o opponents of the league wh broke into the meeting The league council voted almos unanimously to accept the inde pendence plan under which Mos lem areas will be permitted to establish an independent state o Pakistan after a preliminary pe riod as a British dominion Within 5 minutes after the vote 4 Khaksars from a band of Mos lems opposed the Moslem leagu which M A Jinnah heads brok into the session in the Imperia hotel Minutes later after police broki up the melee a wounded man wa hauled screaming from the as sembly hall Several league guardsmen whi acted as traffic patrolmen were cut and wounded One said he was stabbed in the face by a Khaksar one of a group who had noisily demonstrated in front of the hole during the meeting in opposition to acceptance of Pakistan Guardsmen surrounded Jinnah and said the knifewielding Khak sar had not harmed him The allIndia congress party largely Hindu is expected to ap prove Saturday the British inde pendence plan setting up Hindu majorily areas as a separate state of Hindustan PICK ARMOUR FOR BRADENSPOST Truman Nominates New State Secretary Aide Washington resident Truman caDed Norman Armour veteran career diplomat from re tirement Monday to become an assistant secretary of state with broad authority over political af fairs throughout the world Technically Armour succeeds Spruille Braden who dealt with Latin American affairs But state department officials told reporters Secretary Marshall plans to put Armour in charge of adminitser ing U S political relations every where ranking immediately after the secretary of state and Robert A Lovett who becomes undersec retary July 1 Marshall would thus unify in one post the job filled by Braden and the assistant secretaryship formerly held by James C Dunn the ambassador to Italy who di rected European Far Eastern Near Eastern and African affairs The committee cut the FHA budget estimate from to and the FPHA from to 510400000 2 Britons Kidnaped by Jewish Underground Jerusalem Britihs police sergeant and a British police con stable were kidnaped from a swimming pool at Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv Monday night by 12 armed Jews it was officially con firmed The 12 entered the pool and ordered the policemen to come with us One resisted and was struck on the dead A woman was injured by a small bomb into the water Authorities associated the kid naping with Jerusalem trial of 5 members of the underground or ganization Irgun Zvai Leumi May 4 It was recalled that Irgun had threatened reprisals when danger of death sentences against our soldiers is in sight OTTUMWA STREETS COLLAPSEBroken pavement and a wrecked automobilTwere left Monday after flood waters had receded from Church street in Ottumwa FRED COOPER ELDORA DIES Eldora N Cooper 50 uperintendent of the state train ng school lor boys since Septem er 1945 died Sunday of a hear ttack Cooper was appointed to heac ie institution when conditions a ic school were very unsettled fol owing the mass riot and run ways Aug 29 1945 During the time he was super ntendent there Cooper startec everal new plans He inauguratec FRED N COOPER France Threatened by Strike of Public Utility Employes Paris by a nationwide railroad strike France was threatened Monday by another serious labor situation as public utility workers walked off the job in several plants near the capital Gas and electricity plant workers struck at St Etienne and Mont lucon and some of the Paris suburbs were expected to be without gas Monday afternoon The workers acted several hours before the government was to inform their unlon of what concessions it was willing to grant Premier Paul Kamadier suc ceeded in averting a threatened nationwide 24hour utility plant strike 10 days ago by ordering requisition of the workers Agree ment was reached for an arbitra GrunebaumBallin to work out an accord The deadline was Sunday midnight GrunebaumBallin was expected o report to the union leaders Monday afternoon As in the rail strike impatient workers struck irematurely and it remained to e seen whether Ramadier would eact in identical end further negotiations until he strike ended Whispers of a strike on the Paris metro subway also were heard Such a stoppage in con junction with the rail strike would paralyze the capital A metro official said Monday that no decision had been made for a strike but that the subway union workers possibly would take a definite stand before Friday A 24hour token strike for