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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 28, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME nd Umted Pres Full Lease Wires MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AIL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION Five Cents a Copy One Afons Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor Some Straight Talk to Our Hot Rod Kids T17ITH increasing frequency in V t neNVS these days are stories about youthful drivers who have their own variations of that fa rious old Russian roulette The Russian game youll recall is played with a revolver containing one regular bullet the others blank On a basis of senseless chance that live bullet ends up in some fools body often his heart The modern game played by ir responsible youth involves auto mobiles instead of revolvers and bullets Its infinitely worse than the Russian game because usually it involves multiple killings not just one They Call It Chicken While there are several versions of the game the one which gets into the news most usually under a California date known as Chicken Heres how it works Two drivers come at each other full speed each straddling the centerline of the road The driver who loses his nerve and swerves to avoid collision is dubbed a chicken More common in this part of the country is automobile tag often played at night and without lights Lately Chicken came into a community not very far distant from my own home While much of the evidence and testimony in the case was obscured by the tragic consequences of the game it appears that it was played at night in unlighted cars on an ar terial highway Tragic Consequences The boxscore at the time this commentary was prepared in cluded 4 youngsters killed 3 in stantly and 1 later 2 others criti cally injured 2 less seriously hurt and 2 cars reduced to debris of kindling wood dimensions By telephone by letter and by personal visitation Ive been asked to comment on this case and its implications Tell us wrote one mother living not far from where this tragedy occurred how to regulate teenage use of cars to prevent such a terrible death toll Another man prompted by this tragedy and by the further fact that the contribution to the na tions highway slaughter by youth ful drivers is inoroihatety high and getting me to suggest that the minimum age for driving a car be raised from 15 or 16 years to 19 or 20 Many Youths Drive Well Although I recognized and con ceded the seriousness of the prob lem to which he referred I wasnt impressed by this formula for so lution Some of the finest drivers Ive ever known have been youngsters even teenagers Theres the case of bourse of the school buses in North Carolina which are operated almost ex clusively by youths who get their jobs on a basis of competitive tests and keep them by demon itrated ability And the North Carolina school bus safety record is tops in America This it seems to me provides us with the one best approach to our problem of youth at the wheel The same formula used by the southern state in selecting and training its school bus drivers can I think be adopted adapted and applied to all youthful drivers Not a New Problem Even before the day of the hot rod and our presentday flaming youth we had this problem in aggravated degrees It isnt any thing new Always as now it has stemmed from an utterly asinine but widespread belief among our kids that fastdriving or reckless driving is smart For about as long as I can re member in my commencement talks to high school seniors Ive been taking time out for some pointed attention to this whole matter I talk to them along these lines You young men and women have come down to the end of your secondary education Youve a dozen a lot of taxpayers money learning to read learning to write but most of all learning to think No Brains Required The very fact that youre here on this occasion is good evidence to me that youre reasonably some smarter than others of course but all reasonably smart I would be both surprised and disappointed to learn that any one of you isnt smart enough to get the point of this suggestion Listen It doesnt take an ounce of brains to get behind the wheel of an automobile and drive in a reck less manner All you need is a heavy loot and a light head That course of action doesnt call for brains this is whats im DOES require intelli gence to drive prudentlyYou must know your vehicle and its capabilities and limitations you must know the rulesof the road you must have a decent regard for Che rights and safety of others The Smart Thine to Do My point is I hope you agree with me is that v ON PAGE 2 MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY NOVEMBER 28 1949 Paper Consists of Two Section No 42 Commander Harold J y thf Mason City municipal