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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITEb FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS" HOME EDITION VOL. LVI Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires (Five Cents a Copy) MASON CITY. IOWA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1949 This Paper Consists of Two Sections—Section On« No. 1 Ope Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W. EARL HALL Managing Editor The Atom Bomb Is a World Problem Child "tl/HAT'S to be done about it?" VY is the question which has gripped the mind of every thinking American since that day not so long ago when President Truman made solemn announcement of the well authenticated information that the Russians have the atomic bomb. There was an almost universal assumption that Russia would some day have the A-bomb, what with a feverish desire to have it, ample supplies of fissionable material, the services of competent German physicists and known thefts of information from our own nuclear scientists. But 7 the development of the bomb this early in the race did come as a surprise and a shock. The belief in best informed quarters had been that it might take the Russians another 3 or 4 years, and perhaps longer. Based on Wishful Thinking There's a report out of Holland that the tremor assumed to be an A-bomb ; blast in Russia was in truth an explosion which destroyed the entire plant and all personnel of workers and scientists. But without the slightest verification 01 this report, it has to be set down as mere wishful thinking. In realism we have no course but to assume that Russia DOES have the atomic bomb. And that leads to the question: "What's to be done about it?" 2 Lanes of Travel From where I sit, there seem to be 2 roads open to us. Or, more accurately, there's one road with 2 lanes of travel. First, there should be redoubled efforts, through the United Nations or by direct negotiation, to bring atomic energy, including the bomb, under international control with a view to eliminating an atomic war. Second, there must be no lag in our nation's program of preparedness for come what may. If negotiations for outlawing the bomb fall down, we must maintain our lead in the armaments race. Whether the advent of Russia's A-bomb increases or lessens -the chances for this.outlawing,of the split atom as a weapon of war is being debated. David Lawrence of the United States News is one who takes the optimistic point of view. Did We Ride Too Hard? To his way of thinking, the threat of war can be diminished by Russia with the atom. His reasoning stems from an assumption, that America, with her. A- bomb monopoly, was riding herd too roughly on Russia. Now Russia is in a position to talk back. That's a comforting point of view but I am unable to sense its : validity. If with the atomic bomb exclusively in our possession we couldn't make Russia see the light, I see no reason for believing that Moscow will be more amenable to reason in the altered situation. Borne Out by Vishinsky My somewhat pessimistic attitude has had considerable confirmation in the utterances of North Iowa Is Struck by Hurricane Winds AP Wirephoto TRAPPED IN TRUCK AFTER BRIDGE COLLISION—Roy Watts, 14, Roseville, Gal., awaits rescue from the cab of a truck where he was trapped for more than 2 hours late Sunday after a collision with an auto near Woodland, Cal. Six persons were killed and Roy and his brother, Morris Watts, 25, seriously injured. 40 Czech Priests Go to Prison Prague, Czechoslovakia, (fP) — More than 40 Roman Catholic priests have been • jailed in the past few days for opposition to the communist government's bill to control the church, reliable sources reported Monday. These arrests would bring than 300 the number more to of priests and nuns reported arrested since the beginning of the church- state fight here. The informants also reported nolice pressure is being applied to individual members of the church hierarchy who are opposing the legislation, due to become law Nov.'l. ' The sources added that because of such pressure, Msgr. Frantisek Onderek,,the .apostolic administrator of Testin (Teschen) near the Polish border, recently issued a statement backing the bill in part. He had been one of those who had signed ^ protest letter condemning the control bill. The informants said his statement came after hours of ceaseless questioning. Navy Men Claim Russians Could Turn Back B-36 Raids Washington, (AP)—Navy men told congress Monday that Russian radar-fighter defenses could stop B-36 raids in numbers, and that any getting through would waste a lot of A-bombs by missing targets. Cmdr. Eugene Tatom brought gasps of surprise from the house armed services committee by testifying that you could stand