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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 16, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT M E S A L L NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LVI Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 16 1950 AP Wirephoto as he talks with newsmen PLACED ON FCRLOUGHCapt John G Crommelin smiles UUKS wirn newsmen the navy department placed hfmon furlough S faye April 1 Crommelm archfoe of unification was directed by Adm Forrest Sherman Feb 21 to refrain from further public criticism of defense department poHcles Crommelin Says He Will Go on Criticizing General Staff San Francisco Capt John G Crommelin will continue criticizing the armed forces general staff even though the navy has ordered the Pacific war hero f ur loughed on half pay Im not going to throw in the sponge he said Wednes day on learning that Secretary Francis P Mat thews ordered a disciplinary President Arrives in Key West Key West Fla Truman arrived at this vacation retreat Thursday saying he had a fine trip but lost 4 pounds Mr Truman was on the bridge as the presidential yacht Williams burg docked at 7 a m He des cended to a deck and joked with welcomers ashore It was a fine trip he said The first night and day were pretty rough then it was smooth as a mill pond I lost4 pounds he said with a hearty laugh I couldnt eat He was asked if he would come by ship again Yes it was a verynice trip I ihinkeverybody enjoyed it Mr Truman who had just waved for the photographers on the dock in high humor then ord ered the photographers to wave for a navy cameraman aboard the ship Carry Tender ing 33 Pearl Harbor T H extensive seaair search was un derway Thursday for a navy net tender with 33 officers and men aboard missing on a voyage to the Eniwetok atomic proving grounds vessel the U S S Elder was reported 3 days overdue on a scheduled 10day 2600mile voy age from Pearl Harbor to Eniwe tok Island Hawaiian sea frontier officials said the ship is assigned to lay navigational buoys off the island to prepare for large scale shipping activity when the spring atomic tests begin A navy spokesman theorized the main engine had failed leaving the ship drifting without radio communications somewhere be tween Eniwetok and Johnston Island west of Hawaii The Elder is equipped with diesel electric power but is without auxiliary power for operation of her radio in case of engine failure Navy authorities however said they do not believe the vessel is in any immediate danger in view of the clear weather and calm seas Search operations were being directed from Johnston and Eni wetok Islands All ships in the area were alerted and planes from Hawaii and Guam joined in the air search The 163foot vessel was last sighted on Monday afternpon about 700 miles east of her desti nation by the army transport Gen eral A W Brewster At the time the Elder trouble was in no apparent Flustered Taxpayer Forgets Kids Names Atlanta A flustered tax payer making his U S income re turns on the last day deadline Wednesday was the father of 7 children But he couldnt think of their names to claim exemptions for them Finally one of the 68 special agents assisting with the returns let him use his kids nicknames SAME meant no traffic death in tut crackdown I still have 6 or Tmore speak ing engagements If I back down on anything Ive said you will know I have been given the Cardi nal Mindszenty treatment The furlough order was the stiffest punishment imposed on a navy officer short of a court mar tial in 24 years Under military law the secretary of the navy may furlough any officer on half pay without a court martial and with out explaining his reasons For Criticisms Although Matthews did not ex plain the reason for his order it was obvious that it was for Crom melins criticisms of the general staff For playing a leading role in last falls admiral revolt Crom melin was banished to San Francisco Nevertheless he continued to speak put against what he called Prussian pentagon policies He was ordered last month to cease his criticisms He responded by quot ing only the words of other armed forces officials in speeches that were critical of the general staff Eyes Open I walked into this with my eyes open he said Im doing what I think best for my country When the furlough becomes ef fective April 1 his pay will be cut from about a month to ap proximately a month He is eligible to retire on pay because of credit for his many military decorations Crommelin said he believed the furlough was a suggestion that pointed to the desirability of re tiring His answer to that was Im not going to retire Father of Twin Girls at Age 99 Carbondale 111 Rev James E Smith who Thursday observed what he says is his 101st birthday may be the oldest new father known to medicine Smith is the father of twin girls born 16 months ago He and his 37 year old wife also are the parents of 4 young sons Smith married his present wife Anna Lee in 1935 when she was 22 Their oldest son is 13 The others are 12 9 and 5 years old Records ofthe American Medi cal association in Chicago show a 94yearold man fathered a child in the 1930s The Smiths physician who re fused use of his name said he had not considered the possibility of a medical record when the twins were born By Smiths reckoning their father was 99 at the time Smith said he was born March 16 1849 the son of a former slave James and Henrietta Smith on Jamestown Island near Williams burg Va He said he was ordained a Baptist minister when he was 31 For many years Smith was an undertaker in Washington D C Boston Kansas City Joplin Mo Charleston Mo and Carbondale He was credited with being Illi nois oldest mortician when he re tired