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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 13, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME ABCHIUf THE NIWSPAKR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOU um fna Unltfcl Pro mil IMM Wlm Cwito MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JUNE 1947 HOME EDITION unnr This Paper Consists of Two NO HEAVY RAINS SWELL IOWA RIVERS 2000 Musicians to Play for Band Festival Tuesday 4f VA FUNDS CUT SAVINGS DRIVE Presidents Bureau Is Slashed in Bill for 33 Federal Agencies Washington house ap propriations committee trimmed from veterans admin istration funds Friday in approv ing an bill to fi nance 33 independent government agencies next year The total cut amounted to 540732 or 39 per cent below the amount President Truman asked This brought to approximately the claimed savings of house republicans in their drive to chop from Mr Trumans 1948 budget of J37 500000000 The veterans administration howeverwas pared only 18 pet cent in getting for its work during the 12 months be ginning July 1 Among major recipients covered by the bill are the office of the North Iowa Rail Service Hit by Flood Rainfall of 254 inches in the past 24 hours left the flood situa tion as far as Mason City is con cerned an unknown quantity as the morning of Friday the 13th dawned Train service was brought to a standstill on most of the railroads although the pic ture was changing constantly Bus service however was moving practically on time in all direc tions although travel was uncer tain president not atomic energy cut at all commission duced 30 per cent the civil serv ice commission cut less than one per cent the federal communica tion commission trimmed 17 per cent the federal power commis sion cut 12 per cent the federal trade commission reduced almost J the federal works agency cut 12 per cent and the interstate commerce commission trimmed 10 per cent Even the presidents own budget bureau was cut receiving less thaa the it had asked These are the major nanced by the bill and the effect the measure will have on them if the house and senate uphold the committees recommendations Atomic Energy Commission Cut from to 5175000000 but given the full contract authorization it request ed The committee said additional funds could be provided early next year if shown necessary Of the total approved was earmarked for research in cancer control Veterans Administration Given of the it had requested The amount granted was less than the VA has this year The committee said its cut would not impair veterans bene fits or require the reduction of even one penny in financial as sistance to eligible veterans and their dependents But it said there are disturbing weakness in the VA setup and an apparent lack of proper cen trSl controls of personnel and supples Construction costs were called out of line and the com mittee cautioned that VA must be put on a more efficient basis to avert another economy act such as slashed veterans benefits in 1933 Civil Service Commission Cut from the it requested with the explanation that the number of federal em ployes is expected to drop from 2100000 on June 30 of this year to 150000 a year later Federal Communications Com mission Given less than the it sought and denied for a special tele graph investigation Federal Works Agency Given of the it asked The committee cut 000 the gradecrossing program and from the federal aid postwar highway program National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics Given all but of the it asked including funds for developing guided missiles and planes of un precedented speed to keep the U S on top in aviation Philippine War Damage Com mission Budget cut from 000 to for paying war damage claims in the Philippines Maritime Commission Allowed which the committee said represented a budget cut of including slashes for reserve fleet maintenance new ship construction and reconversion of vessels War Assets Administration Cut from its request for with the number of regional and zone offices ordered reduced to cut down on highpaid personnel Office of the President These budget requests granted in for the presidents salary for white house salaries and expenses for the presidents emergency fund and for operation and upkeep of the executive mansion Mason City was still free from floods with the exception of one spot south of 6th street on S Jef ferson which has been a bad spot all spring according to City En gineer Waldo Wegner The Win nebago river was up about 2 feet higher on Thursday but no flood conditions were reported Water to the south and east of Mason City was the cause of late and delayed train service because of washouts A bad one about 20 miles east of Prairie du Chien de layed No 11 on the Milwaukee due info Mason City at a m It will arrive at p m No 3 due into Mason City at a m will arrive at 7 p m having been detoured around La Crosse Wis the No 18 the Marquette due out reof Mason City at noon Friday has been annulled for the day The M St L railroads also reported no trains running on Fri day From 5 to 10 feet of water was standing on the tracks at El dora and No 8 