band a national guard color guard and a cara vjn Amvets and local dignitaries as he arrived at the municipal airport Monday noon bhownhere left to right Commander Bob Speidel of local Amvets post 92 Russell ind Ead Hal1 managing editor and past state commander of the American Legion Russell Academy award winner for his part in The tfest Years of Our Lives is on a statewide tour in his private plane ON FLYING TOUR OF J Russel Ac eriiy award winner and Amvets national commander is shown seated here with 2 other Amvet officers as they arrived in Mason City Monday noon on a statewide tour Standing in center is Dwight Oliver national Amvet mem bership chairman of Kalamazoo Mich who also was a national commander candidate in an election at Des Moines this fall and Frank Davey of Des Moines state commander The 3 are making 16 stops in Iowa in Rus sells private plane Russell Cites Veterans Responsibility to Nation National Commander Harold J Russell of Amvets pointed out the obligation of veterans to renew their responsibility toward their nation now in working for a last ng peace in his talk here at the armory Monday noon The renowned handless veteran of Academy award distinction and author of the bestseller Victory n Our Hands is on a tour of iowa as part of a national mem bership drive He is making 16 stops in the state in his private plane He spoke at Fort Dodge earlier Monday and was to be at Dubuque Monday evening The veterans job was not fin shed when he took off his uni orm Comdr Russell emphasized The nation is now looking to him or leadership This can be done hrough a veterans organization Using his hooks for gestures as ie spoke the exparatrooper who was injured in a Dday explosion said Of 15 million veterans iess han 5 million are active members of any veterans organization Cites Responsibility Our responsibility isto our community and nation plus the 103000 still in veterans hospitals across the land and our children he declared in asking the co operation of all Americans to see that all receive the opportunity available to them Comdr Russell said the4 major veterans organizations hoped to work closer together in 1950 toward legislation of benefit to all We are endeavoring to reach as many as we can he stated With cooperation we can build a stronger nation to insure the peace of the world Commenting on his movie role he recalled little acting experience previously Except that you had to be an actor to sell some of the steaks we had in the market back home in Massachusetts He departed from here in late afternoon for Dubuque At Cedar Rapids he will confer with blind veterans who have organized a statewide Amvets post Other points he will visit include Daven port Clinton and Waterloo Before coming here he appeared at DCS Moines Knoxville Oltumwa Shenandoah Sioux City Storm Lake and Fort Dodge Symbol of Encouragement DwightOliver of Michigan na tional Amvet membership chair man and one of 3 opponents of Russell in election said Russell was a symbol of encour agemenfto both veterans and non veterans and called attention to the slogan of the handicapped Its not what youve lost but what you have Ml that counts Speidel in Charge Comdr Bob Speidel of Mason City post 92 introduced Amvet of ficers present and representatives of the city They were Oliver State Comdr Frank Davey of Des Moines Bob Wallace state vice commander of Mason City A E Borschel district vice commander Mayor Howard E Bruce and W Earl Hall representing the city and the Chamber of Commerce Lt Marion Wagner was the na tional guard marshal of the day Russell was met at the airport by a caravan the Mason City high school band national guard firing squad and color guard Accidents Fatal to 4 on Weekend By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Six persons died as the result of accidents in Iowa over the weekend Three of the deaths re sulted from a traffic accident and the other 3 from gun mishaps The dead were Thomas J Bowling 65 Niagara Falls N Y Alfred Trowell 65 also of Niagara Falls Leo C Jones 22 of Marquette Lavonne Lovig 14 of State Cen ter Hobert Spahnlc 14 of Malcom James Davis 16 of Grinncli Bowling and Trowell was killed Sunday morning when the coupe in which they were riding and a semitrailer truck collided on Highway 60 nine miles west of Knoxvillc H i g h w a y Patrolman Richard Carmichael said the coupe went out of control and swerved in front of the truck Jones died Sunday in a New Hampton hospital of gunshot wounds suffered in a hunting ac cident 8 miles west of West Union Saturday Authorities said Jones was accidentally shot when his brotherinlaw Eugene Kramer also of Marquette fired at a pheasant The Lovig girl daughter of Mr and Mrs Bert H Lovig of near State Center died in a Marshall town hospital early Monday of in juries suffered when the car in which