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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 2, 1948, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THI NIWSPAPIR THAT HOME COITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL UV Associated Unitt1 Preu Full Leased Five Cents Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MARCH 2 1948 Ibis Paper Conairtj of Two Sectlotu Section OM US SOVIET PACT WINS FINNS SUPPORT WW HIGHWAYS ARECLOGGEDBY DRIFTING SNOW Road in Mason City Vicinity Alright But Slippery in Places Heavy snowfall cl rifled by strong winds up to 25 miles an hour continued to plague lowans Tuesday The snow was continuing over most of the state at noon and the weather bureau said it would not let up for at least another 24 hours Light snow was forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday The agricultural weather outlook said heaviest amounts would be in the southern portions Winds from 20 to 30 miles an hour were expected to cause addi tional drifting although the worst of the blowing snow was thought to be over So far the slate has escaped anything resembling a blizzard and as a result none of the main highway was blocked The new snow according to the highway commission has already amounted to 10 inches at Sidney and Harlan and from 4 to 6 inches elsewhere The coniniibbiuu said this snow is wet und there is slight drifting in front of a strong northeast wind Baad drifting was reported in the Council Bluffs area and around Tipton Mnquoketa and Clinton Highway 22 was reported blocked east of Muscatine There are some oneway sections on No C in Muscatine county and also around Council Bluffs Sioux City reported 3 inches of new snow with some drifting In central Iowa 2 inches of new snow whipped by gusty winds reduced visibility from zero to 300 feet In parts of the state in cluding Atlantic and Des Moines he niv liOlfiij lOlal snowfall for the past 30 hours to 14 inches Highways around Mason City were much better than in parts of the state farther south the highway patrol reported but were slippery in places Tuesday morn From to 4 inches of new snow was reported by 9 am and there was limited visibility on highway 55 north Snow plows from the highway commission garage were out from 7 a m on and the commission said it was able to keep both highway 18 and 65 clean in spite qf seme snow which tended to pack in protected areas Highway 58 from Cedar Falls to Hudson was closed Roads in northwest Iowa were reported near normal while in the northeast around Decorali and Dubuque there was heavy drifting and limited visibility in many spots Highways into Fort Dodge were open but were slippery and haz ardous The highway patrol gave the following report on conditions Three inches vicinity Marshall town Some drifting some 1 way traffic near Marshalltown South snow packed and hazardous Chariton A Thin Ccntcrvillc snow and sleet Highways hazardous Southwest inches new snow vicinity Red Oak and Shcnnncloah Drifting badly One way traffic in many places Northwest to i inches new snow Drifting High ways open but slippery and haz ardous Extreme northwest mal to 4 inches new snow highways snowpacked in protected areas Drifting Visi bility limited Highways north of Mason City normal Cedar Falis to Hudson highway 58 closed Southeast Highways snow packed High winds some drift ing Plows out United Airlines cancelled its castwest flights through Iowa but MidContinent wns still oper ating northsouth on delayed schedules 3 lowans Are Injured in Fight to Save BlastTorn Destroyer Long Beach Cal The blasttorn destroyer Duncan reached port Tuesday with one man dead 14 injured and a story of valiant crew work to save their ship after an explosion 200 miles at sea The 390foot ship got home un der her own power A navy iug guided her to dock The starboard side near the stern was rent along the water line the jagged opening being more than 30 feet long and 3 or 4 feet wide Steel deck plates were buckled Immediately upon arrival the injured were taken off some by stretcher und transferred to Long Beach naval hospital The name of the man killed will be announced later Six sailors were injured seriously enough for hospitaliza tion mostly by burns but the navy said none was in critical condition They are F S JRice S Green St Con yers Ga C G Fresener S Route 1 Walnut Iowa W V W or ninger S West Des Moines Iowa Donald L Radicky S Lansing Mich Elvin E Jansen boatswains mate seabee Aspinwall Iowa and J M Elvasky Akeley Minn Cmdr Paul Van Lciinen Jr of Cincinnati Ohio skipper of the Duncan which was based ai San Diego told newsmen in the ships wardroom that the explosion was believed to have been caused by acetylene gas from a leaking con la in e It occurred in the shipfit ters shop There was only one man in the shop at the time the man