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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 20, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETT THE NEWSPAPIR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS E VOL LV1 Associated and United Press Full Lease Wires H O M E EDITION Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MAY 20 1950 BY BLASTThis is all that remained ofthe company plant which was wrecked at South Amboy N New Move to Avert Rail Strike June 1 Washington national mediation board was counting Sat urday on lastminute peace talks to avert a 2nd railroad strike with in a month The board arranged for the con ferences Tuesday between spokes men for the Switchmens Union of North America AFL and 10 western and midwestern rail roads At the governments request the union agreed Friday to moveup its strike deadline from 6 a m Tuesday to JJune 1 The union has demanded 48 hours pay for a 40hour week In an effort to back up these de mands it threatens to pull 6000 switchmen off these roads Chicago Great Western Chi cago Rock Island Pacific Dav enport Rock Island North Western Denver Rio Grande Great Northern Minneapolis St Louis Northern Pacific Terminal Company of Oregon St Paul Union Depot Co Sioux City Ter minal Railway Co andWestern Pacific Railroad Co There were signs however that the switchmen pjanned to strike only half the 10 threatened roads Such 3 procedure would follow the pattern in the recent week long strike of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engine men against 4 other railroads The firemen chose their strike targets carefully to prevent a coasttocoast tieup of service They thus avoided a government effort to get a court injunction on grounds that the strike threatened the national welfare Millions of Bushels of Potatoes From California Flood Country By VINCENT J BUEKE United Press Staff Correspondent Washington UP There may be something special about those potatoes you bought Saturday Millions of bushels of California potatoes for which there is no price started flooding into con sumer markets from coast to coast More than 400 car loads a day are rolling out the State All other potatoes land Vermont and Massachu Unless government proposals are approved by a 2tol vote these growers will receive nc price supports for their potatoes on the market are guaranteed price support But California potatoes within a few weeks time a brief up the bulk of the potatoes on the market The California growers were de prived of supports because they refjJsed tox accept government marketing restrictions Govern ment officials in Washington and potato growers in a dozen states are watching closely to see what happens Multiple Problem The question is Will California growers take a beating on prices Or will the government support for other potatoes hold up prices of the California potatoes too The answer may have a bearing on whether growers in some 12 other areas follow Californias lead in rejecting the government restrictions Supports for their to be being withheld pending their de cision on the restrictions Growers To Decide Growers in Maryland and Del aware will decide in a referendum Monday whether they want price supports or no marketing restric tions Growers in Long Island N Y will vote on a similar proposi tion soon There will be balloting later in upstate New York Neb raska Wyoming Pennsylvania and southern New England New Hampshire Connecticut Rhode Is Sets Hearing for Gas Line to North owa Des Moines Iowa state commerce commission Saturday set a hearing for June 12 in Des Moines on petitions of the North ern Natural Gas company Omaha to construct pipe lines in Iowa One proposed line would extend eastward to Marshalltown from the companys present line at Ames The 10inch pipe would serve the intermediate towns of Nevada Colo and State Center to gether with Marshalltown with natural gas The 2nd proposed line would parallel the present 24inch pipe line of the company from a point near Pacific Junction to Ogden thence north from Ogden to the north Iowa state line in Worth county This line would have a diameter of pipe of 26 inches and is for the purpose of increasing line capacity to towns now served GiobeGazeltc photo ONE WAY OF LOOKING AT ITThe first annual observance in the nation Forces day Saturday brought forth a large display of weapons communications and other equipment in Mason City s Central park National Guardsmen were on hand to explain the various exhibits even the field kitchen This 105millimeter howitzer was brought here Des Moines for the day Nineyearold Leroy Vrchota son of Mr and Mrs Curtis Vrchota 216 12th S E seems to be finding a better use for it than on the firing hne All branches of the service united Saturday in Armed Forces day which supplants the former separate Army and Navy