from business in 1937 DISMISS DIVORCE SUIT Cedar Rapids divorce case in which Mrs Scundra A Rashid of Fort Madison sought a property settlement was dismissed Wednesday in district court at her request The suit was against Idol J Rashid of Cedar Rapids Mrs Rashid claimed her husband deserted her in 1945 lowans Get Well Faster Than in 48 Des Moines are recovering from illness faster than they did 2 years ago if hos pital figures compiled by the Des Moines office of Blue Cross are any indication Blue Cross said Thursday stud ies of reports of 117 member hos pitals in Iowa show that in 1948 the average length of a persons stay in the hospital was 714 days In 1949 the average declined to 682 days For the first month of this year the figure dropped fur ther to 670 The number of persons going to hospitals is still increasing Ad missions at member hospitals in January 1948 totaled 4159 in the same month last year the to tal was 5507 and in January of this year the increase was to 5 703 Also increasing is the cost of sickness Blue Cross reported it paid hospitals an average of 61 per case in 1948 and per case in 1949 Lora Lees Career in Films Ends Los Angeles Lora Lee Michel the 9yearold who ran away from her life as a a day actress is through with the a judges order Juvenile Judge A A Scott said Wednesday that Lora Lee will be made a ward of the court and will be kept in juvenile hall and studied for awhile then she will be placed in another foster home where she can have fun like any other child Because Lora Lee is a prob lem child without question we expect to have considerable diffi culty in finding a home to suit her needs the Judge said Wednesday Her foster parents are Mr and Mrs Otto Michel who adopted the child in 1945 in Texas Since com ing here Lora Lee has played in a score of movies Judge Scott said the Michels had agreed to sign a petition ask ing that the child be made the ward of juvenile court JEWELRY STOLEN London American army officer from Iowa City Iowa lost jewelry and money worth here Wednesday when burglars entered his apartment Lt Col L F Paul is on duty here with the joint American military ad visory group This Paper Consists of Two No 135 Sees Order to Service as Startling Hickenlooper Says State Department Reverses Its Field Washington state de partments sudden summoning of John S Service from India for a review of his loyalty record was termed a very significant and startling development by Sen ator B Hickenlooper Thursday The departments decision Wed nesday came only 24 hours after Senator McCarthy RWis had accused Service American con sul at Calcutta of having commu nist affiliations McCarthy made his charges be fore a senate foreign relations sub committee which is investigating his contentions that the state de partment harbors communists and communist sympathizers Seems Strange Hickenlooper a member of the committee told reporters it seems strange to him that the depart ment first said it knew nothing about one of McCarthys accusa tions dealing with Service and then apparently reversed its field The Iowa lawmaker was referr ing to McCarthys testimony that service had been cleared by the departments own loyalty board but that a U S civil service loy alty board fired his case back and recommended that the same de partment board be barred from judging the case again Shortly after McCarthy testi fied the department said it had not received any such informa tion or request from the review board Review Board In announcing Wednesday that service is being brought home the department said the action was taken on recommendation of the civil service review board But it said the boards request was not received until about 5 hours after McCarthy tes tified The review board in recom mending recall of service from India said the state departments own previous investigation of the veteran diplomatic officer should have included his personal ap pearance before the panel Lincoln White department press officer said the review boards recommendation does not mean Service is under new sus picion He added that apparently the board feels Service should have an opportunity to speak for himself 3 Big Mo Officers to Be Court Martialed Plane Drops 10 Armed Bombs on Air Force Base Hill Air Force Base Utah The air force disclosed Thursday that a B50 bomber late Wednes day accidentally dropped 10 armed practice bombs on Hill air force base Several buildings were dam aged but there were no injuries Three of the bombs hit build ings but the others exploded in open areas The base public information office said the accident came while 2 of the big bombers from Castle air force base at Merced Cal were making simulated bomb runs over the big Utah base near Ogden The B50s are the latest versions of the wartime B29 Con Take Choice of 2 Marriages Williamson W Va send me a copy of my marriage ertificate I have been separated for so long that I cant remember my wifes name But her first name was Mary and we were mar ried in Williamson When Mingo County Clerk El mer Ferrell received that letter from a man in Roanoke Va Wednesday he leafed through the records He found that 2 men with the same name as the letter writer nad been married here Both brides were named Mary Farrell said he would send the information along to the Virginian and let him figure it out Moving to Cut Budget Proposals House Committee Recommends Slice of Washington house ap propriations committee has tenta tively worked out a cut in President Trumans spend ing proposals for the 12 months beginning next July 1 The committee has not formally taken final action but it was learned a central committee has recommended the cut The committee is working on an omnibus bill embracing items for