at one end of Washington national airport and come through an atom bomb explosion at the other "without serious injury." The runway is a j little over a mile and a quarter long. Tatom, head of the aviation ordnance branch of the navy aeronautics bureau, said the A-bomb is "completely devastating in the immediate vicinity of its burst." But contrary to popular ideas, he said,, the" area of destruction : is rather limited. He went on: "You can stand in the open at end of the north-south run- 2nd Hiss Trial Is Adjourned Until Nov. 1 Vishinsky, the-Russian spokesman at UN, in the tirne since Presi-' dent Truman made his announcement about Russia and the bomb. Vishinsky spoke glowingly of Russia's desire fpr peace and the need for outlawing: the A-bomb as a weapon of-war. .'But r when it came to a concrete prpposal for accomplishing this, all he. had to offer was a warmed-over version of the Russian .plan which previously has been found utterly unacceptable to this country or the other nations of .the world. A 3-Point Proposal And what was that proposal? Just this: 1. The atomic bomb should be outlawed. 2. All existent stockpiles of A-bombs should be destroyed. 3. Each nation .would pledge itself, on its honor, to live up to New York, (U.R)—The opening of the 2nd Alger Hiss perjury trial was adjourned Monday uatil Nov. 1 to allow a new defense trial counsel more time to familiarize himself with the case. The adjournment was granted by Federal Judge Vincent L. Leibell on the request of Claude B. Cross of Boston, who is replacing Lloyd Paul Stryker as trial counsel. Assistant U. S. Attorney Thomas F. Murphy 'told the court the government was ready to go to trial and was "very anxious" to get the 2nd trial under way. Weather 'Report FORECAST Mason City: Clear and cool through Tuesday. Low Monday night 45. High Tuesday 65. Winds diminishing Monday night. Iowa: Fair and cooler Monday night. Tuesday partly cloudy, cooler central and east portions. Low Monday night 45-50. Minnesota: Cloudy, rain north one way at the Washington National airport, with no more protection than the clothes you now have on, and have an atom bomb explode at the other end of the runway without serious injury to you." Because of the tremendous cost of atom bombs and the scarcity of the materials in them, Tatom said, precision bombing is just as necessary as with conventional bombs. "Just let me assure you, gentleman," he said, "that precision bombing of military targets deep in enemy territory from 40,000 feet at night or in daylight is a myth." The big argument the air force makes for its 6-engine B-36 is that the plane could fly unde- tected'to any enemy target at 40,000 feet and blast it with an A- bomb. Chairman Vinson (D.-Ga.) told Tatom to come back Tuesday to answer questions about the A- bomb. ' '"We'd like to have you tell the committee," he many people were the first one was Japan." said, "why so killed when dropped in the agreement. •From the beginning of UN, the United States has had before the world this simple offer: We'll gladly agree to scrap our stockpile of atomic bombs and make no more when—and only w hen—all other nations consent to a system of international control which will include constant and competent inspection for insurance that all nations are living up to the agreement. AH Except Russia Approve That offer was received with favor by all the nations of the world—except Russia and her satellites. Russia's opposition to it has been stated repeatedly by Comrade Vishinsky and his current talks, he is contending that n u c h international inspection would be a violation of the individual nation's sovereignty. In short, the United States being •sked to scrap her stockpile or atomic bombs on the mere promise that Russia will do likewise, tnis in the face of the fact that deceit •nd treachery are written into the •redo of communism. Free to .ke bombs, safe from detection (CONTINUED ON PAGE 2) and east portions Monday night, and northeast portion Tuesday. Cooler except little change in temperature close to Lake Superior. Shifting gales diminishing Monday night. Low Monday night ranging from 35 in northwest to 45 to 50 in southeast. High Tuesday mid-50's north and mid-60's south portion. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics of the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m. Monday: Maximum 70 Minimum 63 At 8 a. m. 67 Precipitation .16 YEAR AGO: Maximum 55 Minimum 30 Globe-Gazette weather statistics of the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m. Sunday: Maximum 77 Minimum 49 At 8 a. m. , 51 Precipitation .12 YEAR AGO: Maximum 63 Minimum 38 Refuse to Review Appeal by May, Garrson Brothers Washington, (—The supreme court Monday upheld, in effect, the bribery conviction of former Democratic Congressman Andrew J. May of Kentucky and the Garsson brothers, wartime munitions makers. The court refused to review their appeal, so the ruling of a lower court becomes final. May and the Garsson brothers still may ask for reconsideration by the court. Congress May Adjourn Saturday (/P) — Democratic Schools Get $2 Million in State Aid Des Moincs, "(/P)—Executive action by Gov. William S. Beardsley has cleared the way for payment of $2,000,000 in state supplemental aid to schools this year. The office of Miss Jesse Parker, superintendent of public instruction, said Monday that supplemental aid will be paid on the basis of $2,000,000 instead of $1,000,000. Her office previously had contended that the appropriation payable n'bw was the million-dollars- a-year fixed by the 1947 general assembly. State Comptroller Ray Johnson had contended the present payment should be the $2,000,000 a year appropriated by the 1949 assembly. The superintendent of public instruction office revised its position after an executive order was issued by Beardsley calling for a 2 million dollar payment. Great Plains Tornado Is Fatal to One By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tornadoes roared and moaned over the Great Plains Sunday night, killing 1 person and injuring 4 others. From the Dakotas southward into Oklahoma and Texas, the clouds unloaded their moisture in thunderstorms. The bayous around Houston, though, were getting back to normal as flood waters receded. But the weatherman used his trite but happy official phrase for Much Corn Flattened by Gales 90-Mile-an-Hour Velocity Reported Just After Noon (PICTURE PAGE INSIDE) Winds of hurricane velocity struck North Iowa Monday, flattening much of the year's bumper corn crop, blowing down trees and large limbs which disrupted telephone and power services, ripping off roofs of buildings and exploding plate glass windows from their frames. The wind reached 90 miles an hour just after the noon hour, according to the government's CAA weather reporting station at the Mason City municipal airport and continued blowing at around 70 miles an hour through the early afternoon. The heavy winds struck just after 8 a. m., the observers said, with a velocity of 80 miles an hour registered on their instruments "for several minutes." The wind then subsided to between 45 and 60 miles an hour until 11:30 when it again mounted to 81 miles an hour. It blew almost steadily at more than 70 miles an hour until it hit the 90 mark at 12:08 p. m. ( Damage to Corn Globe-Gazette Photo CORN ON GROUND—There was hardly a stalk more than 3 feet off the ground in this cornfield on the F. J. Olson farm, 3% miles- east of State and Federal, at noon Monday. It was typical of many other fields in North Iowa and-such conditions make a mechanical cornpicker practically useless in gathering the corn. Hogs and hand work will have to hring most of North Iowa's corn crop from the fields this-fall. Note the fence covered with debris from fields to the south. ^^ Furs Worth $7,660 Are Stolen the weather conditions over eastern, southern and central U. S. He said: "Unseasonably warm temperatures continue." Cool Temperatures In the western states, the thermometer readers were cool, as were the readings. In a suburb of Lincoln, Nebr., a Sunday tornado dipped to earth and leveled a house. Mrs. Stella Morris, 78, was killed. Two others in the house were treated for in- Heaviest damage will be to the corn crop, much of which will be on the ground or too low to be harvested by mechanical corn pickers. It will come from the fields this fall either by hand work or in hogs turned into the fields to pick it up. There'will be too much for hogs to harvest, however, and farmers were wondering how to get enough help to bring it in in the old fashioned way. Leslie Carl, Des Moines, state- federal crop reporting chief, made this comment: "This wind is going to play havoc with Iowa's corn harvest. There is so much corn with brittle shanks and, coupled with corn borer damage, these winds will knock the crop galley west." Carl said wind damage to the corn would create a "tremendous problem" in harvesting the Iowa corn crop with mechanical pickers. Constant Trouble "If the machines are set low enough to catch ears and stalks on the ground there is going to be constant trouble with clogging from trash. If they are set higher they are going to miss an awfully lot of corn." Carl said there is no practical way to estimate in terms of bushels the amount of corn which will be lost because of the wind. He said that a week ago a survey of various Iowa sections showed that in some places as much as 40 per cent of the corn was on the ground. "This wind undoubtedly will send the percentages up all along the line," he