higher wages has been called for that day by the public service federation of which the subway workers union is a part last month formed a new cabinet without other socialists have accused the communist party of trying to exert pressure on French foreign policy through domination of labor e contest method among the ttages to cut dawn on the num er of runaways and the orienta on cottage for new boys He en uraged the boys to dress for imer and emphasized athletics at the school The board of control in Des Moines said Edward K Duffy had been placed incharge of the insti tution for the present Duffy had been assistant superintendent The board will be responsible for appointment of a successor to Cooper Before coming to Eldora Cooper had been athletic director and as sistant principal at the Fort Dodge j Iowa high school Report Communist Effort to Buy U SHungarian Oil Firm Russians Rebuff Try by Americans to Get Documents on Coup Budapest fP Americans i Budapest reported Monday a com munist effort to buy out the Amei icandeveloped Hungarian Amer ican Oil company Maori and th Russians rebuffed United Stall effort to oblain documents used t support the communist govern mental coup here Lt Gen V P Svlridov Rus sian chairman of the allied con trol commission told the Amei can milltuy mission that the AC Bad noUllng to dp with the docu mcnts and he therefore cou not produce them The Russian turned down a similar request las week from the British The Soviets said the documen from Bela Kovac arrested by the cated the ousted premier Feren Nagy in a plot against the re iublic Sviridov told U S Brig Gen George H Weems all inform ation was in the hands of nquiry commission o the Rus iian occupation forces An American who reported th ffort to buy out the oil conipan aid the communists earlier hai ihretened to banish the concern1 American executives from Hun ary The informant said the com nunists were considering national ration of the countrys oil s they contemplate nationaliza ion of banks and vere faced with the fact that Rus ia gets half the Hungarian royal ies of Maort Russia obtained hal tf the Hungarian royalties las ear in negotiations which set up RussianHungarian oil compan ailed Maszovol The informant and leading lungarian political observers ad ised of developments agreed i vould be only a matter of tiim efore the new communistdomin ted Hungarian regime rushed ntp office with the resignation o rime Minister Ferenc rould take some action on Maort he company was developed and s principally owned by Standarc Oil Co of New Jersey Iowa Man Drowns in Bayou Near Braddyvillc Braddyville Jetty Mc Clure 21 drowned Sunday while he and several boys were swim ming in a bayou of the Nodaway river The body was recovered several hours later McClure was a son of Virgil McClure The body was found by Abe Greenway Jr of Clarinda Monona Man Dies From Car Accident Injuries Posiville Blietz 29 of Monona died at a hospital here Monday as a result of injuries suf fered in an auto collision Sunday SAME filack traffic death in pait 4 hour period Iowa Farm Hand Has Broken Neck for Week Before He Found Out Marshalltown Mason a farm hand knew Monday that he had a broken neck but it took him nearly a week to find it out Mason was injured early last week when a cattle truck over turned but he thought so little of his injury that he continued work ing Late in the week his neck began to hurt and he came to a hospital here where Xrays showed Sun day that his neck was broken Iowa Youth Drowns at Cedar Falls When Canoe Upsets in River Cedar Falls fi Roger Free man 19 former service man and spring graduate of West high in Waterloo drowned Sunday when his canoe upset in the Cedar riv er He was the son of Mrs Verena Freeman Freemans companion Berdie rluefaner of Waterloo clung to he side of the canoe and was res cued Others in the party in other canoes were unable to save Free man Striking Briggs Plant Workers Vote to Return Detroit 2 000 Briggs Manufacturing com pany workers who left their jobs in the Corner Avenue plant Mon day morning voted later to re turn to their jobs Tuesday after CIO United Auto Workers of ficials declared the walkout un authorized The UAWCIO has threatened a strike against 7 Briggs plants in a wage dispute following a break down in negotiations last Satur day Meanwhile 2 departments of the Ford Motor company plant at nearby River Rouge were closec Monday noon as a result of wha D F Harder vice president in