days Tliis Paper Consists of TV ctioi One No 191 Prepare to Sacrifice Nation Told By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The American people were told Saturday that preparedness to the point of sacrifice is their best in surance against possible Russian aggression A call for mobilization of strength and resources sounde in major cities across the nation where key defense officials spoke in observance of the 1st armed forces day President Truman and Secretary of Defense Johnson led those who urged preparedness by calling Friday night for extension of the draft law Speaking extemporaneously at an armed forces dinner in Wash ington Mr Truman advocated a universal military training pro gram for the welfare and defense of the nation Blames Congress He said there never would have been a cold war if congress had voted a draft law in 1945 when he asked for it instead of waiting years Appearing with the president Johnson said the defense depart ment is working to build up a de fense of such formidability as to convince a possible aggressor that we cannot be beaten quickly on a hitandrun basis Gen Omar Bradley the nations top military man warned in a San Francisco speech that a Rus sian atomic attack is possible in few years and called for a bold new program to bolster defenses against the 2 headed monster of soviet communism Getting Hotter Other top figures in planning the national defense declared that the cold war is steadily getting hotter They warned of the pos sibility of global conflict and urged preparedness At Omaha Secretary of the Navy Francis P Matthews de clared unification of the armed forces is proceeding smoothly and harmoniously The navy secretary was in Oma ha to deliver a commencement address closing a 2week eco nomic mobilization course con ducted by the industrial college of the armed forces to more than 300 persons from 22 states He cited the economic mobi lization tourse tattght by offieers of all services as an example of this harmony Rock Island Contests Crossing at Estherville Des Moiiies Rock Is land Railroad has asked the dist rict court here to enjoin the Iowa Commerce Commission from en forcing an order that the railroad install warning signals at an Estherville crossing In its petition the railroad claimed Friday that commission orders of April and June 1949 exceeded the commissions author ity The commission ordered the railroad to install signals at the central avenue crossing in Esther ville The railroad said its present safety precautions at the crossing which include stopping of autos by a flagman are sufficient Installation of the signals would cost between and and would require about an nual expenditure for upkeep the petition said The city of Esther ville was named as a codefendant n the suit Explosive Blast Kills 26 Injures Hundreds at Port A T A i i Ap Wlrephoto BLAST baby girl was born to Mrs Frank Kris kowski Sayreville N J Friday night as munition barges blew upin Earitan bay Nurse J Ritter holds the little infant in South Amboy Memorial hospital Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Same as Iowa Low Saturday night 40 to 45 High Sunday around 70 owa Partly cloudy through Sun day Low Saturday night near 40 north 40 to 45 south High Sunday 75 north 78 south Northwesterly winds 10 to 15 MPH Sunday Low Sunday night 40 to 48 Generally fair and continued dry Monday and Tuesday little change in tem perature High Monday 75 to 78 Minnesota Partly cloudy Satur day night and Sunday Not much change in temperature Low Saturday night 3540 north near 40 south High Sunday 70 75 south and 6570 north except lower close to Lake Superior IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics or the 24 hours ending at 8 a m aturday Maximum 62 Minimum 42 At 8 a m 59 Precipitation 14 iTEAR AGO Maximum 55 Minimum 45 USDA Claims Farm Income Drop for 50 By RICHARD POWERS Washington income for the nations farmers this yea will be well under 1949 totals th agriculture department said Sat urday Cash receipts from marketing in 1950 may total around with 000000 last year the departmen forecast The reason Prices farmers receive for theL products have generally been be low those of a year ago while their costs have declined only slightly the department said This situation is expected to con tinue for the rest of the year Most States Drop Although there are some ex ceptions most states showed a drop in the cash receipts theii farmers received from marketing in the 1st 3 months of this yeai compared with the same perioc in 1949 Iowa led all the states witl received from Janu ary through March of this year That was a drop however from the for the same months in 1949 Illinois was in 2nd place with for this years 3 months figures a sharp rise from the that states farm ers got in the same period in 1949 Texas Comes Up