commented. Rainfall before and after 8 a. m. totaled i inch. The storm was general throughout North Iowa, with trees and roofs suffering considerable damage. At Osage a large tree in front of the Bloxham hotel split and one-half fell and damaged the hotel roof. Aerial Dismantled At Decorah the high wind dismantled a television aerial of the Standard Appliance company which stood about 40 feet above the building. No damage was done otherwise, and no one was injured. Cornfields were flattened in this area. It is reported that some fields will have to be har- Truman Defeat Expected on 3rd Term for Leland Olds Washington, (AP) — The senate this week may hand President Truman a defeat on one warm political issue, with the outcome doubtful in another. ' • Unless there is an unexpected change in sentiment, the senate seems likely to slap down the president's reappoint— *ment of Leland Olds to a 3rd strong that windshield wipers were needed. With all of the flying glass from plate glass windows and extreme hazards offered by down wires, only one injury was reported up to 2 p. m., Monday. Ben Hendrickson, route 3, was treated for a broken arm at Park hospital. He said he was going to the mailbox on his farm when a gust of wind blew him down and caused the injury. Plate glass in many store windows in downtown Mason City was shattered. Radio towers throughout the city were trembling. Spectators lined the street across from the police station as the huge police tower tottered for several feet back and forth. Icehouse Totters The icehouse south of Roosevelt stadium was enroute to partial destruction at last. Early afternoon reports warned persons to stay clear of the building and the roof was reported off A large section of roof on the Washington, congressional leaders informed President Truman Monday that unless complications develop congress will adjourn Saturday. Speaker Rayburn told reporters that it all depends on the senate, since he can guarantee the house will be ready to quit on the target date. juries. The whirling funnel of wind vested by the hogs. At Charles City a 30-mile an Shows Gratitude Englewood, Colo., (U.R)-i-Motorist George Rash, 32, saw the police car behind him upset and he went back to pick up the slightly-injured patrolman. When they arived at the police station, the officer, Martin Knisley, thanked Rash for the ride and then gave him a ticket for speed- I ing and running a red light. had scythed a path 12 miles long across the Nebraska countryside before it made its deadly strike. In its wake it left a tangle of communication and power lines. The damaging winds hop-skip- and-jumped over Oklahoma. One woman was injured at Slapout, Okla., a small farm community 50 miles northwest of Woodward. % Houses Damaged Two houses and a filling station were damaged. A twister fingered down near Rosston and damaged a home on the outskirts of Laverne in Harper county. In Russell, Kans., a small tornado ignored the outskirts,—it lashed down Main street. One woman was critically injured, but on the edge of town 500 farmers danced on at a V. F. W. hall as the winds by-passed them. hour wind blew out a plate glass window at the Petersen Plumbing & Heating Co., on Main street. Power was off for a short time. Fifteen hundreths of an inch of rain fell during high wind. No damage so far reported from the county. Two Mason City radio stations, KICM and KSMN, were off the air during part of the day due to power failure and sattion KGLO was operating on emergency diesel power. The fire department called in the offshift at 8:30 a. m., and was swamped with trouble calls of all descriptions and 135 Mason City telephone lines were down. Long distance circuits out totaled 65. Word from the highway patrol said a truck caught on fire from a down wire west of Nora Springs. Raises Spray Motorists along the north shore of. Clear Lake said the spray was shooting across the highway so huge new shed being constructed by the. Cash way Lumber store ai Emery was blown off, narrowly missing 2 employes in the adjacenl building of the Mason City and Clear Lake Railroad company building. More than $1,000 worth of damage was done at Lloyd's new service station and cafe, 2 miles east of Clear Lake on highway 18, owner Lloyd Hayes stated. A 16 by 75 roof was blown off and crashed on a garage with a newly repaired auto in it. Other damage at the Lake was reported at the Larson hatchery and the Clear Lake Lumber company. More than 40 feet of fence was ripped out in front oi the Drive- In, theater on highway 18. The airport at Rochester, Minn., reported 100 mile an hour winds to the CAA, which said it was an unprecedented figure 'for the north central United States. According to Beaufort's scale, used by the CAA, hurricane winds are those from 73 