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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 17, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LVI uiid United Press Full Lease Wires Flva Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY OCTOBER 17 1949 HOME EDITION lllUif This Paper Consists of Two One No 7 One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor 2 Giants Among Qur Journalists OBSERVANCE of National Newspaper week served to re call for me some of the giants of journalism Ive met in my 35 years or so as a who have breathed meaning into that phrase all of us like to roll about with our tongue freedom of the press One of these was William Allen White of the Emporia Gazette who as editor of a small city daily won world renown with an editorial written by him a half century ago or so titled Whats the Matter With It was my very great privilege to know Mr White We first met at a national party convention in Kansas City back in 1928 Our seats were next to each other There was a renewal of acquaint ance in person many times after that and my files contain some most stimulating letters from him More than once he complimented me by reproducing one of my editorials His Name Was Ernie Pyle Later in this visit I plan to tell you a little about the personal attributes of this great man called William Allen White But before I do that I want to chat with you about another great journalist known and loved by millions of Americans His name was Ernie Pyle My first meeting with Ernie Pyle took place in my office back in the middle 30s He ap proached me as the salesman for his own producta daily column about the real America as he put it While we talked Mrs Pyle waited out in front of the office in a delapidated old Ford which was their mode of transportation His clothes covered with dust from his travels and not too well pressed Mr Pyie began showing me some samples of the column he had been doing for a newspaper in Washington D C Another of his clients was a newspaper back in Indianapolis where he had launched his journalistic career But Not Important The things he wrote in his column were interesting but not important Their value lay in the fact that they interpreted life as its lived by the common every day American The literary style doaii was breezy and friendly And cer Mo tainly nobody could complain about the cents a week for 6 columns But I sent Mr Pyle on his way without an order We simply didnt have the space for a full column a day written by a man unknown to either me or my readers It was probably my one worst guess in a lifetime of bad guessing My next meeting with this little man named Ernie Pyle was in the Scribe hotel in Paris about Sept 1 1944 Both of us had followed the Patton army into interior 1 France following its break through from the Normandy pe ninsula and were on hand to see and report the events incident to Paris liberation from Hitler forces Next Meeting in Paris My room assignment in the Scribe adjoined that of the now famous Ernie Pyle and most of our meals for a 10day period were together I came to know him extremely well We talked about a lot of never about his barren visit to Mason City 10 years before He apparent ly had forgotten I wished that I could During that time in newlylib erated Paris Ernie Pyle fortified himself in his previously reached decision to retire from the war correspondence which had won him untold fame and worldly goods at least in reasonable meas ure His reasons for this decision were many During the course of our many conversations he went over alt of them with me There was for one thing the matter of his own health Work and worry had worn his little frame down to really scrawny proportions His wife was not well either she needed him But the thing he always kept coming back to was that war is dirty business and that he had had enough of it Hed Seen Enough Death Honestly Mr Hall he told me one morning as we sat sip ping our second cup of coffee I think I myself would die if I had to look upon the dead body of one more a German boy The time came when both of us had to say our goodbye to each other and to Paris We were both heading back to London by plane but not the same plane My last words to him were that I was looking forward to seeing his byline over a Pacific dateline in the not distant future That youll never see he retorted as we shook hands That night I was having dinner an officers club on Park Lane in London I glanced up from the plate of ground meat and slicec fcans before me and who should CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Fred Cahalan Killed in Auto Crash HENRY FIELD Henry Field Dies at Home in Shenandoah Shenandoah Field 77 founder and president of the nationally known seed and nurs ery firm bearing his name and a pioneer in radio broadcasting died at his home Monday of cancer The Henry Field Seed and Nursery company which Field started in 1899 was the countrys largest retail mail order seed and nursery company He issued his first mail order catalogue in 1899 writing it setting it in type and printing it The company now does business annually In 1924 Field built Radio Sta tion KFNF one of the first in the middlewest and started his fa mous noon time letter bag broadcast which he maintained daily until about a month ago When he left the air his broadcast was ranked as the oldest continu ous commercial program in the country Field retired from active man agement of the seed house in 1938 but he retained the title of presi dent Since his retirement he di vided his time between Shenan doah and a farm near Centerville Mo In 1932 he was victor over 7 op ponents for the republican nomi nation for U S senator of