south from Mason City Thursday night was stopped there The meat train was stopped at Hampton and switched to the Chicago Great Western on its east bound run Water was reported in half dozen spots on the road and no service was expected until these spots are cleared up The Rock Island Lines service was reported changing momentar ily The northbound Rocket due in Mason City at p m Thurs day checked out of here at a m Friday after a circuitous route by way of Columbus Junction and West Liberty to avoid high water north of Des Moines From there on into Iowa Falls a track walker went ahead of the train Friday mornings Rock Island tram due in Mason City at a was expected to leave about a m but No 16 due in Ma son City at was expected to be not quite so late The water is reported receding at the present between Des Moines and Iowa Falls The Chicago North Western railway although continuing op erations north of Mason City was not operating between Mason City and Belle Plaine Friday Several washouts were reported on the road between Aredale and Belle Plaine Washouts also were re ported on the Tama line between Conrad and Tama Service may be tied up for several days unless the water recedes The Chicago Great Western trams were detouring at More land Thursday but no report had been received for Friday The highway commission was busy checking spots Friday throughout the district No 14 was blocked north of Allison and south of Parkersburg and the water was still rising No 3 east and west of Allison was blocked and No 3 also was blocked east of Waverly FAMOUS TWIRLERS Elman and Mary Evelyn Thurman national champion twirlers will add glamor and brilliance to the North Iowa band festival pro gram Tuesday Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Some clearing Friday night Saturday partly cloudy and warmer Low Friday night about 45 High Saturday 65 to 70 Iowa Clearing Friday night Sat urday generally fair with rising temperatures Low Friday night 43 to 48 High Saturday 68 to 72 Iowa 5day weather outlook The mean temperature will average near or slightly below the state seasonal normal or 69 degrees The normal maxima tempera ture is 83 degrees The normal minima is 61 degrees Warmer Saturday and Sunday cooler Monday and Tuesday warmer Wednesday Precipitation will average 1 to 2 inches occurrng as showers Sunday night and showers and thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday Minnesota Rain southeast por tion early Friday night clearing late Friday night Saturday gen erally fair and somewhat cooler IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Friday morning Maximum 4g Minimum 45 At 8 a m Friday 46 Precipitation 253 YEAR AGO Maximum 83 Minimum 55 ROUTE OF FESTIVAL map shows the route of the band festival parade Tuesday A shortened route is being tried this year as result of constant sug gestions from visiting bandsmen that the line of march has been too long Truman Happy to Be Home After Canada Trip Buffalo N Y ff President Truman happy to be home again returned to the United States Friday from what he de scribed as a grand visit in Can ada The president was fresh from an automobile tour of Niagara Falls where he remarked Im glad I dont have to go over them in a barrel He was greeted by the New York state democratic chairman Paul E Fitzpatrick upon arrival in Buffalo for a 30minute stop His decision apparently made on what he plans to do about leg islation to cut federal taxes by the president de clined to tell reporters whether he would veto it Monday the dead line for action 44 GIRLS ARE COMPETING FOR QUEEN HONORS Parade at 11am Will Start Days Activities Mass Concert at Night With the weatherman flashin the clear skies ahead signal Maso City is preparing for the larges and most colorful of North low band festivals Tuesday Fortyfour glamorous candidai for queen of the festival from North Iowa and southern Min nesota communities 2000 bands men and such headline attractions as the twirling Thurmans assur the thousands of visitors Tuesda of a tremendous performance As in other years the featur events will be the parade throug the business section at 11 a m music marching demonstration by a number of the 49 bane throughout the day and the gran Festival Events a and concerts in Central park a bands on Federal 11 a a r a d e of bands queens and floats p and concerts in Central nark 2 p u e e n candidates in Central park p finale with coronation of queen and massed band concert in Roose velt stadium See pages a 14 and 11 for de tailed program and other stor festival finale at the Roosevelt stadium in he evening where the queen o he festival will be named and nassed band concert given under he baton of the famous band master Doctor Frank Simon Special attraction of the even will be Karl Elman Thurman anc Mary Evelyn Thurman nationa champion twirlers who will ap pear in the morning parade anc ive an exhibition at the stadium inale They will also be in charge of a mass twirling demonstration by al he visiting twirlers which will be a part of the finale program A rehearsal for this event is to be held in the afternoon The days program will get un der way early as bands start ar