charge of manufacturing termed a slow down and sabotage of equip ment There was no comment from UAWCIO local 600 of which theworkers are members Weatker Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy Mon day night and Tuesday Showers and thunderstorms Monday night Cooler Tuesday Low Monday night 6065 High Tues day 82 Iowa Mostly cloudy Monday night and Tuesday Scattered showers and thunderstorms over state Monday night and con tinuing in east portion early Tuesday forenoon Cooler Tues day and in northwest Monday night Low Monday night 55 northwest to 66 southeast High Tuesday 72 northwest to 84 southeast Minnesota Mostly cloudy with occasional showers Monday night Clearing Tuesday after noon or night Cooler Monday night and Tuesday except little change near Lake Superior IN MASON CITY lobe Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum 74 Minimum 63 At 8 a m Monday 72 Precipitation Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 76 Minimum 49 GlobeGazette weather statis ts for 24 hour period ending at oclock Sunday morning Maximum 76 Minimum 53 At 8 a m Sunday 54 Precipitation 61 Maximum Sunday 74 EAR AGO Maximum 89 Minimum 53 Mississippi River Routs Farm Families By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The American Red Cross esti mated more than 12000 persons in a 4 state area were driven from their homes by floods on the Mis sissippi and its tributaries Mon day as the death toll from the weekend floods and tornadoes reached at least 23 The agencies mldwestern area office in St Louis reported that an estimated 2962 families were homeless in Iowa Missouri Illi nois and Nebraska as damage to crops and city property was esti mated in the millions of dollars At Hannibal Mo the Red Cross said 400 families were af fected and 350 families were still homeless in 6 Illinois counties in the Quincy area The Mississippi swollen by high water from Des Moines rolled on over thousands of acres of Illinois and Missouri farm lands after breaking 6 levees and flood ing the village of Alexandria Mo and forcing more than 1000 fam ilies to evacuate their lowland farm homes between Warsaw 111 and Hannibal Mo Sunday Mayor Merl Hamill of Alexan dria said the stream appeared to have crested there with 6 inches of water in the main street About 600 families were driven from their homes The river reached a record stage of 236 feet at Quincy III hut that city situated on a bluff es caped damage Across the river the lower part of the downtown section of Hannibal Mo w a s flooded All rail traffic between St Louis and Burlington Iowa has been hailed and highways along the river closed in flood areas A canyon flash flood drowned one person at The Dalles Ore and left more than 100 families homeless Red Cross workers said at least 50 persons saved them selves from drowning by clinging to floating debris as the flood following a hail and rain storm caused damage to orchards esti mated at more than A 15block area of Sharon Pa was leveled and 5 persons were killed by a tornado which ripped into western Pennsylvania late Saturday from Ohio Red Cross officials estimated the lorm damage in Sharon at 000 The same twister hit Warren Savenna Deforrest Youngstown and Niles Ohio and Farrell rove City and Mercer Pa About 100 rural residents were left homeless at Warren Canton Ohio reported 2 deaths from floods Gregory S Dak one and Bethany Mo one HUNDREDS ARE INNOCULATEDIN TYPHOID GUARD High Waters Recede as River Drops 4 Feet Search On for Bodies Ottumwa task of re construction was launched day by this flooddevastated eft and typhoid innoculations being administered on wholesale scale to guard against disease The death toll still stood at 7 but Ilcrschcl Loveless director rescue operations said he bellevi it was incomplete Loveless said his office had re ceived between 25 and 30 of missing persons from the floAJ area He also said that flood damV age might possibly run as high as in Ottumwa alone In Des Moincs Meteorologist S E Decker officially described the Des Moines river flood as thfi worst in the weather bureaus re corded history that stream For a time the death list was at 8 but Police Chief Charles Kapp said the recovery of the body an unidentified man which had been reported to him turned out to be in error The body recovered was that of Mrs Charles Sauders 68 whose death by drowning had been an nounced Saturday The Red Cross and state health department working with local medical personnel