she was riding went out of control on a gravel road near State Center Sunday The car ran into a fence and a steel post struck the girl Young Spahnle stepson of Mr and Mrs Earl Mann who live on a farm near Malcom was shot acci dentally Saturday during an argu ment with his brother Coroner W B Phillips of Grinnell reported Davis a Grinneli high school junior was killed accidentally Sunday when a gun discharged in a car in which he was silting near Grinneli while on a pheasant hunting trip Michaels in Good Condition Arthur Michaels Sr Clear Lake an employe at the Peoples Gas and Electric power plant at Emery is in good condition at Park hospital where he was taken early Monday afternoon after he suffered gas exposure at the plant Michaels was brought to the hos pital by Guy Coyier another em ploye who was slightly gassed but not enough to require hospitaliza tion Other details were not im mediately available Churchill Drives Without License Fined Costs Charles E Church ill Charles City was fined and costs Friday in justice court here on a charge of driving after his JW1SUUI wuu IOU1V operator s license had expired He from her box with a pair of ice was picked up in Charles City by tongs The reason Shes afraid of the highway patrol grasshoppers 15 Perish as Storm Batters Northwest Meeting on Coal Strike Is Postponed By UNITED PRESS New York The United Mine Workers Monday abruptly post poned until Tuesday a meeting at which they were scheduled to de cide whether 400000 soft coal miners will strike again this week The committee was scheduled to open its meeting Monday after noon in New York The last time it met was in Chicago when it called off the 52day strike that was beginning to hamstring the nations industry May Resume Talks There were some indications that northern and mine owners were western coal ready to re sume negotiations with Lewis The last direct talks occurred 5 weeks ago Southern operators already have announced a willingness to meet with the mine chief and his negotiators At Philadelphia the newly or ganized CIO International Union of Electrical Radio and Machine Workers announced plans for a 4thround wage increase drive and a pension and welfare program similar to the one gained by steel workers The union was chartered by the CIO Nov 3 after the leftwing United Electrical Workers had been ousted from the parent body Leaders of the new CIO union met at Philadelphia for a 4day or ganizational session They claimed that more than half the member ship of the leftwing UE has bolt ed to the new CIO union UPW Meets Delegates from 7 locals of the CIO Packinghouse Workers met at Des Moines Sunday and voted for a program of militant action in demands for a new contract with Wilson Company About 400 delegates attended from Chi cago Kansas City Los Angeles Cedar Rapids Iowa Omaha Nebr and Albert Lea and Fari bault Minn Wilson Company cancelled its contract with the union in 1948 and it never has been renewed Nationalists Claim Front Stabilized Near Chungking Chungking nationalists Monday claimed they had stabilized the front less than 20 miles from this doomed capital Officials however were set to flee the city Tuesday An Associated Press dispatch from Formosa timed about an hour and a half Her than Moosas dispatch said the communists broke into a suburb 12 miles from Chungking proper and then were driven out 4 Russians to Be Tried by Yugoslavs Belgrade Yugoslavia goslavia will place at least 4 so viet citizens on trial at Sarajevo Thursday it was announced offi cially Monday They are among the 31 citizens whose arrests by Yugoslavia have led to heated exchanges between Belgrade and Moscow in their communist cold war There was a possibility that the other 27 would be involved in the trial A spokesman at the government bureau of information said foreign correspondents would be admitted to the trial The defendants were identified as former white guard isls who took soviet citizenship after the war There are about 12000 Russian white guardists who fled to Yugo slavia after World war I About half of these took out soviet citi zenship after arrival of the red army in Yugoslavia in World war II In a note to the Soviet Union last Aug 23 Yugoslavia charged the Russians with antistate ac tivities and offered to repatriate them if the Soviet Union so re quested The 4 scheduled for trial were rientioned in the soviet note They were identified by the government spokesmen as Aleksejev Krisko Ariet Vladamin Nekjudov Arsert Boremovic and Anatoli Poljakov HoppingMail Memphis Braden has a neighbor who took her mail Earlier reports reaching here said the citys defenses were smashed at a point little more than 20 miles from Chungking The respite was expected to be temporary The government ex pects to be working some time Tuesday from Chengtu 170 miles northwest of