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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 17, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Associated Frew and United Press Pull Lease Wires Five Cents a Copyl MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MARCH 17 1950 WITH PARENTSJeri Lou Ely 18 University of a CKJTffi nCG gets a from her Hutert a Chicago hotel v aa a a icago hotel Thursday night The Berrien Springs Mich girl told reporters she had been studying too hard and came to Chicago to get a good res t She dlSsed her whereabouts herself Thursday when she telephoned home f He nkrente wh had gone to Ann Arbor to start a search were notified and rushed to Chicago Demand for Housing as High as Ever Washington The demand for housing was reported Friday just as high as ever after the big gest winter homebuilding boom in the nations history Ewan Clague commissioner of labor statistics said February completed a 3month period dur ing which builders started dwell ings at an 80000amonth clip an unusually high wintertime rec ord Housing construction in 1949 topped the 1000000dwelling fig ure for the first the win ter construction rate a year ago was only at a 50000amonth mark con struction housing demand con tinues virtually unabated Glague said adding that this demand is buoyed by high consumer in come and the continuing high mar riage and birth rates Clagues survey matched the housing construction rates with boosts in the population and came up with this conclusion Indications are that the new units smarted each year will have to exceed 1000000 for several years to wipe out the back log as well as to meet current population increase and effective demand 2 Men Killed in Powder Blast Dover N J UR Two men were killed and 3 others were in jured Friday when a batch of rocket powder exploded at the armys Picatinny arsenal The 2 victims were working in side the building alone when the blast blew it apart The 3 persons injured were working near the building They received superficial cuts and bruis es but none was1 hospitalized Paper Bag Holds Cash Not Garbage Milwaukee Wis Wojcinski 41 was about to get into his car when he kicked a paper bag lying in the street Thinking it was garbage he picked it up and heaved it into the back seat He stopped by a garbage dump on his way home Thursday and was about to throw it onto the heap when he decided to glance inside There he found greenbacks nothing but greenbacks and checks he later told police The garbage bag contained more than lost earlier in the day by 2 bank employes who were taking it from a bank to a clearing house ODwyer Puts Freeze on Prime Minister of Northern Ireland New William ODwyer served notice Friday that Sir Basil Brooks prime minister of Northern Ireland will not be welcome at City hall during his forthcoming visit to this country ODwyer was reviewing the St Patricks day parade He said the prime ministers banning of a sim ilar parade in Northern Ireland is the only bad note today and added Hes coming here in a month and hell be one official who will not be welcomed at City hall and If he is itll be because Im dead AEC Sees No Need for Fear of Radiation AfterEffects Washington atomic energy commission said fnday that survivors of an atomic bomb attack can expect to live a reasonably normal life thereafter without fear of drastic radiation aftereffects Dr Shields Wanen director of the AEC division of bi ology and medicine said there are 2 possible exceptions to this general rule He said the survivors may develop eye cata racts at a later date and may be more susceptible than before to leukemia Warrens statement was made before the joint congressional atomic energy committee The 1 J legislators are studying the state of the nations civil defense against atomic attack The commission appearing be fore the committee at the first open session in months also dis closed it has developed a new and cheap geiger counter It would help civilians detect dangerous amounts of radiation after an A bomb attack Warren said that the commis sion has developed a number of useful medical measures against atomic attack He said they include 1 Use before an attack of fe male sex hormones substances which temporarily suppress the blood cell building activities of the bone marrow and some types of amino acids Used prior to ir radiation he said they have all increased the survival rate of ex perimental animals 2 Shielding the body or parts of the body particularly the spleen and somehow reducing the amount of oxygen being breathed at the time of an attack He said that a few feet of earth or con may be satisfactory for shielding purposes and that re search on reducing the oxygen supply for individuals at the time of an attack is now going on John A Derry executive offi cer of the AECs division of biol ogy and medicine said the geiger counter was developed by the ini strument laboratory of