killed Occurring on the first deck be low the main deck the single ex plosion did not set off any ammu nition hesaid although there was a magazine only about 50 feet away At sea Ihis morning Monday morning we had a routine gen eral quarters drill before sunrise Cmdr Van Leunen said Then there was a violent explosion aft Word came to the bridge that there was a lire aft The executive officer LI Cmdr William E Hoppe San Diego was at the scene very rapidly and supervised removing the injured personnel and the one casualty and stopping the fire The fire was slight Cmdr Hoppe added that with water rising crewmen worked hip deep in the damaged area shoring up the openings with mattresses and other material to block out the water Police Quiet Hecklers at Henry Wallace Rally Pittsburgh armed with riot clubs were called out Monday night to keep order at n Students for Wallace rally nt Carnegie Lecture hall when Pitt and Duquesrie university students attempted to break up the meeting with catcalls and heckling The meeting was picketedby students in red union suits who shouted comrades on to Hel sinki and scores of antiWallace students tried to mount the plat Conn to speak The rally was sponsored by Pittsburgh students for Wallace with the aid of the progressive citizens of America Six hundred students attended Seek Loyalty Files on High U S Official Washington tf The com merce departments loyalty board files concerning Dr Edward U Condon were ordered subpoenaed Tuesday by Chairman Thomas R N J of the house unAmerican activities committee C o n d o n 46 yearold scientist and head of the governments bu reau of standards was accused by a house group of beirtg oneof the weakest links in our atomic security He also was accused by the group headed by Thomas of associating with communist agents As Thomas acted to obtain rec ords in the case the atomic en ergy commission told a senate house committee that Condon has had no access to top atomic se crets Senator Hickenlooper RIowa said the commission reported that Condon has not been cleared for access to its restricted files Replying to the house commit tee asccsation Condon retorted This is gratifying information because Im absolutely reliable and therefore we have nothing to worry about The country can relux To u iiixusaiion that lie knowingly or unknowingly en tertained and associated with al leged Russian spies Condon com mented to a reporter Thats just too vague to talk about I certainly didnt do it knowingly The house group contended that the bureau of the testing ground for some of the nations top become the target of espionage agents of numerous foreign powers Thomas announced his decision to subpoena Condon records through Robert E Stripling chief committee investigator The action followed a conference at Walter Kcert hospital where Thomas is recovering from a stomach ail ment Stripling quoted Thomas as say ing he couldnt understand how the commerce department loyalty board could have cleared Dr Con don in view of the evidence Hickenlooper told reporters that so far as the senatehouse com mittee learned there has been 110 occasion for the commission to clear Condon Cor atomic energy work At n 3hour closed session with commission in e m b c r s Hicken looper said the special scnatc DR EDWARD CONDON Under Fire house atomic energy commitlee was told The commission has an FBI re port on Condon An FBI report that Condon associated with al leged soviet espionage agents was mentioned in the report of the house unAmerican affairs com mittee The commission has not decided whether to clear Condon for access to its files Ilickenlooper noted that as a physicist of 25 years standing Dr Condon had worked on the war time Manhattan atomic project He said subsequently Condon was a scientific adviser to the special senate committee which drafted the atomic energy act Switzer Seeks Demo Nod in Race for Iowa Governorship Des Moines O Switzer 39 Polk county attorney who has carried out a scries of fraud prosecutions the past year Tuesday announced he would seek the democratic nomination for governor of Iowa Thus far Swilzers activities here have resulted in the conviction of 3 republican members of the Polk county board of supervisors and of Elmer Croft Des Moines garage operator Switzer is the first to announce in the Democratic race and he is expected to have little if any opposition in the primaries Switzer was elected county at f torney in November Switzer released a statement to newsmen which said in part Confusion in our state govern ment in recent years has been pro moted by intraparty factionalism resulting in much overlapping of the various divisions and depart ments Too little attention has been paid to economy and effici ency I shall correct this I am advised that some branches of our stale government are administered