Chungking The dispatch from Formosa quoted authoritative sources there as saying the government al ready had moved to Chengtu It is possible this referred to numer ous ministry officials who have gone there With Chungking toppling the nationalists still kept up their blockade of communist ports The state department in Washington reported the U S ship Sir John Franklin was hit 12 times by fire from a blockading nationalist warship off Shanghai None was injured and the ship was proceed ing to Woosung near New Trial Is Requested for Beckwith Waterloo by the affidavit of a juror who said he cowardly agreed to the ver dict against his judgment defense counsel Monday requested a new trial for the convicted slayer of a young mother A 20 page document listing 29 reasons why the defense felt a new trial should be held was filed in district court in behalf of Ed Beckwith of war veteran was convicted by a jury last month of the mutilation slaying of Mrs Irma Jean Stahlhut 22 in the walkin cooler of a tavern she and her husband operated in Morrison The jury recommended that Beck ward J Buddy Morrison The 29 year old with be hanged An affidavit by Juror Henry Duffy said that early in the jurys deliberations it was agreed Beck with should be convicted of first degree murder but the matter of punishment was not settled Some of the jurors he said opposed a life imprisonment sentence be cause he might be paroled Duffy said a request was sent to the trial judge Shannon B Charlton for information whether a parole could be granted The juror said that the judge replied he could add nothing to what he had said on the matter in his in structions to the jury at the close of the trial Impromptu Flight Embarrasses Pilot Flora 11 embarrassed student pilot was trying to explain how his ship got away from him took off and crashed j more than 70 miles away with no one at the controls State Highway Patrolman Nel son Case said the pilot whose name he did not learn landed at Mt Olive 111 Sunday because of bad weather While on the ground he decided to make some engine adjustments Suddenly the plane began taxiing threw him off the wing and then soared into the air Nationalists Hit American Ship 12 Times Washington fP The Ameri can merchant ship Sir John Franklin reported Monday a Chi nese nationalist warship fired on and hit it 12 times off Shanghai The message from the vessels skipper was relayed to the state department by the American con sul general at Shanghai It said all aboard the Sir John Franklin escaped injury The skipper said his ship was proceeding to Woo sung below Shanghai The Chinese warship presum ably was enforcing the national ist blockade of Shanghai and oth er communist held ports The United States and other mari time nations have refused to rec ognize the blockade as valid The masters message ra dioed to the Isbrandtsen line agent at Shanghai It said the vessel was not shipping water des pite the 12 hits The message was timed 5 p rn Shanghai time Monday which was early in the day central standard time 5 Smashed Against Fast Train 3 Die Gary Ind turbulence from the fast Twilight Limited smashed 5 persons against the speeding train fatally injuring 3 of them Two women were killed instant ly and a 3rd died in a hospital after the Michigan Central pas senger train sucked them against its cars as it roared through the station here Sunday night Two other persons were injured ser iously Four others who narrowly es caped being drawn into the train said it was traveling 90 miles an hour as it tore past the platform where the passengers were wait ing for the eastbound Detroit train The Limited was 45 minutes late Dead were Mrs Rose Nagy 54 and Mrs Ruby Winters 35 both of Gary killed instantly and Mrs Julia Rosenstein 42 Detroit who died later in Mercy hospital of a skull fracture The injured were Mrs Nagys husband Joseph 45 who suffered shock and back injuries and Otis Hurley 32 Gary whose hand was mangled Witnesses said the passengers ascended the platform and appar ently did not see the approach of the speeding Limited The engineer M L Redding told authorities he did not realize his train hit anyone and he kept going ALL IN THE FAMILY Coldwater Mich UR Mrs Ivan Nutt gave birth to a daugh ter and a son was born to Mrs Wayne Almond a few minutes later at Coldwater hospital Sun day To Construct Device to Breed Atomic Materials Washington atomic energy commission AEC an nounced Monday it is beginning construction immediately of an experimental device with which it will try to breed precious atomic materials If this try succeeds atomic de velopment for both war and peace would be greatly strengthened The commission did not stale this in its announcement but it was implicit The AEC did tell a little of its plans to speed work on harness ing atomic energy for industrial power