the com missions New York operations of fice He said it could be a mass production to One committeeman said defense planning is a job that must be done thoroughly but without con tributing to panic Members al ready have ruled out as wild and fantastic plans to decentralize the nations industries and put many of them underground President Settles Down for Vacation Key West Fla Truman Friday settled down to a tranquil vacation routine broken only by the occasional arrival of a tourier plane fromWashington or a teletype message frbm the white house His schedule for Friday called for nothing weightier than a morning walk swim sunbath lunch with the staff and a long afternoon snooze Another aerial courier was ex pected from Washington Friday with more paper work for the chief executive but dependent on the arrival time of the plane work will not interfere with the presidents holiday The weather was warm and tropical and even more enjoyable for the white house staff when measured against weather reports from Washington of a heavy snow there Thursday The town of Key West as usual was happy about Mr Trumans arrival here Thursday aboard the white house yacht The local news paper the Key West Citizen car ried 4 long stories about this his 8th vacation visit here Not only was the town pleased by the prestige of having such a distinguished visitor but the real istic fact was that Mr Truman is worth a lot of dollars and cents to the merchants and businessmen of this southernmost town of the country Navy Starts Planning for Sub Defense Present Spending Program of More Than Billion Washington funds and strength clipped sharply the navy is pressing a toppriority program to deal with the submarine menace in any future war But naval strategists made plain m disclosures to congress that they are not too happy about the state of the navys readiness They said the billion dollar budget cut they are taking means the fleet air arm will have to fall back on 2ndline aircraft next This Paper Consists of Two No Bednasek to Testify on Events of Dec 11 ation requests ran veiled concern over year while combat ship strength will be trimmed to 239 vessels from the present 288 Presenting a spending figure for the 12 months starting next July 1 Adm Forrest P Sherman of naval operations said the navy is following the olc maxim of doing the best it can with what it has Of all the thinneddown programs he said submarine defenses come first Veiled Concern Throughout the navys appropri evidence ol Russias re ported concentration on her sub marine her adap tation of the elusive snorkeltype submersibles These subs perfect ed by the Germans can remain submerged for long periods by using a chimneylike breathing device The navy is earmarking more than in 1951 for re search and development Most of it it was indicated will go for gadgets to track and kill snor kels which now are able to evade conventional search methods But Sherman made clear he did not consider the money adequate for the job of meeting a World war III submarine menace He told the house appropriations committee I would be less than candid if I did not indicate to you that a reduction of 30 patrolplane squad drons to 20 and from 170 destroy ers to 140 decreases the means available to the chief of naval op erations to meet his responsibili ties for the naval defense of the country Far From Adequate In other words while I support this as being the best program available is far frompro viding the navy completely ade quate means for combating a sub marine threat It is in its air forces that the navy faces its most drastic cut sacks Although President Truman upped naval air appropriations to from rec ommended by Secretary of De fense Johnson the navy says it must 1 Eliminate 6000 enlisted avia tion billets and remove 1273 naval aviators from flying duty 2 Reduce flight training by 600 students a year 3 Close 5 air stations and reduce 5 more to a partial maintenance status and shut down 5 more ma jor overhaul and repair estab lishments The biggest pinch will be felt in the navys plane procurement pro gram This would be cut 22 per cent from this year and almost halved from 1949 STORM KILLS SEALS Washington storms in the Pacific Northwest killed hundreds of Alaskan furseal pups and cast them ashore on the Washington and Oregon coasts in January the Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday St Pats Day in Ireland Is Bright Sunny Dublin Ireland in their Sunday best sporting shamrock sprigs in their hats cele brated Friday their first St Pat ricks Day in the wholly independ ent republic of Ireland The weather turned bright and sunny for the anniversary of Ire lands patron saint and the streets of Dublin were choked with people in holiday mood All business premises including pubs were closed President and Mrs Sean OKelly drove through Dublin on their way to a solemn high mass at the cathedral with a military escort