Texas in 3rd place with 446000 showed an even steepei jump In 1949 Texas farmers received only for the 1st 3 months Fourthplace California with 4tin w 1 V 1 registered a decline of nearly from last years total The last of the top 5 states Min nesota showed a total of 000 compared with for the same 3 months in 1949 Other state totals for the 3 month period respectively for 1949 and 1950 and South 703000 and Dakota and 293000 Nebraska and Kansas 483000 and HESSPLEADS INNOCENT Iowa City plea of inno cent was entered Friday by Geof frey Hess 28 to an indictment charging him with assault with intent to inflict great bodily in jury Hess is a former University of Iowa student The charge grew out of an incident in an Iowa City cafe when a high school student was slashed in the face with a broken water glass Hess was re leased on bond SAME Black ting meant traffic death In put 24 Hoori Randolph Lead Slight in Bid for ReElection Indianapolis dent Woodruff Ind Randoiph of the AFL International Typographical union held a slight lead for re election Saturday but his oppon ent C G Sparkman refused to concede the election Randolph seeking his 13th term as a top officer of the union had an unofficial total of 26264 votes compared with Sparkmans 23493 However the returns were from only 220 of the unions 800 locals and represented a vote of 70000 of the total membership of 90000 Randolph conducted his pro gressive party campaign on the opposition to the TaftHartley law Sparkman heading up the in dependent party attacked Ran dolph on the large number of strikes called against papers dur ing Randolphs 6 years as presi dent Humboldt Attorney Seeks Judgeship Humboldt Jaqua 50 Humboldt attorney Saturday announced his candidacy for 1 of the 3 nominations for the supreme court of Iowa to be made by the GOP judicial convention in Des Moines in July Jaqua is the son of the late Frank Jaqua a master publish er of Iowa He is a graduate of the University of Iowa law school in 1924 He is a past member of the board of governors of the Iowa State Bar association and past president of the 14th judicial dis trict bar association 300 Hurt Ammunition May Belong to Pakistan Purchase By LEONARD LEDDINGTON South Amboy N J thunderous ammunition explosion that ripped this waterfront city and was heard in 3 states left possibly 26 persons dead and at least 312 in jured today Thebig blast of 600 tons of ammunition being loaded on barges shook the earth at p m Friday night Mayor John Leonard of this 10000 population city 21 miles southwest of New York said every house in South Am boy was damaged by the shattering blast It appeared to have snowed glass in the streets of the city The number of injured was nounced by the American Red Cross Ten were in critical condi tion Four bodies lay in an impro vised morgue 2 identified One of the identified was listed as among those loading ammunition There were 22 others still unaccounted for Car Hits Stump lowan Killed Montczuma Edward Schmidt 42 Searsboro was killed instantly here about Friday mid night when a car in which he was riding left a highway and smashed into a stump Loren Ranfeld 23 Deep River told Poweshiek county officers he wasdriver of the car and appar ently was unconscious for about 4 after the crash Ranfeld said ihe 2 men started to leave town shortly before midnight and the accident occurred before they were outside the corporate limits Officers said the accident was re ported by Ranfeld about a m Will Announce Census Counts Washington the 1950 copulation count more than 95 per ent complete the census bureau las decided to have the tentative igures announced locally for cit ies of 1000 or more The announcements will be Among those listed as missing were 3 sons of the president of the firm which was loading the barges the James Healing com pany stevedores Whose Ammunition In New York the Isbrandtsen line said ammunition in South Amboy was destined for 1 of its AMMO MAY BELONG TO PAKISTAN SHIPMENT Washington UR State de partment officials Saturday con firmed that Pakistan had been authorized to munitions in this country As soon as the facts are known we will determine whether the shipment which exploded at South Amboy was covered by license said John C Elliott chief of the departments munitions section Officials said Pakistan re ceived a license about 2 months ago to buy commercially a cer tain quantity of munitions for defensive purposes They included antitank mines antipersonnel mines and other explosives Exact nature and size of the shipment re mains secret The state department said it had no official connection with the arms transaction after grant ing the license and that the task of seeing to it that there was no violation of smuggling or safety laws fell to customs officials vessels the Flying Clipper Butfi spokesman said it was not