iving from distances up to 200 miles from Mason City Band con erts in Central park will start at 30 a m followed by marching land demonstrations on Federal Seventeen floats provided by Mason City organizations will be a lart of the parade of rhythm and lulchritude at 11 a m The pa ade will enter Federal from 3rd E go south 6 blocks to 2nd S 5 and east to Delaware north to and east to Pennsylvania The queens will ride in open ars at the head of their bands in ie order in which they appear on he page of pictures inside this ewspaper Miss Marilyn Fowler Greene he 1946 queen will ride in the ueens throne float in the parade The football field will be opened the public at 6 and the per ormance will get under way at with the grand entry of bands ollowed by the twirlers and ma orets directed by the Thurmans nd then the queen candidates Seating for the festival finale is Iready in place with bleachers rovided from the Mason City chools the North Iowa fair and lear Lake The north west and outh sides will be lined with leachers available to the general ublic The stadium proper is re erved for visiting bands and eir chaperones Discovery of the Kimberley dia ond mines in 1870 was the be nning of South Africas emer ence from a purely pastoral and ricultural economy AP Wirephoto COPS COLLAR COOL Eddie Forbes is escorted into the Philadelphia police station by Patrolman Edward Mcllvaine after the youngster shed his play suit Thursday afternoon and took a long walk as the temperatures hit the 90degree mark Eddie ate several ice cream cones and took a nap before his father came to claim him Key Levees Hold as Crests of 2 Rivers Near St Louis Heavy Rains in Iowa and Nebraska Threaten to Swell Waters Again St Louis IP Crests of the iwollen Mississippi and Missour neared St Louis Friday easing flood conditions upstream ut heavy rains in Iowa and Ne braska gave threat of more dev astation in those areas Already flood losses in the val eys of the 2 great rivers ant heir tributaries approximate S26 100000 The estimate made by A Col Chester L Landaker o he V S engineers at Kansas City ncludes damage to crops farm ands buildings and railroads llore than 1000000 acres have aeen inundated As the crests approached the onfluence of the 2 streams 15 miles north of here key levees vere holding and the government weather bureau did not anticipate ny major damage in this area The army engineers office here eported levee failures south St Louis at Grand Tower 111 and te Genevieve Mo where the Mississippi was sweeping through Id breaks caused by the Hood of ast April The most critical point in the ississippi levee system still was he Sny levee across the river rom Hannibal Mo where 500 orkers have reinforced it with housands of sandbags in an cf ort to save 120000 acres North Hannibal the river was reced ng Meanwhile the weather bureau Kansas City issued a warning lowland residents of northwest Missouri and nearby sections of ansas Iowa and Nebraska after eavy rainfall sent the Missouri nd its tributaries on the rampage gain in those areas Flood waters swirled into an her residential section of Ash nd Nebr Friday morning but er the rest of the state the high aters were beginning to recede A dike protecting 12 Ashland Friday 13th Lucky for Painters No One Walks Under Ladders By UNITED PRESS This is Friday the 13th Caesar had his Ides of March The ordinary man has his Friday the 13th If he is superstitious he trembles and quakes through the day its a lucky day for painters on ladders They neednt worry about anybody kicking out the ladder People avoid it like the plague The best student of Friday the I3th cant agree on the origin of the superstition Most of them I agree 13 is considered unlucky by many because there were 13 in cluding Judas at the Last Supper just before Jesus was arrested hailed before Pilate and cruci fied H G Wells traces the jinx back to the new stone age when man beginning to count noticed the triangularity of the 3 of the squareness of the 4 and fact that some quantities could be divided so easily So 13 not so easily divided came to be looked upon as an in corrigible number Dislike of the number Wells says grew into fear and fear be came frozen into a superstition The Mohammedans say Adam was created on a Friday The day Friday has long been associated in the public mind with execution of criminals Most executions in the Georgia penitentiary are on Friday between the hours of 11 a m and 2 p m Motor vehicle tag divisions re port that some people return plates for exchange if they bear the number 13 or even numbers adding up to 13 However a few divisions have standing orders from motorists for the number They consider it their lucky num ber Most Pullman cars on railroads omit the berth number 13 How ever a line operating through At lanta said it had one car with a 13 berth going through Washington But then a lot of brave people go to or through crats and republicans homes on the east side of Sal creek was breached despite a sandbag defense thrown up Thurs day night Like residents on the other side of the river who were flooded out Thursday those on the east side had evacuated wel ahead of the dike break