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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 20, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED fOR THE HOME CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION NEWSPAPtR THATMAKES ALL NORTH I 0 W A N S N E I G H 0 K VOL LVI AnocUted Pnn and United Presa Full Wires Five Cents a Copy One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor A Helping Hand to Our Crippled Ojjffi EVENING not so long ago I sat in on a meeting at which plans were made for the Easter Seals campaign now under way throughout tbe United States Tnis meeting concerned itself with one community which I like to believe is typical of America For a time the meeting moved along in much the same way that all meetings of its kind proceed There was the call to order by the chairman the reading and approv al of the minutes of the last meet ing etc Finally the presiding officer suggested that because the group gathered with him was made up of men and vomen who would be giving of their time and as well as the campaign ahead it might be appropriate to review and analyze the expendi ture of last years fund It was at this point that the meeting really began to get esting Money Wisely Invested vFor a full hour I sat in rapt ad miration as the story was unfolded about the accomplishments of one unit of the national Society for Crippled Children and Adults Never I concluded was so mod est a sum put to better use In a businesslike way the chair man of the unit reported on the amounts spent on the various items of the organizations pro gram At the same time he offered an estimate as to how much these services would cost in the year ahead Here were some of the Items covered Sending underprivileged chil dren to a day camp in another city Assistance to families in pro viding medical care and equip ment of crippled children Entertainment for crippled children enrolled under the Spastic club Sending a half dozen children to state clinics Conducting a clinic at a local hospital Providing wheel chairs hos pital beds and other equipment for both crippled children and crippled adults All of these things were pre sented pretty much in statistical form If fhad ielf right then Id have felt pretty confident that the money I invest in Easter Seals every year was being putto good use Story Brought to Life But the real lift the real in spiration came when the woman who directs the units program was called on for her report had up to that time been facts and fig ures became flesh and blood The story came to life Suppose I introduce you to a of the people I met during that brief who have found new opportunity and new hope in hfe because you and I and millions of other Americans give our support to this Easter Seals campaign Well start with Mary the 18 year old daughter of a widowed mother There are 3 other children but Mary was the problem because of her pronounced speech defect and the dejection into which she had fallen because of that handi cap At the instance of the local unit of the society for the crippled Mary was induced to take an apti tude test at the State University As a result of the promise there exhibited enrollment in a sum mer clinic followed New Outlook on Life Now Mary has a new outlook on life Because she excels in sten ography an attractive job awaits herin a law office when she takes her high school diploma next June Your Easter Seal purchase helped do that Next Id like to have you meet tarry He happens to live in MY his counterpart lives in yours wherever you live Hes a typical 11 year old boy ex cept for one thing He stammers pretty bad Or rather he used to One day he tried to recite in school The words wouldnt come His classmates did what kids are prone to do They laughed It broke Larrys heart Throwing himself on a bed he sobbed out a resolve never to go to school another day A Team Captain Now At this point the society for the crippled children entered the case Attendance at a summer speech clinic on a college campus 100 miles arranged Today Larry is captain of his neighbor hood baseball team His stuttering has been greatly not half as much as his morale Your Easter Seal purchase helped do that In introducing J M to you I should remind you that the work of the Society for the Crippled is not confined to children It is con cerned with adults too and par ticularly in cases where a helping hand is needed Such was true in the case of J M a woman ap proaching middle age She Couldnt Read Because practically all of her Hfe has been spent in bed curled discomfort or pain much of time J M never learned to CONTINUED ON PAGE S MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MARCH 20 1950 Thit Paper Consists of Two in Jessup Scores McCarthy s Charges President Heads Off Rail Strike Switchmen Were to Walk