so loosely and in efficiently that to continue this type of operation and administra tion will lead inevitably to cor ruption and virtual robbery of the taxpayers I believe the statehouse at Des Moines is overdue for a thoroughgoing investigation and clean up I am much concerned about the tremendous tax burden in this y J ri f ft i n i state tax receipts on a basis which will leave a substantial surplus in the state treasury to provide for future healthy growth and unfore seen emergencies but I do not believe in taxing and taxing and taxing merely for the purpose of piling up millions and millions of dollars in nn altogether too large and unnecessary surplus Swilzers statement said he had wished to retire from public of fice at the end of his present term and resume the practice of law in Des Moines A law graduate of Drake university Switzer had practiced here since 1932 As the current investigation of public affairs proceeded how ever his statement said it has become increasingly apparent to me that the job with which the CARROLL SWITZEK Governor Race people charged me cannot possibly be completed in this biennium In deed it cannot be completed save by a thoroughgoing undertaking at the level of state government Commenting at his news confer ence in regard to the fraud trials of Polk county officials Switzer slated I think it is fair to say the investigation is not concluded Charges of conspiracy to de fraud now are pending against 7 persons and one is being tried Switzcr who was born at Pilot Mound Iowa is a past president of the Young Democratic club of Iowa He is married and has one child Senator Vandenberg Says No But Name Entered on Ballot Position Not Clear Says McConnell After Receiving Telegram Lincoln Neb Arthur Vandenberg RMich will be included on Nebraskas freefor all presidential primary election ballot April 13 Raymond McCon nell chairman of the bipartisan committee said Tuesday McConnell said Vandenberg has not made it clear whether he would accept the republican nom ination if it should be tendered The names of seven potential or avowed candidates already have been entered by the com mitlee In response to Vanclen bergs protests McConnell with held the Michigan senators name until he answered the question of his availability I decline to speculate with ut terly improbable contingencies Vandenberg telegraphed McCon nclt Tuesday Your question de fies intelligent answer without full knowledge of unknown ulti mate events I have heretofore made my po sition clear I shall not discuss it further I again request that my name be not filed for a position for which I am not a candidate Van denbergs telegram said If it in filed despite this appeal and earn est request I itsk my Nebraska friends to confine their primary votes to others Senator Vandenbergs many friends and admirers will be glad that his reply in no way rules him out as a possible nominee even though he does not wish to be considered as seeking the nomin ation McConnell said Since ho has not ruled himself out the committee will carry out its ori ginal intention filing his name In the AllStar primary Thisis so that Nebraska voters may have a chance to show their preference among all possible nominees General Chennault Is Willing to Return But MacArthur Still Silent Tokyo Gen Claire L Chennault is prepared to return to Washington to testify on China before the house foreign affairs committee taut Gen Douglas Mac Arthur apparently has not yet de cided it was reported Tuesday Dispatches from Shanghai quoted Chennault as saying he has not yet received an official invi tation to testify but that I expect to accept Both men were invited to ap pear in person before a congres sional committee in Washington or to submit memoranda if they could not make it Asked what MacArthur in tended to do one of his aides re plied that he had not given any indication Other sources close to MacArthur said it was not be lieved his position had changed from the time the suggestion first was made House Group Approves Bill on Lynching Washington legislation moved one step further toward passage in congress Tues day and a southern democrat shouted in the house that Harry Truman is a dead bird The house judiciary committee approved the antiIynching legis lation When word of its action circulated Rep Ribers of South Carolina got up in the house and lolct republicans they were mak ing a mistake by pushing the presidents civil rights legisla tion Trying to embarrass President Truman you are going to burn down the house to gel at the rats he said You had better make friends with the south right now while there is still time I tell you you are shooting al the wrong bird Harry Truman is a dead bird already The action sends the key one in President Trumans civil rights one step short of the house floor It