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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 8, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME CMRTMEHT THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS ION This Paper Consists ol Two Ona ont Coovl MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY KUYfcaump VOL LIV Aaodited Pro United Press Full Lmed Wire Five Cents a WINTER BLASTS SWEEP OVER IOWA VOICE TEACHER OPPOSITION TO IOWA TAX CUT Secretary of State Association States Surplus Not Sufficient Des Moines to any reduction in Iowas state in come tax was sounded Saturday by Charles F Martin executive secretary of the Iowa State Educa tion association Martin told the annual associa tion convention that sufficient surplus does not exist to warrant calling a special session to reduce state revenue A similar sentiment was voiced Friday night by F K Schmidt of Eldora association president who said this is not the time to cut any kind of state income that should be used for public school support The ISEA officials thus gave notice that they disagree sharply with persons advocatingan early special session to return 1948 state income tax collections to the 50 per cent basis followed in the past several years The 1947 legislature voted to collect at the 100 per cent rate next year Martin said that a reduction in state revenues could easily in volve the state in deficit spending and added that If a special session is called friendi of education will make every effort to secure addi tional revenue for education Martin said a emer gency state school aid appropria tion voted by the 1947 legislature should be made permanent and Elect North lowans Bes M o i n e North were elected to office jtvthe State Education as here Thjr were Mtrjorie Lenning boldt treasurer of the Iowa County Superintendents asso ciation Gladys Morris Eagle Grove vice president of school librarians A Dwight Ander son Clear Lake president of the Iowa Association of Science Teachers and Frank Neeley Charles City president of Vo cations Agriculture Instructors declared additional appropria tions of approximately to will be necessary to underwrite onefourth of next years school costs Martin said those who believe the state treasury balance is dan gerously large are basing their belief on what he called abnor mal state general fund income in the 3 months ended Sept 30 1947 He said It was doubtful this inflated income will continue for the remaining 21 months of the blennium Martin said that if state income remained at the 194647 peak re ceipts over the current bienniuin would total and that a deficit of would re main after in appro priations by the last legislature were deducted The executive secretary also said tentative ISEA goals for the 1949 legislature include making emergency aid permanent estab lishing what he called a sensible minimum wage law for teachers and a new school transportation law ChildKilled in Explosion at Davenport Davenport child was killed and 9 persons including 6 children were injured Friday night when an explosion demol ished 2 apartments near the edge of the citys business district Two of the 9 victims in Mercy hospital were in critical condition suffering from burns and cuta The explosion which police said was caused by a gas leak from an undisclosed source wrecked 2 of the row of apartments a half block long on Warren street The blast was felt throughout the business district of this east central Iowa community of 70000 and debris was tossed for nearly a half block The apartments occupied by the families of Mr arid Mrs Harvey Hertig and Mr and Mrs William R Wymer were wrecked by the explosion The Hertigs 6 year old daughter Mary was killed and her mother and 2 young sisters were injured Others injured included Mr and Mrs Wymer and their 3 young daughters and Mrs Clara Haas 75 The building housing the apart ments was about 40 feet wide and extended 30 feet back from the street It literally was blown to bits Firemen called to the scene to extinguish a blaze which started in the debris dug the victims from under the wreckage The firemen said the building was so completely shattered that the largest pieces remaining were about 3 feet square The hospital reported that at one time 12 persons were in the emer gency operating room at the same time The 12 included victims of the blast and victims of an auto accident which occurred shortly after the blast The injured all in a hospital Mrs Harvey Hertig 40 2nd degree burns entire body and shock Carrie Jane Hertig 7 severe burns on body Judith Ann Herfig 10months 2nd degree burns on body William R Wymer 30 shoulder and skull injuries and lacera Rita Wymer 26 scalp lac erations Rita May Wymer 7 severe lac erations Carol Ann Wymer 3 2nd de gree bums on body condition critical William Roy Wymer Jr 2 2nd decree burns entire body condi tion critical Mrs Clara Haas 75 abrasions A 3way investigation was un