Shawlies old women with kerchiefs around their head sold bunches of shamrock on OCon hell street Dublins wide main thoroughfare But for many Irishmen the joy and festivity of the day dampened by the thought that au thorities in northern Ireland had banned celebration of the day by the ancient order of Hibernians at Moneymore County Derry The northern government which has its own parliament and premier although retaining its al legiance to the British crown said the ban was put down because we fear a breach of the peace A shocking and revolting spec tacle retorted the national board of the Hibernians UAW Ford in Pension Agreement Detroit UR The CIO United Auto Workers tossed a new Ford pension agreement at strikebound Chrysler corporation Friday driv ing for a quick settlement on the 52day walkout Ford and the UAW announced a compromise agreement on funded pension plan industry ob servers said might crack the hrysler deadlock which has idlei 150000 workers At the same time 2 top Chrys ler officials arrived in New York to meet with ace Federal Mediate rus Ching who already has rieard the unions side from UAW President Walter P Reuther The Ford settlement came on the heels of a Nash agreemen ranting funded pensions Basic controversy has been whether Ford must pay 8J cents for each employehour of work during the 5year pension pact ord has agreed to make up the difference between retired work ers social security benefits and a month The agreement it was learned ave Ford the right to lower its payment into the fund whenever ederal social security is increased But it also gave the UAW an in tial 8J cent payment to use as a weapon in Chrysler talks AP Wlrephoto DR LINDSTROM CONFERS WITlf ATTORNEY Peter Lindstrom right leaves the office of his attorney Isaac Pacht Thursday after conferring on plans for a bitter court fight with In grid Bergman over custody of their daughter Pia Miss Bergman has filed suit for an accounting of community property and custody of the child Pacht said Dr Lindstrom would file a countersuit demanding Pias custody and also a divorce Story on p 2 Railroad Section Worker Is Killed Des Moines railroad sec tion worker was fatally injured Thursday when he was struck by i a truck while repairing railroad tracks at a crossing Jesse E Fernandez 48 of West Des Moines died about an hour and a half after the accident i Patrolman Daniel Kauzlarich said a truck driven by Louis A Rogers 31 struck Fernandez and the left rear dual wheels passed over his body I SAME BUck meant traffic death la M GIBBS AFTER L Gibbs who was convicted oT muTder in the first degree for the slaying of Marian L Baker Franklin and Marshall college stenographer Jan 10 is shown in the custody of a sheriff and deputy at Lancaster Pa Mom Them 5 Million Letters Now Public Property Hyde Park N Y Franklin D Roose velt kept a copy of almost every letter he wrote and almost every letter he received after he began his political climb Friday more than 5000000 of these letters became pub lic mirror to one of the vital eras of world his tory Brief Former Indiana Klan Leader Seeks Parole Michigan City Ind C Stephenson 56 former Ku Klux Klan leader who once boasted he was the law in In diana goes before a state parole board Friday to seek release from his sentence for the murder of a pretty state employe 25 years ago It will be his first appearance before the board But it will be his 47th attempt to gain freedom from the state penitentiary where he was sent in 1925 for the kidnap rape and later murder of 28 year old Madge Oberholtzer Indiana Gov Henry F Schricker paved the way for Stephensons appeal Friday when he commuted Stephensons sentence from life to time served to life The former Indiana grand dragon thereby be came immediately parole eligible for I think the Stephenson case is a page in Indiana history that ought to be closed Schricker said March 4 when he commuted the sentence He has served 25 years pretty long span of his life In his previous appeals which the pudgy balding Klan leader handled himself Stephenson con tended he was a political prison er His conviction came after Steph enson accompanied by 3 of his Klan bodyguards kidnaped Miss Oberholtzer in Indianapolis and took her aboard a trainbound for Chicago Once alone with her in his com partment he subjected the girl to a vicious sexual attack which se verely injured her Madsen Murder Verdict Near Frankfurt Germany murder case against Mrs Yvette Madsen 22 Brooklynborn moth er of 2 children charged with hooting her soldier husband to death went to a 3judge court riday for decision The defense and prosecution vaived final arguments and her ate was placed in the hands of he occupation court Presiding Fudge Fred Conn announced that he court will give its verdict Sat urday ceremonies marked the event at the Franklin D Roosevelt library here It took years to index the papers There are letters to kings and to high and