Out Tuesday on 12Western Roads Key West Fla Truman signed an executive order here Monday heading off a strike scheduled for Tuesday on 12 west ern railroads The presidents order set up an emergency board to inquire into a dispute between the carriers and the Switchmans Union of North America The order automatically post pones the strike for 60 days Per sonnel of the board is to be named later 12 Railroads The railroads are the Chicago Great Western Chicago Rock Is land and Pacific Davenport Rock Island and North Western Denver and Rio Grande Minneapolis St Louis Great Northern North ern Pacific Terminal company of Oregon Salt Lake City Union De pot and Railroad company St Paul Union Depot company Sioux Terminal Railway company Western Pacific Railroad company and Railway Transfer city of Minneapolis About 4000 members of the switchmens union had been poised for a strike Tuesday The union is asking a 40hour week without reduction in gross pay from the amount the switch men are getting under their pres ent 48hour week Similar Dispute Another emergency board named by the president presently is hearing a similar dispute in Chicago involving claims of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen and the Order of Railway Con ductors This case involves ap proximately 250000 yardmen and roadmen Both disputes of rail operating employes are an aftermath of an emergency board award in 1949 giving a 40hour week with 48 hour payto approximately 1000 000 nonoperating railroad work ers Grants Delay in Abortion Trial Waterloo Judge Ralph Hasner Monday granted a request for continuance of the trial of Dr Gabriel Lichty charged with attempting to per form an abortion because 3 wit nesses were missing Hasner continued the trial un til the May term of court sched uled to open May 1 90 DESCENDANTS Gilbervilie Schmitz 83 who died at his farm home here Sunday left behind him 90 direct descendants including 10 sons and daughter 53 grandchil dren and 27 great grandchildren ON HONEYMOON Hollywood Actress Nancy Olson and Writer Allan Jay Lerner honeymooned Monday fol lowing their marriage here Sun day Weather Report FORECAST Mason City drizzle and snow flurries Mon day night Clearing Tuesday Not much change in tempera ture Low Monday night 28 High Tuesday 40 Iowa Light snow or freezing drizzle southeast and extreme east portions ending Monday night Tuesday mostly cloudy with little change in tempera ture Low Monday night 2025 northeast 2530 southwest Minnesota Cloudy Monday night with light snow southwest portion Tuesday partly cloudy and warmer Light snow ex treme southeast Low Monday night 18 to 25 north 22 to 26 south High Tuesday 32 to 38 north 36 to 40 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weatfter statistics tor the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Monday Maximum 29 Minimum 24 At 8 a m 27 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 34 26 GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Sunday Maximum 32 Minimum 20 At 8 a m 21 Snow trace YEAR AGO Maximum 30 Minimum 12 Prepare to Bring Ellis Back to Iowa Helena Mont fP Iowa au thorities Monday prepared to re turn home with custody of a 17 yearold boy they say has admit ted the hunting knife slaying of a Des Moines widow last month Before departing for Iowa with Thomas William Ellis of Des Moines Sheriff Howard Reppert of Des Moines Iowa said Thomas William Ellis had signed a state ment admitting he stabbed Mrs Flora Bryan 85 during a Feb 4 robbery attempt Ellis listed as absent without leave from Fort Riley Kans has been indicted for murder in con nection with the womans death Tells Story Reppert said Ellis statement gave this account of the womans death I hit her on the chin 4 or 5 times with my gloves on She went down with her head in a closet I plunged the knife into her heart The only sound was a gurgling one I was too scared to do any thing I left the knife in her heart Somebody had told me she had or in the house but after I stabbed her I was too scared to look through the house When I stabbed her I took the purse out of her pocket I tore the pocket I just got the change that was in it 5 Dollars The sheriff said the change amounted to about Reppert said Ellis told of going AWOL from Fort Riley Feb 1 and of staying for 2 nights in Des Moines with a sister Mrs Don na Allbee The day of the slaying the sheriff said Ellis went to the home of another sister Mrs Rob ert Smith He found the Smiths were away He said he obtained the sheath knife there Ellis told officers he was after Mrs Bryans money but I didnt take the knife there intending to kill her with it I planned to sell it if I couldnt get money from her Auto Insurance Kates Up for Young Drivers Des Moines XP Liability in surance rates on motor vehicles driven by any person under 25 years of age