must be cleared by the rules commitlee before the house can vote on il It is one of the measures which has southern democrats threaten ing a Mtty revolt The judiciary committee voted behind closed doors and the vote was not announced officially However members said it was 18 to 8 The bill drafted by Rep Clif ford Case RN declares it to be the duty of the state to protect the life liberty and property of every individual Rain Sleet Snowstorms Pelt Nation Chicago Rain sleet and snow pelted a wide section of the country Tuesday and motor travel skidded along at a slow pace The snow belt extended from eastern Colorado through Kansas parts of Nebraska Iowa northern Illinois southeastern Wisconsin southern lower Michigan to west ern New York There also was snow in the Red river valley of North Dakola and Minnesota and near the Canadian border in the Rocky mountains Rain fell from the Carolinas across Tennessee and Kentucky to Indiana Illinois and southern Missouri A band of freezing rain made driving hazardous from central Missouri into Illinois and to Fort Wayne Ind There were a few spots report ing below zero temperatures The mercury dropped to minus R in Caribou Maine and was below zero near the Canadian border in North Dakota and Minnesota Warm weather was reported in parts of the south Monday Highs included 84 at San Antonio Texas and 78 nt Miami and New Orleans AP VVIrcpliolo SLUGGED BY Patton clerk in the Farm ers Savings bank at Wever tells Highway Patrolman Thomas Shellhase her version oi the daylight robbery Monday Miss Patton was slugged by one of the bandits Snowstorm Hampers Search for Robbers of Iowa Bank 2 Armed Fvien Flee With After Slugging Woman Clerk at Wever Wcvcr Illinois and Missouri authorities Tuesday con tinued a widespread search for 2 armed bandits who robbed the Farmers Savings bank of 54375 here Monday after a driving snowstorm forced most of them to abandon the manhunt Monday night The state police at Fairficld said the heavy snow made roads haz ardous and patrolmen and sheriff deputies decided to give up the search for the night But a small force picked up the investigation when the storm stopped at mid night Officers said however they still had no trace of the bandits who fled southwest on highway 61 toward Fort Madison in a greun Chevrolet after the robbery The car bore outofstate license plates 2 PARTIES GIVE APPROVAL FOR STALIN REQUEST Twin Decision to Give Red Proposal Majority Vote in Parliament Helsinki social demo cratic and Agrarian parties an lounced Tuesday that their par iamcntary delegations favored negotiating with twin decision which with the already declared communist stand appar ently gave the soviet proposal a najority in parliament The chairmen of the social dem ocratic and Agrarian groups made it clear at a press conference that they expected to support the soviet request for negotiating a pact Enni Peltonen social democratic chairman and Juho Koivisto Agrarian chairman said they thought it would be extremely difficult to refuse the Russian pro posal and they were unable to find any reason to say no to it Hertta Kuusinen chairman of the communist group told the press that her party already had acted and gone on record officially in favor of the proposal Tike fortten affairs committee of the cabinet earlier advocated ac cepting the overture by Dernier Josef Stalin The public moves toward the decision Finland must make came amidst a hurried round oC con ferences among the top authorities of government and politics Premier Mauno Pekkala and his cabinet visited President Juho K Pansikivi and some ministers stayed behind after the formal ses sion broke up for private conver sation A little later Pekkala went back to the presidential palace After the 2nd visit of the pre mier observers speculated that government discussionof the so Pope Observes Birthday Vatican City ope Pius XII celebrated his 72nd birthday and ninth anniversary of his cle valion as pontiff Tuesday The pope worked as usual The double anniversary will be formally ob served March 12 when the pope will read a special pontifical mass Wins Clemency for Convicted Slayer But Cant Marry Him Nashville Tenn Jim McCord Tuesday commuted to 99 years imprisonment the death sentence of Daniel Budzynski who was scheduled to die in the electric chair Thursday The commutation was granted after 20yearold Methodist Sun day school teacher from Pittsburgh asked Ifr clemency for her hood sweetheart Pretty Jeanne Clafr Lueas came here from Pittsburgh to marry Budzynski 3n his death cell if the governor would not commute his sentence The commutation was an nounced by the governor follow ing n conference with Hugh Helm attorney for the Pittsburgh girl and Jess Talley president of the Tennessee association for relief of cxconvicls The governor said The slate of