derway Saturday by county and city officials However they were hampered somewhat because of the disintegration of the building parts of which were scattered over an area of several hundred feet C P Conrad president of the IowaIllinois Gas and Electric Company stated Saturday a sud ren break in the feeder gas main which runs from the gas plant to the regulator stations feeding the northeast part of the city was be lieved to have caused the explo sion Gas from the break seeped through the ground to the building in which the explosion occurred There was no evidence of leakage in the low pressure Con rad said CLEAR BLAST start cleaning up the wreckage Saturday after an explosion caused by gas leak destroyed this 2 apartment building at Daven AP Wircphoto port and killed a child Debris was tossed for nearly half a block Notice the car in front battered by bricks Caught Short Jefferson City 1947 Missouri deer season opened Thursday A conservation agent patrolling the woods came upon a discon solate hunter The hunter leaned his rifle against a tree so he could use both hands to gesture complain ingly because he had seen no game Standing unarmed he had no opportunity to shoot at a 9point buck that jumped up almost un der his feet Iowa Man Drowns While Hunting Ducks in Lake Creston E Branner 25 Creston was drowned in Sum mit lake near here late Friday when the boat from which he was hunting ducks capsized throwing him into the icy waters Branner had gone hunting with Bob Rosenow and Pete Slater and he was picking up crippled ducks the trio had shot when the boat overturned He clung to the side of the boat but the cold and shock forced him to loosen his hold He slipped under the water just as a police rescue squad ar rived Rosenow and Slater in another boat were unable to reach their friend in time An unidentified person on shore called police Branner is survived by his wife and 3 children Easy Hunting Omaha will nev er be better than it was for F H Crisman this week Crisman was standing in his back yard when a flock of mal lards flew over One of the ducks its whig injured dropped out of the flock and into the back yard Victorious Poultrymen Hail End of Chickenless Thursday Coast Guard Cutter Rescues Freighter in Storm on Great Lakes Lndingtoa Mich a dramatic race through 25 to 30 foot seas the little coast guard cutter Sundew Saturday took in tow the stricken Great Lakes freighter Jupiter and her crew of 28 The cutter got a line aboard and pulled the wallowing and disabled 3000ton freighter out into Lake Michigan away from treacherous reefs in the socalled graveyard of ships Coast guard officials who su pervised the Sundews mercy dash of 150 miles from St Joseph Mich said the Jupiter was no longer in danger unless the tow line breaks She will be towed to a Wiscon sin port officials added probably Manitowoc A 2nd coast guard vessel the Mackinaw was within 45 minutes of the scene and prepared to assist the Sundew VATICAN CHOIR The Vatican choir composed of 30 men and 24 boys picked from the 4 principal churches in Rome will give its only Iowa concert at the Roosevelt field house in Mason City Friday evening at oclock under the direction of the Rt Rev Mons Licinio Refice above who was authorized by Pope Pius XH to make the tour of the United States Hawaii and Canada See story and picture on Page 14 Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy Satur day night and Sunday with oc casional snow flurries Satur day night and Sunday night Continued cold Low Saturday night near 25 high Sunday 38 Iowa Generally fair and contin ued cold Saturday except partly cloudy with snow flurries ex treme northeast Sunday partly cloudy and continued cold with snow flurries beginning west portion in the forenoon and spreading to east portion by late afternoon Shippers Forecast Prepare per ishable shipments for the fol lowing open country tempera tures in Iowa Saturday night 25 to 30 northwest 30 south west 26 southeast and 25 to 30 northeast Minnesota Cloudy and continued cold with snow flurries Satur day night Sunday increasing cloudiness with scattered snow flurries an8 continued cold IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Saturday morning Maximum 35 Minimum 25 At 8 a m Saturday 25 Precipitation Snow i inch YEAR AGO Maximum 47 Minimum 35 Now Ask Consumers to Eat More Poultry to Save Grain for Europe Washington IP Victorious poultry men Saturday hailed the end of poultryless Thursday with a call for the public to eat more instead of fewer chickens Pledged to save 56000000 bushels of grain by reducing the size of their flocks the growers faced the problem of peddling 136000000 birds between now and Jan face of huge cold storage suppliesalready on hand In a joint statement with Sec retary of Agriculture Anderson the citizens food committee headed by Charles Luckman Friday night called an immediate morator ium on the poultryless days while retaining the Thursday