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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 30, 1961, Mason City, Iowa North lowai Daily Newspaper Idittd Htmt MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION VOL The n e w s p a pve iv that makes all North lowans Prew and Full MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 30 1961 neighbors To a Paper of Two Nt U S unveils vast economy move Will close 73 bases Story of Jesus not invented Some doubt resurrection By LOUIS CASSELS United Press On a spring morning about 1930 years ago a detachment of Roman soldiers escorted a young Jew to a hill outside the city of Jerusalem and nailed him hand and foot to a Tshaped wooden cross He died in agony three hours later His friends and followers who had expected him to establish a kingdom fled into hiding They were so afraid for their own lives that even the boldest of them a fisherman named Peter hotly denied that he had ever known the man who was executed Had the matter rested there the world would never have heard of Jesus of Nazareth But it has heard of him insistently for 20 centuries And there are today some 800 million people around the globe who call him Lord WHAT HAPPENED Religious liberals who look upon Jesus as a great human teacher have one explanation The disciples they say un derwent a subjective inward experience which convinced them that Jesus was still with them in spirit This reassurance gave them renewed faith and the courage to go forth and proclaim to the world Jesus indestructible message about the redemptive power of love This explanation appeals to people who do not believe in miracles But it has one great disadvantage It completely contradicts the story which the disciples themselves told That story has been pre served in vivid detail in the written records of the early church which are now called the New Testament THESE RECORDS it clear that the disciples were not speaking figuratively or sym bolically when they said that Jesus rose from the dead They were speaking as literally as men ever spoke about an actual physical event which took them totally by surprise and which none of them was able to be lieve until he had seen the evidence with his own eyes It is equally clear from the very naivete of the written records that the disciples did not invent the story of the resurrection as a sort of logical capstone to their theological suppositions about Jesus One often hears that the modern scientific mind has great difficulty in accepting the physical resurrection of Jesus as an historical fact But there is nothing modern about the difficulty The apostle Paul en countered precisely the same altitude in 56 A D when he preached to the sophisticated Greeks in the great Mediterran ean trading center of Corinth THE CORINTHIANS were proud of their reputation as a cosmopolitan people willing to tolerate any religious belief from oriental mysticism to the temple prostitution cult 01 Aphrodite They were ready to welcome Christianity too if Paul would only admit that his fantastic story about a resur rection was just another myth full of symbolic value but not of course really true But Paul who was as well versed in Greek thought as any one in Corinth refused to modi fy his story to make it more palatable to politely skeptical intellectuals In a letter to the Corinthians he insisted that the resurrection of Christ was not an allegory but a literal fact which was witnessed by more than 500 persons most of whom arc still alive And that is the good news that Christians will be cclcbral ing throughout world this Easter weekend THE SPIRIT OF EASTER Lights in windows of skyscrapers in the Wall AP Photofax Christ and the two thieves Structures Street area in New York form crosses from left are Cities Co First as a reminder of the Easter season Crosses represent the crucifixion of National City Bank and Chase Man hattan Bank Air money matters No sales tax boost GOP Foreign posts cut too WASHINGTON ff The De fense Department announced Thursday the closing or curtail ment of activities at 52 military bases and installations in the United States Twentyone bases overseas al so are being closed or cut back Secretary of Defense Robert S McNamara said this was the first phase of a White House plan to eliminate obsolete or surplus installations among the 6700 bases at home and abroad THE ESTIMATED annual savings from the action may eventually reachS220 million although this amount would not be saved during the several years needed to carry out the cutback program The cutback will affect about 15000 civilians and military personnel in the United States and about 19000 overseas Of the 15000 in the United States about 9000 are civilians working at bases and 6000 are military Overseas about 15000 are military and 4000 civilians McNamara told newsmen the Defense Department will do all possible to relocate persons who lose jobs by the shutdowns HE SAID THAT since the cut back program will be carried out over a period ranging from 12 to 36 months there should not be any sudden sharp GEORGE W BIRD George Bird to retire at Oliver Corp CHARLES CITYGeorge W Bird manager of the Oliver orp tractor plant here since 1944 will retire next month it was announced Thursday by Samuel W White Jr Oliver