Iowa He was defeated in the democratic landslide in the general election Field who was born on a farm in Page county is survived by his widow Bertha his 3rd wife 11 sons and daugh ters one brother and 5 sisters One sister is Mrs Jessie Sham baugh of Clarinda the founder of the 4H club for farm youths Marine Head Sees Plot by Army Brass Says Command Tries to Wipe Out Combat Power of Corps Washington Clifton B Gates head of the marine corps accused the army high command Monday of trying to wipe out the combat power of the marine corps Gates told the house armed services committee that the com bat morale of his fighting force still is high But substantial harm has been done to the national defense he said by crippling handicaps in corps flicted on the marine through pentagon policies Severe and telling blows are being struck into the bone and muscle of the marines Gates said Reductions he said are striking into the heart of our combat forces Gates was a witness of the house groups hearings on the rows within the armed services The navy is battling against policies which it contends builds up the air corps at the expense of the navy The admirals argue that in high defense councils the army and the air force have joined up to out vote the navy 21 Gates and Gen A A Vande rift a former commandant of were called as the last vitnesses for the navy Next the pmmittee will hear the other ide of the dispute from air force nd army men 1 Killed 8 Hurt in Bus Train Crash Picture on Page 2 DCS Moines person was killed and 8 others injured in a collision here early Monday between a train and a city transit system bus Robert L Bowman 40 Des Moines died at Broadlawns hos pital of injuries suffered in the crash Two other persons were in serious condition Lloyd Herbst driver of the Des Moines Railway Co bus was trapped in the wreckage and res cuers worked for nearly half an hour to free him His condition was reported as fair The collision occurred at South east 6th street and Court avenue on the east side at a m Involved in the crash was the Rock Island passenger train No 16 from Kansas City and a Scott street city bus All of the injured were on the bus Bennett Says Stand on Rents Cost Him Job Des Moines Com missioner Myron J Bennett told the city council Monday he has been fired by radio station KSO because of pressure from persons opposing his vote for retaining rent control in Des Moines Bennett a disc jockey for sev ral years at KSO said about 50 Dersons went to the sponsors of lis programs saying they would boycott their businesses He said some sponsors had canceled their contracts The council by a 3 to 2 vote last veek defeated a rent decontrol proposal Bennett voted with the majority S H McGovern manager oj issued a statement in which said You can say that Mr Bennett las been relieved of his job with KSO as a disc jockey due to a re renchment policy cutting down costs which many businesses are doing today However the mattei of political controversies being aired over KSO on M J Bs Ben netts program are also a factor namely that KSO does not intenc to wash the city councils dirty linen over the air No advertiser canceled his commercial contract as the resul of the recent voting at the city council proceedings The only ac count being canceled was one o M J Bs own agency accounts We also wish to correct the salarj is Bennett told the council loss o the radio job would amount tc yearly Dr Seashore sychologist Dies at 83 Lewiston Idaho JP Doctor arl E Seashore a pioneer in the tudy of psychology died Sunday night after suffering a stroke He vas 83 Doctor Seashore of Iowa City owa had been visiting a son S H Seashore of Lewiston A former professor of psycholo y at Yale university and dean emertius of the graduate school at he University of Iowa Doctor Seashore was best known for the ntelligence tests which he form ulated for army use in the first and 2nd world wars He also was noted as the orgin ator of the gifted student pro gram of education whereby tal ented students could take full 4 year college courses in 2 years CHis first 2year gifted student was Explorer Roald Amundsen He is survived by 3 sons Doc tor Robert Seashore head of the psychology department at North western university Carl Seashore Jr professor at Pennsylvania State colege and S H Seashore title company owner Funeral services will be held at Lewiston Tuesday Jack Benny to Have Operation Hollywood Benny fi nally will part with something The radio comedian entered hospital Sunday after his broad cast to rid himself of a nasal ob struction His doctor said the operation to be performed Monday will be a simple one and Benny will be home in a few days High Court Dismisses Iowa Tax Case Washington supreme court Monday dismissed an appeal which challenged the legality of an Iowa farm land tax credit act The appeal was filed by Laura Dickinson owner of a 4 acre tracl in Epworth school district Du buque county Iowa The law appropriates a year to be used to pay all gen eral school fund taxes in excess of 15 mills on agricultural land The latter is defined as including tracts of 10 acres or more used in good faith for agricultural pur poses Under the act owners of such tracts are required to pay only a general school fund tax of 15 mills regardless of the amount of tax actually levied in the school dis trict The appeal by Laura Dick inson contended the act invalidly provided arbitrary and discrim inatory classifications and appro priates public money for private purposes She appealed from a decision by the Iowa supreme court which affirmed constitu tionality of the act The high court here said in dis missing the case that no substan tial federal question was presented The decision