ban on eggs In Los Angeles for ceremonies attending the start of a trans continental friendship train with foodstuffs for overseas Luck man said This committee has been under tremendous pressure for several weeks to remove the ban on poultryless Thursday out no agreement was reached until the poultry industry came up with a definite program showing where 56000000 hushels of grain could he saved The committee referred to its action as a suspension while th new program is given a chance but the opinion around Wash ington was that poultryless Thursday was as dead as a cole storage duck The poultry industry in it substitute program pledges to 1 Reduce the number of broile chicks J below normal seasona levels by Jan 31 and baby chic for all purposes by per cent between Feb 1 and Jun 0 for a combined saving of 21 00000 bushels of grain 2 Cut the turkey hatch 12 per ent compared with 1947 levels or a 4700000 bushel saving 3 Reduce duck production 15 er cent compared with 1947 sav ng 350000 bushels 4 Cull O S chicken flocks from 536000000 to 400000000 birds by fan 1 saving 30000000 bushels NORTH lOWHN IN FATAL ACCIDENT Humboldt IP Mrs Harold Wilson about 25 of Goldfield was killed shortly before noon Satur day when the car in which she was riding struck ice and turnet over 3 times Two other Goldfield women Mrs Fay Kelling and Mrs Har old Biggnes riding with Mrs Wil son escaped with minor injuries The accident happened 4 mile south of here on highway No 160 Sheriff E H Bradley of Humbold said all 3 women were hurled through the top of the vehicle H added that this was the 6th traffi fatality in Humboldt county thi year SAME Black flaj means traffic death in pas 24 hours own Terrorized by Young Gunmen Fosston Minn des one 8 and the other 10 ears old Saturday traded tears or the bullets with which they errorized this northern Minne ota community during a night ong crime spree Thursday night nd early Friday The 2 fired so many rounds of immunition officers mustered a itizens posse to combat whai hey thought was an adult band of gunmen before Fridays day ight disclosed the diminutive riggermen Sheriff Torel Knutson called i a miracle that no one was hit dur ing the lengthy exchange of rifle lire as the 2 grade schoolboys bar ricaded themselves fifst in a fill ing station and later in the loca stockyards before succumbing t he superior fire of their pursuers Settle 136Day Old Strike at Shipyards Washington settlernen of the 136 day old strike of 2200 workers at 8 Bethlehem ship yards on the Atlantic coast wa announced early Saturday afte an allnight meeting union an company officials and federa mediators The settlement which must b ratified by members of the CI Marine and Shipbuilding unior covers all the struck Bethlehem plants except the Patapsco Sera company Fairfield Md wher 900 workers are on strike Negotiations for settlement that dispute will start ne Wednesday NoVi 12 William N Margolis assistan director of the U S federal med ation and conciliation service an nounced the major settlemen which provides among othe things for a 12 cents an hou wage increase It is due to go in effect Monday Nov 10 Fires Strike in 2 Iowa Communities By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS One Iowa town was without telephone service and had only emergency postoffice service Sat urday and a Rock Island rail road stockyards in another town was destroyed in 2 fires Friday night Ashton Iowa was left without telephone service when the tele phone office postoffice and drug store which were housed In 2 frame buildings were destroyed by a fire believed to have started from an overheated furnace Jerry Knudsen manager of the drug store which was owned by Mrs Grace Reinsch turned in the alarm and summoned fire depart ments from Sibley and Sheldon to attle the blaze Shortly after he ailed the switchboard owned by entral Public Service of George wa went dead The 2 buildings were owned by ilrs Clara Carmichael Knudsen stimated damage at a art of which he said was cov red by insurance At Grinnell a fire which swept he Rock Island railroads stock ards Tuesday night caused dam ge which Manager Paul McCon ell Saturday estimated at 00 He said the loss was covered argely by insurance A strong wind whipped a small traw fire of undetermined origin nto a raging blaze which en ulfed the yards and destroyed le loading chutes 8 steers 6 ogs and 17 tons of hay and traw The yards which cover a uarter of a block were rebuilt ast year at a cost of An adjoining small office and cale house large oil storage anks nearby and a freight ware house across the tracks were de troyed Earlier a quonsettype building on the outskirts of Grinnell burnedwith a loss estimated by Claude Ahrens at He said he building was used as a fac ory for wooden playground equipment Kurt Schuschnigg Gives University Talk Despite Protest of Professors Lincoln Nebr the protests of 7 history professors Kurt Schuschnigg described