president Bird got into the tractor busi ness in 1915 when he came to harles City to work onthe as sembly floor of the old Hart Parr Tractor Co In 1929 Hart Parr joined three other com panies to form the Oliver farm iquipment organization BIRD WAS BORN and reared on a farm near Oelwcin but tvas working on a ranch in Mon tana when he decided to join HartParr His early experi nce in tractormaking was in the assembly foundry and elec trical departments After serving 13 months in Ihe Armed Forces during World War I Bird left Oliver for nine years only to return to work in the machine shop in 1928 IN 1935 Bird was made shop superintendent of the Charles City plant and two years later he went to Olivers Springfield Ohio plant as plant manager In 1941 he moved to South Bend Ind to become plant manager of the Oliver operation there Bird returned to Charles Cily on special assignment in April 1943 and has been here ever since Bird expects to be in Charles City until the end of April it which time he will retire with his wife Helen to Florida His successor at the Charles City plant will be announced next week White said PUBLIC HANGING ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia Gen Manguista N e w a y 45 leader of the December abor tive revolt against Emperor Haile Selassie was hanged Thursday before thousands in the Ethiopian capitals big ccn tral square DES MOINES ffl The Re publican State Central Com mittee said Thursday it was opposed to any increase in the state sales tax during this ses sion of the Iowa Legislature It was the consensus of the committee that no action be taken on a sales tax increase at this time said Robert Ty son committee executive sec retary THE ISSUE was discussed by the GOP committee at a meet ing in Des Moines Tyson said He added that the thinking of the committee has been for warded to the Republican ma jority leaders and chairman of the Ways and Means Commit tees in both houses of the leg islature Gov Norman Erbe told a group of legislative leaders Monday that he would veto any bill boosting the states present two per cent sales tax to three per cent Erbe met with 20 legislative leaders Thursday morning to discuss appropriations and taxes but the governor said no conclusions were reached The legislators still are not at the point where they are ready to compare appropri ations from the various sub committees th e governor said But I feel that in each of these discussions we come closer to a solution by compar ing different views and atti tudes THURSDAYS discussion Erbe said centered in part on a proposed across the board cut in the governors record million on a year budget He said also discussed was a proposal to hold the line on the present million a year budget and using the remain ing money he has asked for di rect property tax relief He said he plans to meet again with the legislators sometime next week A YOUNG MANS FANCY While Iowas weather talk still is confined to AP Photofax Shotwell and Stewart Howe both of Arlington Va take in the view of the last weekends rapid thaw and heavy flowering Japanese cherry trees at the rains and resulting floods in Washing ton D C its definitely spring Kassie Tidal Basin In background is the Wash ington monument Cedar Rapids girds for flood waters CEDAR RAPIDS gen eral feeling of confidence per vaded Iowas second largest city Thursday as a record flood swept down the Cedar River Valley toward it The rampaging river tossed a multimillion dollar punch at Waterloo 67 miles northwest of here Wednesday Officials of critical impact on employes that industrial city said it would Thursdays announcement did not identify the 21 bases which are being closed down or cut back overseas They will be dis closed sometime during the next two or three weeks McNamara said the reduction in overseas base operations would contribute substantially to the effort of the United States to reduce the outflow of gold Dollars spent by military per sonnel abroad build up dollar credits in foreign countries which may ask payment from the United States in gold take weeks to clean up the mess Cedar Rapids officials ad mitted however they didnt know what to expect when the floodwaters strike CLOUDY McNAMARA estimated thatj eventually this cutback owa partly c lo ud y through Friday Lows Thurs day night near 30 Highs Fri N ews in a nutshell FROM OUR WIRE SERVICES Holiday for JFK PALM BEACH Fla President Kennedy has arrived for a fourday Easter holiday with the crisis of Laos still threatening The jet plane was held on standby to whisk the President back to the capital within two hours should an emergency situation arise He joined his family for a brief vacation in the sun at the Kennedy oceanfront home Fire loss may hit W CLEVELAND Ohio A fouralarm fire ripped through a threestory apartment building on the citys east side killing at least seven persons Ten per sons were injured in fleeing their apartments and firemen feared at least three others were in the rub ble Race violence probed WASHINGTON The Justice Department an nounced that the FBI is investigating an outbreak of violence in Jackson Miss where nine Negroes were convicted of conducting sitins Narcotics treaty signed UNITED NATIONS A milestone in world wide efforts to control drug addiction was passed