advanced about 20 per cent in Iowa Monday under a new rating schedule The schedule was announced by the national bureau of casual ty underwriters and the Iowa state insurance department The new ratei applicable in Iowa are part of a new schedule also placed in effect in 32 other states the District of Columbia and Alaska The increasing number of auto accidents involving young driv ers was responsible for the raise which resulted from a 3year study of the problem The increase in property dam age and personal injury rates on cars driven by younger drivers was accompanied by a drop of about 15 per cent In rates on cars not driven by any person under 25 In the new rate schedule the state is in effect divided into 3 ter Moines and Coun cil Bluffs in territory 1 Daven port Sioux City Waterloo Bur lington Cedar Rapids Clinton Dubuque and Fort Dodge in ter ritory 2 and the remainder of the state in territory 3 In territory 3 comprising the remainder of the state the new under 25 rate is on personal injury as compared with the old and on property damage as compared with the old In the same territory drivers over 25 get a reduction of on their personal injury rate and on their property damage rate Pleads Innocent to Murder Charge Anamosa UR Gumchewing Rudyard Birr 20 Chicago plead ed innocent Monday to a murder charge in the knife slaying of Baldimero Morales fellow Ana mcsa reformatory inmate The thin 6foot youth chewed gum throughout the 3minute ar raignment stopping only to reply not guilty when District Judge G K Thompson asked for his plea County Attorney James T Rem ley said he hoped to have the case tried in the April term of court opening here April 3 Judge J E Heiserman who presided at the Rutledge murder trial in Ce dar Rapids last year is scheduled to preside CHEMIST DIES Birmingham Nor man Haworth 68 Nobel prize winner for chemistry in 1937 died Saturday BURNED OUT exterior shell and the floors were all after an estimated fire which damaged a hotel and restaurant in Waterloo Sun day Other business concerns suffered damage but nobody was injured as firemen fought the 6hour blaze Fires in Iowa Do Damage of By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fires at Burlington Monday morning and at Waterloo and Muse a tine over the weekend caused a total damage of approx imately A death in Des Moines was attributed to fire Six firemen were injured and the loss placed at in the Burlington blaze The 3story Vet erans of Foreign Wars building there was destroyed At WaterdpQhja hotel andSptheLi business places were destroyed Unofficial estimates of damage ranged up to A grain elevator at Muscatine was damaged and the loss was estimated at Raging Inferno The Burlington fire which started about 2 a m burst through the roof of the 3story brick building about45 minutes later turning the corner into a raging inferno All offshift firemen were called to fight the blaze in the downtown business district Trucks from the nearby Iowa ordnance plant also responded to the alarm The VFW used the top 2 floors The first floor was occupied by the Goodyear service store Three of the 6 firemen were in jured seriously when a wall crashed Firemen got the blaze under control about a m Starts in Cafe The Waterloo fire starting in the basement of an adjoining cafe early Sunday burned down the old Congress hotel About 60 persons were driven into the subfreezing weather They included several elderly people who lived permanently in the hotel and 4 families includ ing several children At Des Moines Miss Mathilda Johnson 89 died at her home Sunday of burns suffered last Tuesday when her clothes caught fire apparently from a gas stove in her dining room FIGHT GRAIN ELEVATOR pouring water on a riverfront grain elevator fire at Mus catine which destroyed the top half of a large elevator The fire was blamed on a dust explosion Student Whose Room Bednasek Used Takes Witness Stand Gubitchev Starts Back for Russia New York A Gubitchev Monday started back for Russia and whatever fate the krernlin may decree for a soviet official who got caught spying The stubby Russian engineer diplomat sailed about Boon aboard the GdyniaAmerica liner Batpry i less than 2 Hours after his 15year prison sentence was suspended on condition he leave these shores never to return A big contingent of federal and city policemen along with justice department officials and Russian diplomats put the ship A force of policemen stayed abpard until the Batory left New York harbor to make sure the Russian didnt get off The pokerfaced Gubitchev broke into a smile just before he left the federal courthouse under heavy guard He said he wished good luck to Judith Coplon the exgovernment girl convicted with him of plotting to spy for the Rus sians Miss Coplon was sentenced to a straight 15year term She is free in