lowborn men whose names are marked forever in his tory And there are humble letters the voice of the average American as he took pen in hand and wrote tc the white house during Mr Roosevelts 12 years in office About 85 per cent of all the let ters became public property The rest were withheld for another 25 years They might embarrassper sons still alive or might affect our relations with other nations The letters are in boxes which fill the shelves lining 4 rooms of the federal library Confidential letters are marked by red folders Said Mrs Franklin D Roosevelt at the ceremony With the tremendous public thirst for the facts concerning the stirring events of the past 2 dec ades it will be a useful and healthy thing for important seg ments of the story of these years to be available here to all who are seriously concerned with learning the truth It will be a real pleasure to see this room filled with students The papers will not be available to the general public Only accred ited scholars and researchers will have access to them Two days before Pearl Harbor Dec 5 Roosevelt asked Wendell L Willkie to make a good will tour of New Zealand and Australia as a white house To the man he defeated in the 1940 presidential election Mr Roosevelt wrote in part 1 think both of us should be extremely careful if you do go lest it be said that 1 am sending you out of the country The situation is definitely seri ous and there might be an armed clash at any moment if the Ja panese continue their forward progress against the Philippines Dutch Indies or Malaya or Bur ma They did And Mr Roosevelt wrote on a carbon of the Willkie letter This was dictated Fri Now Recalls Fatal Night Counsel Says Attorneys Make Opening Statements in Murder Trial Iowa City Defense At torney Clair Hamilton Friday told a district court jury that by use of a drug pentathol Robert E Bednasek regained his memory of what happened the night of Dec 11 when Margaret Anne Gee Gee Jackson died Bednasek will relate the events from the witness stand during his trial on a charge of murder the attorney said Hamilton made this disclosure in his opening statement to the jury of 8 men and 4 women after state counsel pictured Bednaseks infatuation for Miss Jackson as greater than that of the usual campus romance Medical Treatment The attorney said Bednasek voluntarily spent 2 weeks in the University of Iowa hospitals psy chopathic ward He did this Ham ilton said to receive medical treatment to see whether he could recall what happened in the room ing house where the coed was strangled The state told the jury that Miss Jacksons affections were driftine away and that Bednasek knew it Hamilton said that rather they were drifting closer together Both Bednasek and Miss Jackson were students at the Universitv Of Iowa In his opening statement for the state Special Prosecutor Edward told the jury Bednasek had a sexual interest in the girL Iowa seen fit to mention the sex angle Hamilton told the jurors a few minutes later we will show that anything they did they did as lovers Would Kill Her Rate also said that Bednasek had reached a state of mind where if he could not continue his asso ciation with the beautiful coed he would kill her Rate said evidence will be intro duced to show thatMiss Jackson did not love this man did not in tend to marry him that she was through with him and that he was distasteful to her In hisopening statement State Prosecutor Rate did not ask the death penalty He said it was the jury s duty to determine the pen alty but added that the state will prove he was guilty of first de gree highest crime known to man SYNHORST SICK WVSecretary of State Melvm D Synhorst was confined to bed Friday with what his physician said was the begin ning stages of pneumonia Syn has been a severe cold for several days but stayed on the job until Thursday noon day morning before this vile attack Willkie never made the trip Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy and colder through Saturday Snow flurries Friday night and occasional light snow Saturday Low Friday night 15 High Saturday 22 Iowa Cloudy and colder Friday night with snow beginning over west portion Saturday snow pJght near 15 to 2025 south Iowa 5Day Weather Outlook Temperatures will average 8 to 12 degrees below normal Nor hjfh 48 to 56 Normal low 25 to 32 Temperatures wiU con tinue well below normal until some warming trend the middle of next week Precipitation will average i to i of an inch mois ture content with snow in most sections this weekend Minnesota Partly cloudy north cloudy with light snow south Friday night and Saturday Colder northeast Fri day night Low Friday night 5 to 10 below northwest to 10 to Io above southeast High Satur day 5 to 10 above northwest near 20 southeast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Friday Maximum Minimum At 8 a m YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 36 23 23 31 9 ;