Tennessee is not interested in seeing a marriage of this kind take place Asked if there was any law pro hibiting such a marriage the gov ernor said Not that I know of Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Occasional light snow Tuesday night and Wed nesday Not much change in temperature Low Tuesday night 18 High Wednesday 26 Iowa Occasional light snow Tues day night and Wednesday not much change in temperature Low Tuesday night 18 north west to 22 southeast High Wed nesday 2630 Iowa 5 Day Weather Outlook Temperatures will average about 2 degrees above normal Normal Jows 1C north to 21 south Normal highs 36 north to 45 south Colder Thursday Ris ing temperatures Friday and Saturday Colder Sunday Pre cipitation will range from i up ward to one inch Frequent in tervals of Wed nesday Thursday and Satur day Shippers Forecast 18 northwest 20 southwest 22 southeast 20 northeast Minnesota Mostly cloudy Tues day night and Wednesday with light snow south portion Wed nesday Temperatures foiling to below zero locally norlh am west central portions Tuesday night LitUe change in tempera ture Wednesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistic for 24 hour period ending at oclock Tuesday morning Maximum 31 Minimum 20 At 8 a m Tuesday 20 Precipitation 03 Snow 1 Inch YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 8 GOVERNMENT IN GRAIN MARKET Announcement Shoots Wheat Prices Upward Chicago government eturncd tentatively to the grain narket Tuesday bolstering the 3vicc of wheat with an announcc Tient that it would buy small amounts of flour for shipment to Europe and the Orient Bids on the flour were to be pened Tuesday in Washington and an announcement will be made immediately on whether any are acceptable The governments announce ment Monday shot wheat prices upward in the biggest single days since commodity prices broke a month ago when the gov ernment stepped out of the mar ket Wheat shot up within a fraction of a cent of the 10ccnt limit for a days trading It carried with it prices on corn and oats Hog prices cotton and stocks on the New York exchange joined the upward trend Actually the amount ol Clour the government intends to buy is quite small A commodity credit corporation official said the gov ernment would buy 2 cargoes oC flour 19000000 pounds of whole wheat flour for delivery on the cast coast and 15000000 pounds of while flour for delivery at a west coast port iyjjOiiiil ad been completed and the reaction of parliamentary groups was being awaited Deny Benes Has Resigned Czech Post London London Eve ning News said Tuesday Eduard Benes had resigned as president of Czechoslovakia but a Czechoslo vak embassy official speedily de nied it The newspapers story was tele phoned from Prague Bcncs at G4 is in frail health He agreed last week to communist demands giving communists com plete control of the government under premier Klement Gottwald Last week he put his signature to a formal declaration relinquish ing his title as president of the Czechoslovak republic the Eve ning News said Communists have not yet al lowed the resignation to be made public for fear of a violent reac lion among the people Admitted Communist Quits Union Position Rochester Minn Bjorklund who admitted recently she wns a communist has re signed as business agent of a local oC the CIO United Public Workers union it was disclosed Tuesday Miss Bjorklund was union ne gotiator in a dispute in January between the union and the Kahler corporation operators ot 4 hos pitals and 3 hotels A threatened strike was averted by a lastmin ute settlement Miss Bjorklunds communist af filiation first was disclosed by an American Legion post here SAME WbiU CUf miins traffic 24 U S Transport Planes Sent to Greek Troops Athens U S military nission turned over to Greece Tuesday a small number of Amer ican C47 planes for use as supply transports The group of planes was the 3rd given to the Greeks by the Americans The first 2 lots were small trainer types used for scout ing or combat The transports were flown from Erdinfj Germany by American pilots of the 12th troop carrier squadron 4Engined Jet Fighter Passes 1 st Air Tests Muroc Air Base Cal 4 jetongined lighter plane as taig as a Boeing B17 Flying Fortress flew satisfactorily on its first test the army said Tuesday The XP87 first U S fighter with 4 jets was flown for nearly an hour Monday over this desert base It was designed by Curtiss Wright to fly 600 miles an hour but the speed of the test was not disclosed Get Them Both Ways Albuquerque N Democrats and republicans used an underpass here to its fullest advantage On the west side dem ocrats strung up a banner adver tising their Saturday night dance on the east sidc republicans put up a banner calling attention to a political talk the night before the democratic dance ;