already had in noculaled hundreds of persons and serum was on hand for 21000 ty phoid shots The river meanwhile had dropped to 1633 feet Monday morning This was more than 4 feet below the Saturday crest The DUMONTPHONE OPERATOR DIES Miss Peterson Burned as Gas Stove Explodes Dumont Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 clock for Miss Lottie Peterson ocal telephone operator who died Sunday morning in a Hampton lospital of burns suffered when a asoline stove exploded Miss Peterson was refueling the love in a small shed adjoining her kitchen when the explosion oc curred She and her nephew Clark Sidmore 13 had to dash through the flames to escape His parents Mr and Mrs Verne Sidmore Bris tow who were visiting Miss Peter son summoned help to put out the fire The boys condition was de scribed by hospital attendants as good The services will be held at Bethany EvangelicalUnited Brethren church and burial will be in the Dumont cemetery Miss Peterson is survived by a sister Lulu and brother J W Peterson Dumont and her niece Mrs Sidmore In the symbolism of heraldry the color of patience and sacrifice JS Hopes to End Individual Rationing of Sugar by June 30 Washington government hopes to end sugar rationing ir individual consumers no later than June 30 authoritative sources sclosed Monday Whether it can be done is still far from certain The fate of the artime ration controls rests ese 3 factors 1 Additional supplies the Unil 1 Stales may expect from Cuba le international emergency food uncil meets this week to make e allocations in the world pool 2 Whether the end of rationing ould bring too great an upsurge demand If consumers increase urchases only slightly above ra on levels officialsbelieve con trols can be abandoned safely 3 Whether the threatened mari time strike materializes A pro longed interruption in shipping from the Caribbean would en danger stockpiles Under the sugar control exten sion act rationing can continue until Oct 31 but Secretary of Ag riculture Clinton P Anderson can end it before then River Conditions Des Moines weather bureau Monday issued the fol lowing river bulletin The Des Moines and Raccoon rivers will continue to fall until further rains occur The stage at Ottumwa Mon day morning was 1633 a fall of 2 feet since Sunday The stage at Kcosauqua was 213 and the river was falling The Iowa river crested at Wa pello at 163 at 6 p m Sunday The stage there Monday morn ing was 162 There will be a slight rise at Wapcllo during the next 24 hours to a few tenths higher than Mondays stage The Mississippi stage at Kco kuk Monday morning was 196 The crest was 202 at 2 p m Sunday business district and many homes were clear of water Monday and rehabilitation work proceeded apace After a navy rescue crew Mon day night had completed a house byhouse search of the citys homes flooded by the Des Moines river Friday and Saturday Love less said he expected to find some bodies downstream but added that he had no idea how many The searching crew found no bodies in the homes Approximately a third of the citys 32000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes Many of them returning Monday found their houses twisted off the found ations or porches washed away The receding water left mud several feet deep in some houses and business establishments Washouts under streets and side walks made the work of cleaning up a hazardous operation In some places whole blocks of sidewalks were carried away About 15 feet of paving in one of the citys main streets crumpled Evacuated residents Sunday welcomed 3 truckloads of fresh bread Their only drinking water also was being trucked fromothcr communities H A Brown city water superintendent said it might be 2 weeks before water from the mains would be safe to drink A total of 3500 telephones re mained silenced in Ottumwa Mon day and Northwestern Bell offi cials said further recession of the water would be necessary before many of them could be restored Flood conditions still existed in at least 4 other Iowa nrcas but at no point was the situation critical The Mississippi was falling at Kcokuk after cresting at 202 feet Sunday highest point since 1944 At Wapello the Iowa river which had broken through a levee below there Saturday was down slightly Monday after crest ing at 163 feet Saturday The weather bureau said it would rise slightly agair during the next 24 hours however Highway fi re mained barricaded near Coral ville just west of Iowa City ;