which Mr Truman asked 000000 Members of the commit tee said these have been trimmed to roughly Start Next July The presidents overall budget requests for the fiscal year start ing next July 1 were 000 This included approximately for Marshall plan foreign aid and in socalled permanent appropria tions and trust funds These 2 items are not dealt with in the omnibus bill The foreignaid money is not included because separate legisla tion legalizing it has not cleared congress The socalled permanent appropriations are not subject to cuts They include such things as interest on the public debt To Go to House The central committee rec ommendations will be presented to the full committee next Mon day The following week the omni bus bill is scheduled to go before the house for debate It will be the first time in modern history that congress has wrapped up all departmental funds in a single bill The appropriations group has recommended no huge cuts in any departmental funds although a sizeable percentage reduction has been ordered for the socalled civil functions of the army engi neers These civil functions include river and harbor and flood control projects In the absence of new taxes the appropriations committee propos als would leave the government with a deficit of approximately for the 1951 fiscal year Selection of Bednasek Jury Near Iowa City a jury neared completion Thursday and it was learned that the de fense had abandoned any plan of pleading insanity for Robert Bed nasek 24 accused of murdering his campus sweetheart A total of 30 prospective jurors had been seated when court re cessed foij lunch Half of them however already had been elimi nated by challenges The state had used up all of its 8 preemptory challenges and the defense had only 1 left Each side however had 2 man datory strikes remaining But the whittling down process was expected to be completed Thurs day afternoon with final selec tion of the 12 jurors who willtry the handsome University of Iowa psychology senior for premedi tated murder Meanwhile it was learned from reliable sources that the defense iiad abandoned any plans for an insanity plea because of the con tents of a secret psychiatric re port written on the basis of ob servations while Bednasek was a voluntary patient for 2 weeks in the universitys psychiatric ward JUDITH COPLON FREE ON Coplon leaves federal court in New York Wednesday with her brother Bertram and her attorney Sam P Shapiro after a bond of 40000 was posted for her Found guilty of es pionage conspiracy with Valentin A Gubitchev Russian en gineer she is appealing her conviction Acheson Challenges Russia to Accept 7Point Peace Plan Berkeley Cal AP Secretary of State Acheson challenged Russia Thursday to demonstrate her desire for peace by accepting a new 7point program to free the world from destructive tensions and anxieties Boiled down the 7 steps Acheson proposed call for an end to Russias aggressive plpmacy both in her dealings with satellites and with the west ern world and for new moves to conclude peace treaties and to find some solution to the problem of atomic controls Bluntly he predicted Russian refusal of any attempt to settle these points of greatest differ ence between the east and the west But he insisted that they must be identified and sooner or later reconciled if the 2 systems are to live together if not with mutual respect at least in mutual se curity Otherwise he said the United States can only continue to resist aggression where it finds it and to press ahead with the building of a free world We are always ready to dis cuss to negotiate to agree Acheson declared but we are understandably loath to play the role of international sucker Achesons address a major statement of American policy said to have taken 3 months to prepared for delivery at the University of California in connection with the conference on international cooperation for world economic development Declaring that we want peace but not at any price Acheson said Russia must do several things which while leaving much yet o do would give the world new confidence in the possibility of peaceful change These are the points he listed 1 Join with the west in defin ng peace terms for Germany Japan and try ng to make them meanwhile refraining from any interference with the new states Trumans Housing Program Now in Hands of House Washington bitter sen ate defeat left the fate of Presi dent Trumans middle income housing program squarely in the hands of the house Thursday The senate chopped the entire program out of a catchall hous ing bill late Wednesday on a tight 4338 vote Its promptly began senate backers rooting for house victory which might give them another chance If that happens said Senator Sparkman we will fight it out in the senate again We need only change 3 get some more democrats on the win A combination of 30 republicans and 13 democrats mostly from the south administered the death blow in the senate Frantic lastminute efforts by Senator Maybank DS Car to peg interest rates at 4 per cent instead of a lower figure failed to pick up enough votes for vic tory The rest of the bill carrying more than in gov ernment loans and mortgage in surance for various other pro grams was approved Sparkman pointed out that the house banking committee had al lowed the full of government credit asked for co operatives and nonprofit organ izations to buiid housing for fam ilies with incomes of from to a year The loans could run for as long as 60 years with interest expected to be about 3 per cent Senate sponsors had trimmed the amount in half and tightened up other provisions in their ef forts to push it through there We had the whole works against us Sparkman said The real estate