released in state funds for distribution to counties as partial reimbursement of farmers for school taxes paid on agricultural land Defense Motion Overruled in Injury Trial Des Moines Judge Tom K Murrow Monday over ruled a defense motion for a di rected verdict in the dam ge suit against the estate ot the Walter F Maley Des Moines attorney The damages are sought by An non B Thornbury of Mason City whose daughter Joan Elizabeth 16 was killed June 13 1948 in an auto crash near Ventura Maleys 16 year old con Thomas driver of the car in which Miss Thorn bury was killed also was fatally injured Two witnesses for the plaintiff were Joan Tracy 17 and Hanford OLeary 19 both of Mason City Both were severely injured in the crash Remembered Nothing Both said they remembered nothing of the accident itself due to their injuries OLeary was un conscious 3 weeks after the crash He said however that they had been picnicking in Macintosh Woods state parkprior to the ac cident A deputy sheriff testified it was of a mile from the woods to the scene of the crash Nate Cohen former employe of Maley testified young Maley previously had been around the turn where the crash occurred and was familiar with its hazards A Mason City trucker first to arrive at the scene of the accident testi fied the speedometer was stuck at 80 miles an hour in the wrecked machine Alleged Recklessness Miss Tracy said the party had bought 12 cans of beer prior to the accident but Attorney George Dunn said his case for the plain tiff was based chiefly on a con tention of recklessness and that any drinking which may have oc curred was minor The plaintiff claims young Ma ley was driving at more than 80 miles an hour when the car failed to make a turn on highway 18 and hit a clump of trees In its un successful attempt to got the suit dismissed the defense argued that the plaintiff had failed to show that young Maley was driving recklessly An inventory of the estate of Attorney Maley who died of a heart attack Oct 8 1948 listed assets of CAHALAN is the car in which Fred A Calahan acting postmaster of Ma son City was killed outright Sunday evening as he was returning home from his farm south of Cartersville The car was struck by one driven by Willis Nicholson Woolstock farmer when the 2 cars arrived simultaneously at a blind corner 2 miles south of Car tersville Highway Patrolman Earle Shoeman was the first officer on the scene to inves tigate NICHOLSON Nicholson car was junk after the collision with the Cahalan car as this picture shows After the crash the Nicholson car somersaulted end over end coming to rest 41 feet farther west on its right side and pointed back east the direction from which it had come Nicholson was only slightly injured but his wife is in Mercy hospital at Mason City with serious chest injuries 9Aluminum Plants Hit Steel Strike Pittsburgh S Steel Corp announced Monday that it has accepted an invitation of U S Mediation Director Cyrus S Ching to meet with him in New York Wednesday afternoon to discuss the 17day steel strike Pittsburgh A m o r i c as strike idle neared the million mark Monday as 16000 CIO members struck 9 plants of Alum inum Company of America The aluminum workers joined 480000 striking steelworkers and 380000 striking soft coal miners More than 55000 workers in al lied industries have been laid off Some steelworkers members in the fabricating steel industry which makes everything from hair pins to dur ing the weekend Other fabrica tors contracts expire from now until midDecember Theres still no sign of peace in labors biggest conflict since the end ot World war II The government is gravely con cerned The walkouts threaten to knock postwar economy into a cocked hat Secretary of Commerce Sawyer said Sunday the steel strike will idle 5 million persons if it runs to December 1 COPLON TRIAL DATE SET New York espionage conspiracy trial of Judith Coplon 28yearold former government girl and Valentin A Gubitchev Russian engineer Monday was set for Nov 9 Rent Law to Be Reviewed by High Court Washinffton supreme court Monday agreed to review the constitutionality of the present rent control law Two federal judges have issued opposite opinions on the question Judge Elwyn R Shaw of Chicago ruled the law unconstitutional last July 26 On Aug 8 Judge Leon R Yankwich Los Angeles ruled to the contrary The government appealed the Chicago case to the supreme court The suit was started by Housing Expediter Tighe E Woods in an effort to keep Shoreline CoOper ative Apartments Inc from evict ing tenants Less than 65 per cent of the Shoreline stockholders lived in the apartments Therefore un der rent control regulations ten ants could not be evicted in order to give stockholders occupancy Shaw held that congress il legally delegated its powers when it included the socalled local option section in the law This permits decontrol of rents upon the vote of a state legislature or even of a local governing body if the state governor approves There is a grant of unbridled administrative discretion subject neither to reason nor findings of fact the decision said Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and mild through Tuesday High Tuesday near 75 Low Monday night 46 Iowa Mostly fair Monday night Tuesday partly cloudy followed by showers Not much change in temperature Low Monday night 4448 Minnesota Partly cloudy to cloudy Monday night and Tuesday with light rain beginning late Tues day in extreme northwest por tion Somewhat warmer south west portion Tuesday Low Mon day ranging from 34 to 38 in ex treme northwest to 45 to 50 in southeast High Tuesday 45 to 50 northwest to low 70s south east IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics of the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Monday Maximum 70 Minimum 45 At 8 a m 52 YEAR AGO Maximum 44 Minimum 22 GlobeGazette weather statistics of the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Sunday Maximum 66 Minimum 40 At 8 a m 48 YEAR AGO Maximum 19 Minimum 3H GlobeGazette Photos LAST picture of Postmaster Fred A Cahal an was taken Friday and shows him with the special first flight airmail cachet for MidWest airlines now sheduled for Thursday He autographed a large number of the first flight coveVs as postmaster HouseSenate Conferees Fail to Reach Accord on Farm Bill Washington 50minute meeting of house and senate con ferees broke up Monday without any agreement on new farm legis lation The dispute one big obstacle to the adjournment of congress cen ters on the level at which the gov ernment should support farm prices Senator Elmer Thomas D Okla told reporters after the closed meeting that he is more hopeful now that an agreement will be reached He said he based this on the refusal of the conferees on three occasions to report back to their respective houses that they are unable toagree Senator Aiken RVt also said he still thinks there is hope for an agreement Jn the midst of the congression al clisagreemnt over a farm bill House Speaker Rayburn told newsmen that President Truman wants farm price supports at 90 per cent of parity Reporters asked Rayburn whether the chief executive had advised democratic congressional leaders at their regular Monday BULLETINS Washington Presi dent William Green Monday told John L Lewis it is impossible and impracticable for the AFL to accept his proposal to put 52500000 a week behind the CIO steel strike Paris UR Premier Jules Moch resigned Monday night after 11 days of fruitless effort to form a French coalition gov ernment Woolstock Pair Hurt in Collision 2Car Accident Is Witnessed by Fire Chief James Kelley A blind corner 2 miles south of Cartersvilie caused the death of red A Cahalan acting Mason City postmaster and the injury of vlr and Mrs Willis Nicholson farmers in a collision about 5 p m Sunday Fire Chief James Kelley of Ma son City was standing in the yard of M P Kelley his brother on he southeast corner of the inter section arid saw the 2 cars ap proaching The chief had just remarked to his brother that the 2 cars would collide if they maintained the same speed when the crash came the Nicholson car hitting Cahalans at he right front door A grove of trees obscured the view of both drivers showed that Nich olson applied the brakes on his westbound car just 30 feet from the impact There were no skid marks or any other indication that Cahalan ever saw the other car He was killed outright Slightly Injured Mr Nicholson was only slightly injured Mrs Nicholson was taken to Mercy hospital in Mason City with chest injuries The Nicholson car turned over endwise after the crash and was lying only 41 feet from the point of impact headed back east Ca halans car came to rest 88 feet northwest of the crash according to Highway Patrolman Earle Shoeman who investigated togeth er with Sheriff Cal Dwan and his deputy Walt Balek Sheriff Dwan noted that the northwest corner also is blind be cause of another grove of trees and recalled that Kenneth Frank houser Dallas Center salesman was killed there June 13 1946 in a collision with a cardriven by Jason K Berk Jr Dougherty and that cars driven by Newell Tin kay Waterloo and Mrs Raymond Shultz Marble Rock collided there Aug 1 1949 Cahalan was on his way home to Mason City from his farm a short distance south of the corner and the Nicholsons were on their way home to Woolstock after vis iting relatives in Floyd county Breen in Charge Msgr A J Breen will be in charge of the Cahalan funeral at rloly Family Catholic church in Mason City Wednesday morning at 9 oclock Burial will be in Dougherty cemetery The body will be taken from the Patterson James funeral home to the Ca halan home 230 6th N W Mon day afternoon to lie in state until time for the services Parish Rosaries will be said at 3 p m Monday and Tuesday The C D A will say the Rosary Mon day at9 p m the Holy Family Guild at 4 p m Tuesday and the K C at p m Tuesday He is survived by his widow 6 daughters Mrs Alvin Campbell Mrs Vern Hoffman and Mrs Ver non Larson all of Mason City Bernadine Dubuque and La vonne and Sally Ann at home 4 sons Patrick of Mason City Am brose and Gerald of Rockwell and John of Arlington Heights 111 A sister Miss Sally Cahalan Mason City and 2 brothers W S Ca halan of Rockwell and Harry Ca halan Rockford also survive Cahalan became acting postmas ter at Mason City June 1 1948 He was born Aug 25 1888 and farmed all his life in Dougherty and Owen townships of Cerro Gordo county He was Cerro Gordo AAA chair man for 5 years until he resigned to become manager of the govern ments hemp plant at Mason City in 1943 a position he held until the plant was closed after the war meeting with him what kind of farm bill he wants The speaker said Mr Truman did not but added He wants 90 per cent He has always wanted 90 per cent He made a campaign on that CRASH INJURY FATAL P Walker 18 son of Mr and Mrs Ted Walker farmers near Scranton died morning in a hos pital here of injuries suffered Sunday night when the car in which he was riding plunged into a ditch The others were not hurt seriously 1 Killed 4 Hurt in Auto Mishap Eldridpe Morales 26 was killed and 4 persons were in jured early Sunday when the au tomobile in which they were rid ing went into a ditch a mile and a half north of Eldridge Coroner Roy McGinnis said Morales driving the car at the time of the accident The injured were hospitalized in Davenport SAME Black tltf meani Iratfle death In pint 24 ;