known if that was the ammunition which exploded Defense officials in Washington said they believed it was probably part of a commercial shipment Speculation that the shipment might have been bound for Pak istan was not confirmed at the Pakistan embassy Rep Auchincloss RN J said he is considering asking for a congressional investigation of the explosion Auchincloss told a reporter he has asked the coast guard and New Jersey officials to advise him of any violations of regulations of a nature that would warrant con gressional inquiry Officials reported the damage would run into the millions The Pennsylvania railroad said its dock area where the blast occurred had suffered damage Police Ring City A state of emergency was de clared in this city of 10000 popu lation State police ringed the out skirts to bar the curious The explosion sent 600 tons of munitions into the sky over lower New York harbor Rumors of an atomic attack spread through the community as the blast sent a spout of black smoke towering over the town Troopswith bayonets drawn patrolled the area throughout the night Officers said there was no looting Extra guards were posted out side 2 banks which had been blown open by the blast After the initial explosion there was nothing more than a city wide shower of glass and a sprinkling of fires concentrated jn the wharf area By morning only 2 of the dead vere in Perth Amboys businpss district where plate glass windows were shattered The city seemed ironically peaceful at dawn Saturday morn ing White helmeted military policemen were posted at strategic points throughout the area and firemen moved quietly through the city distributing sheets of wall board for patching purposes Stays Up All Night The mayor stayed up all night at city hall The outside of the 2story building was draped in black over its archway and win dows But it was in mourning for a police captain who died more than a month ago l Military mines which had been showered off the barges during the big explosion caused several smallscale blasts during the night But these seemed just firecracker stuff by comparison These mine explosions were con centrated in the wharf area and the military commander guarding that section said it would remain closed to all personnel until army mine detector specialists could be brought in later Saturday to clear the explosives Nightmarish Scene for Amboy Victims South Amboy N J pers crowded the downtown area Friday night Families sat down to dinner Dock workers headedfor home Rain fell from dismal gray clouds It was p m A minute later this town of 10000 was blqwn to hell Panic gripped main street Men women and children were showered with slivers of glass and chunks of wood and buildings Some stood in their tracks clutching bloodied arms and legs fearwhiten ed faces etched against the fiery red glow from the waterfront where 4 ammunition barges had disappeared into space in a thun dering roar Men gathered their families around them and rushed into the still holding dinner napkins Motorists fled their cars where they stopped Cries of atom bomb and this is war filled the niffht air Dock workers those lucky enough to be at the spot where the 4 barges they were loading once floated A railroad policeman Luke Lyons was about 100 feet away when the barges let go Badly injured he said after the explosion I looked out and couldnt see any Debris filled the air adding a whistling crescendo to the full boom of the blast Bodies and parts of bodies one in the grimy wreckagefilled water Cries of help me filled the gloomy dock blast had cut off power and electri city In town gaping holes that were once curtained windows and gaily decorated store fronts looked out e utter isolation building in this explo sionbelt city escaped without at made this month and into June Original plans had ocal announcements called only for for counties and for cities having more than 10000 population The Bureau plans no announcements at all now for towns with less than 000 population had been identified They were Frank Cinelli about 23 of Jersey City and Syverd Hagen of Brook lyn Mayor James J Flynn of Perth Amboy a city of 48000 3 miles across the Raritan river south Amboy estimated that 75 per cent of the homes in his city were damaged About 300 residents of Perth Amboy were cut by flying glass and treated on the streets by rov least some damage front of the seemed to leap out into the street e weile cut by ayjns and they stood as if hypnotized as blod poured from their wounds t Andrew Kudrick wife 01 a photographer who was work inS J a dress shop on Broadway The center of town was utter confusion with fire engines and police sirens adding to the din she added Shoppers forgot packages and ran Children whimpered and Have You Been Counted In The 1950 Census IF NOT PHONE 3800 BEFORE 7 P M y V ;