his activities as Austrian chancellor before an audience of 5000 at a University of Nebraska convoca tion Friday Before the speech the facul tyrnen had labeled him a fascist and said that he should not speak before a democratic audience some of whom fought against the ideals he favored Schuschnigg denied that he xvas a fascist and also denied their charge that democratic forces were banished while he was a member of the Dollf uss government in Aus tria from 1933 to 1938 I have never been a partisan of dictatorship he said Snow in Berlin Berlin first snow of winter fell in Berlin Saturday The snow later turned to ram and melted that which had already fallen SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS of the wonder ful feeling of Christmas was unloosed for hundreds of kids of all ages who saw Jean Gros huge balloon parade Bumble down Federal avenue Saturday sponsored by the Cnam ber of Commerce and assisted by school bands from Mason GlobeGazette Photo City and surrounding towns With the balloons were also floats with all the merry figures of fairyland and best oi all Santa Claus and his reindeer for the finish Here is Cin derella followed by a clown balloon and in the distance Felix the cat See page 14 for story and picture CAUTION URGED ON ICY ROADS IN NORTHWEST Spencer Sets New Low for Season With 21 Degrees Temperature Ol Man Winter held Iowa in hia cold grip for the second day Satur day as a new state temperature low for the degrees was recorded in the morning at Spencer With lows of 20 to 25 degrees on the schedule for Saturday night the Iowa weather bureau said the cold weather is expected to con tinue until Monday or Tuesday Highways throughout the state were reported normal Saturday morning but caution was urged by the Iowa highway officials in areas around Sioux City Cherokee Sib ley Rock Rapids Estherville and Algona where Fridays snowfall made the roads slippery with ice and snow In the Mason City vicinity the high winds of Friday died down Saturday to 30 miles an hour blowing flurries of snow after a quarter inch fell Friday night and Saturday morning The tempera ture dropped to 25 degrees during the early morning Sioux City was within 2 degrees of the new low with a reading of 23 The weather bureau said sev eral places reported 25 degrees Fridays high reading was 45 de grees recorded at Davenport Du buque and Lamoni From one to 10 inches of snow covered Minnesota Saturday in the wake of this winters first storm blown into the state Friday by winds reaching 45 miles an International Falls Minn began digging itself out from under 10 inches of snow that snarled traf fic Friday night Traffic was snarled in Minne sota cities as well as on the high ways and communications were sporadically disrupted when wires were broken by the weight of the freezing wet blanket The North western Bell Telephone company at one time Friday night reported half of its long distance circuits out of order The storm covered a 100mile swath from the Iowa border to the Canadian boundary Typical of road conditions was a 12car pileup near caused by poor visibility and slippery pave ment Sole casualty the highway patrol reported was W N Haze men Mason City Iowa who suf fered 7 broken ribs and was treated at an Owatonna hospital The wind abated and the snow stopped at nightfall Friday The highway department said at mid night plows had cleared all main roads in Minnesota The forecast was for a temperature drop to about 20 above zero as the storms aftermath The cold belt extended from the Dakotas into Illinois and Indiana with Dickinson N Dak reported the lowest reading 12 above Chi cagos 31 was the coldest weather of the season Forecasters said the mass of cool air was headed eastward and they forecast temperatures of below freezing Saturday night in parts of Ohio Western Pennsylvania and western and northern New York Hain fell in the eastern Great Lakes region and southward through the Applachians to the gulf and there were showers in the Pacific northwest eastward into Montana The prospect of clear skies in the winter wheat belt blanked out hopes for rainfall over the parched area Kansas was experiencing its friest fall period since the 1939 drought The lowest temperature in the nation at midnight was 16 degrees at Dickinson N Dak while Fort Myers Fla topped the country with 86degrees The entire state of Minnesota recorded subfreez ing temperatures Friday night in Hunting Accident Tlolfe Johnson 17 son of Mr and Mrs Earl Johnson of Holfe was killed late Friday in a hunting accident near here He was hunting with 2 companions Duane Snook and Garry Smith also of Rolfe when one of tha guns the boys were carrying ac cidentally discharged Snook and Smith carried the wounded youth 1 mile to a high way where a passing motorist took him to a hospital in Laurens He was dead on arrival at the hos pital Navy Georgia TechHUH Michigan Indiana Notre Dame Army Wisconsin Iowa ;