bail while her appeal is being heard y Iowa City University of Iowa student whose room was used for a private wine and sea food dinner the night a Univer sity of Iowa coed met death tes tified Monday in the murder trial of Robert E Bednasek 24 He is Max Womack who de scribed events of the day and eve ning preceding the death of Mar garet Anne Jackson 20 Her body clad in a white formal gown was found about 2 a m Dec 11 in the rooming house where Womack and Bednasek stayed This was the 2nd rlay of direct testimony in the trial Womack testified Bednasek ar ranged with him the afternoon of Dec 10 to use his room that night He said Bednasek did not tell him why he wanted it Under crossexamination the Iowa stu dent said he had no objection to Bednaseks using the room Bednasek and Miss Jackson had a candlelight supper in the rooming house and then returned there again later after attending a formal dance at Bednaseks fra ternity Wcrnack who is from Dover Tenn testified that Bednasek from another room where Miss Jacksons body was found a short time later and asked if he might close Womacks door Several students were talking with Wo mack at the time Talking Rough On crossexamination Defense Attorney Clair Hamilton asked Womack You may have been talking a little loud perhaps cutting sometimes talking just a little rough Yes probably so Womack re plied Womack recalled hearing people talking and movement of feet as of persons walking around in the room where Bednasek and the co ed were In reply to Hamiltons questions he said the talk did not sound like quarreling He also said the move ment of feet did not sound like scuffling Bednasek has said they went to this room to have a night cap and dance to a record player Defense counselobjected to Wo macks appearance as a state wit ness on the same grounds raised last week against Al Kloberdanz a student who operated the room ing house Not Endorsed This objection was based on a defense contention that the wit ness name was not endorsed on a county attorneys information along with minutes of the pro posed testimony The 2nd morning witness was Joe Krapek junior frqm Osage who roomed with Womack Both Krapek and Womack testi fied that Bednasek pleaded with police to attempt torevive Miss Jackson with artinficial respira tion Two policemen testified last Fri day tiiai llicy iiiOuiTeu respiration by rubbing the girls arms and pressing her abdomen They said they did not disturb the position of the body in the room however Womack said Monday he saw no attempt made by police to revive the coed but under questioning by County Attorney White he ad mitted he was not present during all of the time police were in the room Krapek testifying along lines similar to Womack also told how Bednasek asked permission to use his room for a dinner party Benny was perfectly welcome to it Krapek said BULLETIN Washington Agricul tural department survey showed Monday that farmers plan to cut plantings of corn 59 per cent this year under a govern ment crop control program Okay All But One Part of Money Bill Washington house ap propriations committee Monday tentatively approved all parts of an omnibus money bill except the section dealing with defense funds It deferred action on that and on the bill as a whole until Tues day Chairman Cannon DMo told newsmen no changes were made in funds recommended last week by a central committee for other agencies than the defense depart ment However the final figures will not be made public by the committee until action is taken on the defense items While the committee worked on the huge money measure strong bipartisan support built up in the house behind a politicallyappeal ing plan to lop another billion off federal spending next year Its strong appeal to the law makers is that it would be aimed at non essential spending with the house appropriations commit tee having the job of saying what fits in that category Appropriations committee mem bers disclosed the plan as the committee started consideration Monday of an omnibus 0000000 bill financing more than 40 federal agencies for the 1951 fis cal year starting next July 1 The committee hopes to have the bill in shape to send to the house floor early this week It is slated lor house debate next week but wont be voted on until after the Easter recess Already Cut Committee members said the committee alreadyhas tentatively cut more than from the money requests in President Trumans billion budget Rep John Taber of New York top republican rof the appropria tions committee and a number of others want further reductions Another billion or 2 would be in order Taber told newsmen Republican strategy probably will be to withhold cutting drives until the bill reaches the amend ment stage in the house Any re ductions made by the committee could be credited to