Meanwhile the swollen tribu taries were raising the level of the Missouri and at Rulo in south east Nebraska Big Muddy was inching toward a new record high a possibly serious flood IOWA CITY GIRL DIES IN CRASH Injured Fatally in Collision of Cars Iowa City ONeil 20 of Iowa City was injured fa tally about midnight Thursday night in an automobile collision in the residential section of Iowa City Miss ONeil was riding with 4 other persons in a car driven by ler fiance Robert Ruess 22 of West Liberty Ruess his sisters Cecelia and Dorothy Mae who ive in Iowa City and Benita tVilcox also of Iowa City all were injured Miss ONeil died from a fracture at the base of the skull while be ng taken to a hospital Coroner frank L Love reported Cecelia Ruess 24 suffered a iroken collarbone Dorothy Mae uess 20 suffered cuts and minor jruises and Miss Wilcox 20 ered a broken arm Ruess suf fered from shock The Ruess car collided with a axi cab which was unoccupied except for the driver Charles Wil iam Jacobs Jacobs was unin ured Both cars were damaged intensively SAME Black flag meant traffic death In past M hoar Derlod Approximately 14 million can homes have central heating lants OTTUMWA AND EDDYVILLE SEE FLOOD DANGER Raccoon River From Van Meter to Des Moines Reaching Historic High Des Moincs 2nd series of floods within a week swept southwestern and central Iowa Friday Streams also were leav ing their banks in northeastern Iowa There was some good news Fri day for those residents of flood harrassed sections of Iowa The weather bureau forecast generally fair weather with rising tempera tures Saturday after clearing skies Friday night No mention was made of more rain imcmdiately Some sections in the state havent seen the sun for several days but the forecast said Sat urday sunny at points including OUpmwa Along the floodravaged lower Des Moincs river citizens ot Ol tuimva Eddyville and other threatened points prepared for high waters which the weather bureau said would approach the record stages of last week within the next 2 or 3 days Ten carloads of sand are being rushed from Muscatine to Ottum wa by the Milwaukee railroad company for use in connection with the floods at Ottumwa The Raccoon river from Van Meter to Des Moines was having the worst flood in its history The crest of 218 feet at Van Meter was nearly 2 feet higher than the record stages of last week Railroad and highway traffic was at a standstill at many points due to high water and washouts Lowland areas near Atlantic Red Oak Shenandoah and other southwestern points were inun dated and Hamburg expected flood conditions exceeding those of a week ago Fiftythree persons were eva cuated from homes in the north end of Waterloo Friday as Virden creek went out of its banks ing the night in a flash flood Virden creek was going down Friday morning but City Engineer A B Cook said Black Hawk creek in the southwest part of Waterloo was still rising and hreatened more homes Waterloo had 4 inches of rain fall between 5 p m Thursday and 7 a m Friday morning and the Cedar river stood 3 feet above normal and was still rising For the 3rd time this spring the Iowa river is far out of its banks n the vicinity of Marshalltown and Linn creek in the south part of the city is also on a rampage flooding the citys industrial dis trict In the latter area the Lennox Furnace company was accessible only by walking down the Great Western railroad tracks and all employes were notified not to re port for work Police and volunteer workers were rescuing residents in the bot om lands along the river and Linn creek by boat but the work was lampered by a shortage of boats Ann creek was believed to have reached its crest at 3 a m But the river was still rising although jeorge C Jonsson the official vcather observer had to hunt for ield glasses to take his river read ng from the Third avenue bridge and the stage of the river was not mmedialely known Highway it blocked to the north by the river flood and to the outh by Linn creek and several ither streets within Marshalltown are impassable due to high water In Des Moines itself more than 00 persons had been evacuated rom lowlying homes Police ordered all residents out f lowland areas as the Des Moines iver along with the Raccoon vent on a rampage Police were spreading the word o residents of the flooded areas y every means possible and Des ifoines radio stations were lending heir facilities to broadcast tha rder A levee save way along the outh side of the Des Moines rivet t Southeast 16th street shortly eforc 10 a m sending flood wa ers of the Des Moincs pouring out outhward over a wide bottom rea Many families had left before ie levee broke Police sent out alls for all boats available and sked for volunteers to assist in manning rescue craft Waters of the Raccoon puno ured another levee at Southwest 6th street and water was moving hrough Otherwise the levee still as holding At Red Oak an estimated 100 to 50 families had been or were be ng moved out of their homes very available boat was being sed Families were waiting on oofs of houses in Griffithville Oak suburb The armory Legion hall Congrc ational church Elks lodge ffiij ;