and for propelling ships and aircraft Breeding would mean greatly expanded resources of atomic ma terials for use in bombs or as fuels in established or proposed peacetime applications of atomic energy It would mean that in the pro duction of these materials full use could be made of uranium 238 the nonfitsionable kind that is 140 times more plentiful in na ture than scarce uranium235 the fissionable kind It would also mean that full use could be made of the non fissionable metal thorium which is even more plentiful than U238 A fissionable material it one whose atoms can be split re leasing atomic energy The commission said it expect ed to complete by the end of next year construction of a device it calls an experimental breeder reactor This means a furnace de signed to create more atomic fuel than is actually consumed in keeping the atomic fire burning The objective is the same as putting a little good coal in your home furnace together with a lot of coal that would not ordinarily then winding up with more good coal than you started with in the first place At the same time the AEC more or less pinned itself down for the first time to approximate construction dates on 3 other phases of its previouslyan nounced program for developing new types of atomic reactors A reactor is a device in which atomic energy is released in a controlled way as distinguished from the explosive release of this energy in an Abomb The commission said between next spring and 1952 construction should begin on 3 reactors which with the experimental breeder are expected to cost a total of at least Weather Report FORECAST Mason Monday night 34 Warmer Tuesday with high about 57 Iowa Generally fair Monday night and Tuesday somewhat cooler Tuesday Low Monday 3040 and mild Mon day night and Tuesday Low Monday night 2834 north 3238 south High Tuesday 4448 north 4854 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Monday Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 38 28 32 Trace 34 23 SAME Black fU Meant trtlfU death la 24 Damage Set in Millions of Dollars Sheridan Wyo Is Rocked by Winds of 96 Miles an Hour Seattle and reel ing the Pacific northwest fought Monday against the peril of flood in the wake of a violent wind and rain storm that left 15 known dead as it slugged halfway across the northern half of the nation Damage already was in the mil lions of dollars Whipping across the Rocky mountains with hurricane force gusts the regions first major storm of winter streaked across Montana North Dakota South Dakota Idaho and Wyoming The weather bureau said it would reach the central plain states sometime Monday Peak wind velocity was re ported Sunday from Cut Bank Mont where gusts registered 105 m p h Sheridan Wyo was rocked by 96 m p h bursts 1000Mile Front The storm struck on a 1000 mile front British Columbia into Oregon Hardest hit was Washington state Hundreds of families were evacuated as the roiled waters of the Skagit river in northwest Washington isolated 5 towns in the Skagit valley Four other commu nities were threatened as 5 inches of rain fell during a 24hour span in the upper valley The immediate threat appeared however to have passed Early Monday the normally placid wa terway hit its crest with about a foot to spare at Mount Vernon where raindrenched sandbag crews of from 300500 men worked frantically to keep the river with in its dikes Seven persons died in British Columbia 6 when their tugboat capsized off vVictoria and 1 when he was swept inlo the raging Cap ilano river Drowns in Car A man drowned when his car was thrown from the highway at the Skokomish river valley en trance in Washington state A woman was injured fatally when her husbands car struck a rock washed down by the flood A man was electrocuted when he stepped on a 13000 volt power ine A tugboat crewman drowned when he fell into the Columbia river Two sailors from the Tongue Point Ore naval station crashed into a fallen tree and were killed Another man also died when his car struck a fallen tree in the same locality New Gearhart Ore One death was reported in Mon ana when wind toppled a barn wall on a rancher 25 miles north of Missoula The storm apparently blew it self out before reaching Iowa Recommends Marr Be Ordered to Bargain With FE Washington trial exam iner of the national labor relations board recommended Monday that Marr Knitting Inc Osage Iowa be ordered to bargain collectively with the CIO United Farm Equip ment and Metal Workers and stop interfering with ihe unions efforts to represent the firms employes If parties to the case do not file exceptions the examiners recom mendations will become a board order Examiner Hamilton Gardner made the recommendations in con nection with a complaint filed by the union last December during attempts to organize workers in the Marr plant 23 ;