crowd the bankers the home builders the building and loan group and everybody else As the bill went to the house it included to continue the regular system of government in surance of housing mortgages in cluding an unspecified amount for housing cooperatives of insurance on mortgages for lowcost homes ranging up to a unit of direct loans to colleges and universities to pro vide student and faculty housing of direct loans to veterans unable to find housing credit elsewhere additional funds to cover largescale rental apart ment projects first started during the war of the far east 2 Withdraw military andpolice forces from the soviet satellites and refrain from using the shadow of that force to keep in power persons or regimes which do not command popular confi dence 3 Drop the present policy of obstruction in the United Nations and help make the U N a serious instrument for building interna tional peace and security 4 Join in seeking realistic and effective arrangements for the control of atomic weapons and limitation of armaments in gen eral 5 Stop using communist party apparatus to overthrow by sub versive means established gov ernments with which the soviet government standsin an outward state of friendship and respect 6 Quit badgering American dip lomatic representatives who are now being treated as criminals and branded as sinister people with whom all contact is pregnant with danger 7 Stop systematically distort ing to their own peoples the pic ture of the world outside their borders and of our country in par ticular He assailed soviet prop aganda which he said hammers at the idea of a capitalist encircle ment of a United States craftily and systematically plotting another world war Protivin Bachelor Dies After Fire Protivin Andera 76 a bachelor who lived alone here died Thursday following a fire at his home He was overcome by smoke when removed from his home The Cresco fire department sent a rescue squad but attempts to revive Andera were futile The fire was confined to one room In it was a stove and nearby was a small can of gaso line with the lid off There was no indication of how the fire started Beardsley Names 2 to Natural Resources Unit Des Moines William S Beardsley Thursday appointed F M Dawson Iowa City and Scott Ellis Dallas Center to the Iowa natural resources council to replace 2 members who resigned recently Dawson dean of hydraulic engi neering at the University of Iowa replaces L C Crawford Iowa City Ellis a farmer replaces Ros well Garst Coon Rapids To Be Held at Norfolk March 27 Result of Vessels Being Grounded in Chesapeake Bay Norfolk Va General courts martial were ordered Thursday for the commanding of ficer the operations officer and the navigator of the battleship Missouri as a result pf the ves sels grounding in Chesapeake bay Jan 17 The officers to be tried are Capt William D Brown of Frost proof Fla the big Mos skipper Comdr John R Millett operations officer and Lt Comdr Frank G Morris of New York navigator Comdr Milletts home is in Waterloo Iowa The courts martial will be con vened March 27 at the Norfolk naval base The trials will begin naval spokesmen said if the defendants are ready to proceed All proceedings will be open to the publicand the press Ordered by Smith The courts martial were or dered by Rear Adm Allan E Smith commander of the cruiser force of the Atlantic fleet after a review of the proceedings of the naval court of inquiry which in vestigated the grounding Smiths action was announced by Adm William M Fechteler commanderinTchief of the Atlan tic fleet Fechteler said The formal charges and specifications to be served upon these officers and upon which they will be tried will not be made public prior to the c o n v e n i n g of the respective courts The individual officers concerned however may release the charges and specifications in their respective cases at their own discretion Fechteler said Smith did not consider the evidence against Lt John E Carr of Norfolk Va cpm bat operations officers of the Mis souri of sufficient gravity lo war rant trial by court martial How ever Smith has addressed a let ter of reprimand to Carr Were Defendants Brown Millett Morris and Can were defendants before the court of inquiry which heard a half hundred witnesses during 18 days of sessions between February 3 and February 28 One bright note was disclosed by the inquiry and Adm Smith took note of it thusly The engineering watch of the USS Missouri at the time of the grounding proved extremely alert When confronted with an emer gency without any prior warning of approaching danger they met this emergency efficiently and ex peditiously The engineering plant of the Missouri was shut down in a commendable manner without serious damage PLEADS GUILTY Des Moines Oldham 26 changed his plea from innocent to guilty in the middle of his trial on an auto theft charge Wednes day and was sentenced to not more than 10 years in the state peniten tiary at Fort Madison Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clearing Thursday night wjth low near 20 Partly cloudy Friday with high near 42 Iowa Mostly fair Thursday night and Friday Somewhat warmer Friday Low Thursday night 18 25 northeast 2530 southwest Minnesota Mostly cloudy oc casional local light snows north portion Thursday night and near the Mississippi river in south portion Thursday after noon and in extreme north and near Lake Superior Friday Turning somewhat colder north west Thursday night and north and central portions Friday Low Thursday night 515 north 1824 south High Friday 2025 north 2734 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Thursday Maximum Minimum 28 At 8 a m 30 Precipitation 05 Snow i inch YEAR AGO Maximum 2R Minimum 13 ;