when delegates signed an international narcotics treaty Which a U S official described as an utterly remarkable achievement No more concessions GENEVA The western powers said they have conceded as much as they can to Russia on banning atomic teats and whether the world lives free of fear of an atomiciwar now ie entirely up to Moscow seas base operations might save perhaps million a year in balance of payment operations McNamara said the most sig nificant facilities to be closed were the Armys Benicia Calif arsenal the Air Forces Pres cfue Isle Maine Base the Armys St Louis Mo ordnance slant and the Air Forces Har1 ingen Texas Base where navi ation training is being stopped Four types of facilities were affected in the announcement Air bases and training sta tions which have been made useless by changes in service missions types of weapons and manpower strength Governmentowned industrial facilities no longer needed Vone of these is currently in active manufacturing Overhaul and repair facilities being run at low capacity Storage depots McNamara said the military had 50 million square feet of excess storage space most of it Army He also said there soon will be 35 per cent excess capacity in Air Ma teriel Command depots On the inside Editorials Page 4 Comics 6 Society News 789 North Iowa News 12 Sports 1516 Clear Lake News 17 Latest Markets 18 Mason City News 1819 day in mid 40s Iowa Partly cloudy through Friday Warmer west and north Thursday night lows near 30 Highs Friday 4550 Further outlook Partly cloudy with seasonable tem peratures Saturday Minnesota Variable cloudiness continued cool Highs Friday in 30s A 225foot crest was forecastequipment and merchandise out by the Weather Bureau to reach of basements here Friday morning But Streets Commissioner Jack Eg gleston looks for a 21foot crest Either one would be well over the record 2001 flood peak of 1929 HOWEVER this will be the first maximum flood test of a dike system constructed since 1929 Cedar Rapids is protected by a seawall through the business district and a IVimile levee ex tending from it to guard the northwest side Construction of three additional dikes was planned to help hold out the river Officials believe 1500 persons will have to be evacuated from their homes Business firms along the river were moving Erbe orders flood survey DES MOINES Nor man Erbe revealed that Iowa Civil Defense Director Ben Fowler and Kent Hutton an en gineer with the national Civil Defense office in Denver sur veyed the northeast Iowa flood area by plane Thursday morn ing The Cedar River crest ap proached Vinton 42 miles up stream from Cedar Rapids Thursday morning The river was up to 183 feet over flood it already had topped the previous record crest set in the 1929 flood AS THEY DID at Waterloo teenagers worked throughout the night in helping build a sandbag levee around the Vin ton municipal electric plant Schools were closed there Thurs day Some sections of Cedar ids already had flood water in them although the river was just at flood stage of 13 feet Water was flowing over Ellis Boulevard with 15 inches of water in some places over Otis Road and the Rock Island Rail road underpass Quaker Oats plant suspended normal operations Thursday It employs about 500 Penick Ford one of the citys major industries was threatened but still operating THE IOWA dispatched 20 National Guard trucks to Cedar Rapids from Fairfield The Red Cross ordered 300 cots from 5th Army in Chicago to care for persons forced from their homes Red Cross officials estimated that 6000 persons were forced SAME DATEWO102 Mentis No Denlh III 21 Hours Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 am Thursday Maximum 37 Minimum 24 At 8 am 28 Sunrise Sunset YEAR AGO Maximum 52 Minimum 34 State withholding tax plan approved ST PAUL Minn UPI A bill to withhold state tax on ini come moved to the Governorsj desk Thursday from the House where it brought a thumping 10435 approval The measure included a provision that state income taxes paid this year may be deducted from state i taxes due April 15 1962 Roads still closed by flood waters DES MOINES Iowa Highway Commission said Thursday the following roads still were closed by high water or washouts US 218 north of Cedar Falls US 20 east of Cedar Falls US 20 in Waterloo Iowa 101 north of Vinlon Iowa 3 west of Shell Rock and Iowa 31 southwest of Corrccliohville Erbe had asked them to their homes in Waterloo jvey the area to see which secicedar Falls and Evansdale lions could qualify for federalAbout 80 per cent of Evansdale disaster aid The areas surjwas flooded veyed included Mason City in Waterloo alone Mayor Ed Greene Charles City and estimated the dam jerloo iagc at S60 million not including As soon as they report loss in wages at factories iErbc will notify officials inland business places forced to Washington close CIVIL WAR MEMENTO It probably will come as a surpriseto many lowans that a gold pen reportedly used by Gen Robert E Lee to sign the articles of agreement surrendering the Confederate Army to Gen U S Grant on April 91865 is on display at the State Historical Building in DCS Moines State Sen Joseph Platt Winterset chairman of the Iowa Civil War Centennial Commission holds the pen S B Keffcr Council Bluffs donated the pen to the statt ;