the demo cratic majority because committee votes are not made public House Group Votes to Cut ERP Expense Washington house foreign affairs committee Monday voted to cut a billion dollars cash from 1951 European recovery spending and substitute an equiv alent amount of surplus farm com modities The committee overrode admin istration objections in accepting an admendment by Rep Vorys R Ohio at a closeddoor committee session The vote not disclosed was said by Chairman Kee DW Va to have cut across party lines Vorys amendment slashes the 1951 cash spending authority of the economic cooperation administra tion to a flat 000000000 less than provided In the administration bill In lieu of the money the com modity credit corporation would make available surplus agricultur al commodities having a value of based on open mar ket prices How much of each surplus com modity would go to each partici pating nation would be deter mined by actual requirements Dies in Collision in Des Moines Des Moines Young 19 was killed Saturday in an in tersection collision within the city limits Young died at a hosoital shortly after the crash Rex Reese 19 and Jack Curtis 19 were injured All were from Des Moines Denies Any Communist Sympathies President Scotches Rumor Acheson May Be Fired From Job Washington 4P Ambassador Philip C Jessup branded as ut terly irresponsible Monday charges from Senator McCarthy RWis that he has an for communist causes He said they showed a shocking disre gard for the interests of our coun try From the witness chair of a sen ate investigating committee the envoyatlarge read a statement denying any communist sym pathies and 2 hitiiisg back hard at McCarthy for makingthe charges in the first place partic ularly at a time when Jessup was abroad conferring with foreign When he concluded there was a sharp burst of applause from the 200 or more spectators crowded into the room The commit d then for half ah hour over whether Mc Carthy and Jessup should be per mitted to crossexamine each other A decision was put off until a later closed meeting of the group Chides McCarthy During the wrangling Chairman Tydings DMdJ chided McCarthy for not giving the senate foreign relations subcommittee a list of 81 persons that McCarthy says are communists or communist sym pathizers in the state department McCarthy said last week that he was mailing the list to Tydings but Tydings1 said he had not re ceived it After a whispered conversation with McCarthy Senator Hicken looper RIowa turned the list of the 81 names over to Tydings Before the day is over Tyd ings said I shall ask the state departmerittb get the files on the persons named in my hands Tydings said the committee will study the r dosed doors Other Developments Outside the committee room there were these developments bearing on the row over McCar thys state chargesthat the state department is a harbor for reds 1 At Key West Fla President Truman put out word that he is backing Secretary of State Ache son to the hilt and that any ru mors Acheson might leave the cab inet are completely without foun dation McCarthy has said Ache son should be fired from the cabi net 2 At Passaic N J the marine corps league announced its nation al Americanism award for 195a will go to McCarthy for rousing the nation to the menace of bad security risks in our govemment While Jessup was testifying Tydings produced and read letters from Gen George C Marshall former secretary of state and Gen Dwight D Eisenhower prais ing Jessup for his loyalty and op position to communism The let ters were received by Jessup turned them over to Tydings Dubuque Trucker Dies of Injuries Dubuque suf fered in an auto accident on high way 151 last Thursday brought death to John A Gassman 34 yearold truck driver in a hos pital here late Friday night Coroner Norbert Behr said no inquest would be held He said an autopsy Saturday by Dr Ed win Thorseness county patholo gist showed death was caused by a fractured neck and injuries to the spinal cord Return NoBill on School Fund Shortage Red Oak fP Montgomery county grand jury Monday re turned a nobill in connection with a state audit report on the hand ling of Villiscas school funds County Attorney Robert J Rel iey said this means the grand jury found no cause of action against C A Vernon who resigned as su SAME M of schools st after a state audit report listed approximately in Villisca school funds as unaccounted Vernon has stated that the whole matter arose solely because he was too lenient in handling the school activities account and that as a result it had been depleted to such an extent that it isnot selfsupporting He stressed that no shortage of funds exists KELLED IN CRASH UPJrArlo 19 was killed Saturday night and 4 youths were injured when car side swiped 2 trucks 5 miles west of here on highway 30 ;