to 82 miles an hour; a storm is from 64 to 72 miles an hour, and a whole gale, from 55 to ^63—"seldom experienced inland.' ;erm on the federal power commission. The results are in dobut in a back-stage fight over the president's demand that congress Droaden the base and raise the quota for admission of displaced persons from Eurone. Play Bigr Part Otherwise unrelated, these 2 issues are expected to play a part next year's struggle between the republicans and democrats for control of congress. Mr. Truman used the DP issue in last year's campaign, calling the law passed by the republican 80th congress "Anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic." If action on its revision is blocked by the democratic 81st, republicans may have something to say about that. As the situation stands, Mr. Truman's best hope for action on the DP measure lies in an effort by administration senators and some republicans to force it out of the senate judiciary committee over the opposition of Chairman McCarran (D.-Nev.). Senator Ferguson • (R. - Mich.) plans such an attempt this week. Party Regularity President Truman's attempt to make support of Olds a matter of party regularity seemed to have rebounded. Mr. Truman said the big corporations were after Olds. Oil and gas state senators opposed him because he wants the power commission to regulate natural gas. Others talked of his "radical writings/ Truman Asks Funds for Arms Shipment Washington, (fP) — President Truman asked congress Monday for $1,314,010,000 to pay for American arms shipments abroad to aid friendly nations. He requested an appropriation of $814,010,000 and authority to enter into $500,000,000 worth o contracts. Senator Byrd (D.-Va.) tore into the president about his demand for party support of the appointee. Other democrats grumbled privately that the president had no business butting into their realm of confirming or rejecting h i s nominees. By all counts the odds were against Olds, despite a campaign by the democratic national committee to'stir'up support for the nominee through the country. Marshall and Swift Scene of Robbery 'Midwest police were alerted Monday for clues to the robbery of furs valued at $7,660, wholesale, from the Marshall and Swift Fur company, 214 Delaware N. E., which apparently took place sometime Sunday morning. It was the largest loot in Mason City since the Dillinger gang held up the First National bank and took $52,000 in 1934. Chief of Police Harold E. Wolfe said he -believed the work was done by "experts" because of the entrance they made through the glass front door of the company's fur shop. The intruders apparently pulled the lock off with strong tweezers, made a quick entry and exit. The glass around the lock was not damaged or even' scratched. Chief Wolfe said a policeman checked the door at 12:30 a. m., Sunday and again at 4:30 a. m. The door was found open by a company janitor Sunday afternoon. Company officials said 31 pieces of fur, including coats and scarves, were missing. They were mink, muskrat, Persian lamb, silver fox, squirrel, hair seal, ocelot and Kolinsky, and all were on display. The thieves left all but one hanger in place. No report has'been given of any persons in' the area during the possible time of the robbery. Postal employes ai work across the street at the time did not see anyone. Store personnel told police they did not recall waiting on any suspicious persons recently. A similar robbery was reported at Cownie's in 'Waterloo 2 weeks ago but no clues obtained. In May, a new store in Oelwein, with a glass front door, was robbed oC $6,000 worth of furs in an early morning raid on 3 stores there. A large black sedan with Illinois license plates was the only clue uncovered in that robbery. Teacher at Luther College Elected to Lutheran Office Rock Island, 111., (#>) — Dr. George F. Hall of Gustavus Adolphus college, St. Peter, Minn., is the new president of the Association of Lutheran College Faculties, succeeding Edward Nervig of Augusta college, Sioux Falls, S. Dak. Other officers named Saturday were Dr. W. O. Doescher, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio., vice president; Miss Clara Paulson, Luther college, Decorah, Iowa, secretary; and Dr. Juanita Jones, Carthage college, Carthage, 111,, treasurer. DIES OF INJURIES Marengo, (£>) — Winfield Boslough, 75, of Rock Island, 111., died here Sunday night of injuries received Friday in an accident at the southwest edge of Marengo. Boslough was rounding a curve at the junction of highways 6 and 212 when his car went out of control and broke off a telephone pole. He suffered a punctured lung and other chest injuries. SAME DATE—m»—402 (BUck f1»r m«»n» traffic death in Zi heart)

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