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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE 'THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBOR S' VOL. LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires (Five Cents a Copy) MASON CITY, IOWA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1949 HOME EDITION TiUilf This Paper Consists of Two Sections—Section One No. 317 DOCUMENTS FROM SHADOWS BEAR THEIR NAMES—Typed copies of iSteS"se- cretly slipped to newsmen Monday in a Washington, D. C., shadowy office building corridor bore the typed names of, left to right: Vice Admiral Gerald F. Bogan, Admiral Louis Denfeld and Admiral A. W. Radford. The documents pictured navy morale as shot to pieces and the nation's security imperilled under the present unified defense setup. To Investigate Navy Charge 4. 3 Admirals Senate Spurns Young Proposal for High Level Price Support • Washington. (AP)—The senate Tuesday rejected a proposal to continue government price supports for cotton, corn, wheat and other basic crops at the high level first set during Say Morale at Low Ebb Washington, (U.R) — The house armed services r committee will open a full scale investigation early next week into charges that unification is destroying the navy's morale and combat efficiency, it was learned Tuesday. Rep. Leslie C. Arends, (R.-I11.), said the investigation was decided on at a secret meeting of the committee's policy group earlier Tuesday. At the top of the list of witnesses will be the 3 admirals who were revealed Monday night to have backed Capt John G. Crommelin in challenging the unification policies laid down by Navy Secretary Francis P. Matthews. They are Adm. Louis E. Denfeld, chief of naval operations, Adm. A. W. Radford, commander- in-chief of the Pacific-- fleet, and Vice Adm. Gerald F. Bogan, commander of th'e first task fleet in the Pacific. "In addition, we will hear any- 1 body else that the navy wishes to send up," Arends said. That raised the possibility that a hearing might be granted to the 46-year-old C r o m m e 1 i n, who risked his naval career by charging publicly on Sept. 10 that air force and army leaders in the Pentagon were ganging up to destroy naval aviation at the expense of the national security. Arends said he was not sure whether the hearings would open Monday or Tuesday. But he said Committee Chairman Carl Vinson, (D.-Ga.), would announce the date Wednesday morning. the Avar. The vote was officially announced as 38 to 37 against an amendment by Senators Young (R-N. Dak.) and Russell (D- Ga.). They wanted it put into a compromise long-range farm bill providing for price props" ranging from 75 to 90 pel- cent of parity for major farm products. The amendment would have pegged price supports for wheat, cotton, corn, peanuts, tobacco and rice at 90 per cent of parity when production controls such as acreage allotments or marketing quotas were in effect. Senator Lucas (D-I11.) said meanwhile that the administration will not offer the Brannan farm plan as a substitute for the price bill now nearing a vote. Tucker Plant Is Returned to Government Chicago, (U.R) — The Tucker Corp. lost its huge war plant Tuesday as President Preston Tucker, Sr., and 7 associates went to trial for alleged fraud in the $28,000,000 financing of a rear- engine automobile that never got into production. As the moil fraud and conspir- K acy trial began before Federal Judge Walter J. LaBuy, in another courtroom Federal Judge Michael L. Igoe signed an order returning the sprawling Tucker plant to the war assets administration. Loss of the plant, world's larg- v est under a single roof, all but shattered Tucker's dream of revolutionizing the automotive industry with a radically new car. It also put a major stumbling block in the way of any attempt to reorganize the firm. Igoe signed the order on the recommendation of his court-appointed Tucker trustees. Under the order, the trustees are given 60 days in which to try to sell Tucker's 10-year lease on the plant, his option to buy it for $30,000,000, and machinery inside the huge building. The plant was built by the gov- •-• ernment during the war at a cost of $170,000,000. Igoe signed the order despite objections from Warren Orr, representing Tucker stockholders. Orr presented the trustees with a reorganization plan calling for a $20,000,000 loan from the reconstruction finance corporation and a new stock issue of $20,000,000 to get the company on its feet. Under the plan, the 44,000 Tucker stockholders would be given . the right to buy new stock at $5 per share upon relinquishing old stock whose par value was $5 a •hare. The plan also called for gale of the Tucker subsidiary, Air- Mid-Continent Presents Air Franchise Case Washington, (/P)—Mid-Continent Airlines contends small single-engine planes cannot adequately serve the country's largest feeder air line territory in the midwest. The Kansas City firm, in a statement filed at a civil aeronautics board hearing, said that based upon the reliability factor alone, it believes single-engine service "would be unresponsive to the needs of the cities." Mid-Continent is asking CAB authority to acquire Parks Airlines of East-St. Louis, 111., wh : ch holds permits to operate 4]OU3- miles of routes in 11 midwestern states, stretching from Minneapolis to Tulsa and Memphis. Mid-Continent proposes to use twin-engine planes. Parks favors the merger. Eight other airlines are seeking part or all of the Parks routes. Parks was awarded the routes several years ago but has never started flights. In addition to supporting the merger proposal, it has presented testimony it is now in financial position to start flights with single engine planes. Parks asked to be allowed to keep the routes if the consolidation is denied. Mid-Continent says it desires the merger but if this is disapproved it seeks the territory as an independent carrier. Mid-Continent's President J. W. Miller, 'in a statement for the board, said that while numerous provisional feeder routes had been established, not one was authorized by the CAB to an experienced airline operator. Stover Asks for Fair Farm Price Levels Swaledale—"This fight over the matter of farm supports is the most important fight we haye ever had over any farm legislation," Fred Stover, state president of the Farmers Union, declared at a meeting heze Monday night.. . Stover explained how parity price is determined and advocated the Brannan plan in preference to the Hope-Aiken and Anderson plans. He indicated the need for a world granary "and advocated that the supply-demand situation determine the price level. "If agriculture takes the rap, the nation also will take the rap," he said. "We will.be flirting with national as well as farm bankruptcy if a fair farm program is not put into effect." Tobin Calls for Labor Solidarity Gives Address Before St. Paul AFL Convention St. Paul, (#>)—Secretary of Labor Maurice J. Tobin Tuesday called on organized labor to replace discord and cross-purposes with "the solidarity of co-operation" to secure such objectives as repeal of the Taft-Hartley act. "It has already been proved that when an international crisis is being faced, or when the labor movement is being threatened within a state or in Washington, AFL and CIO can work together effectively and harmoniously," Tobin said in a speech prepared for the national AFL convention. "I am pleading merely tor a logical projection of the spirit behind such activities," the cabinet officer said, pointing out that he had no "program of unification" or "any scheme for making labor one and indivisible." Political Level He urged co-operation, on the political level "if we are' to get rid of Taft-Hartley" and realize other parts of President Truman's "fair deal." "Last November," Tobin said, "workers and farmers pulled together, not because there was any alliance, but because both groups had come to realize that the only real hope for a fair deal was the election of President Truman. We must keep alive and strengthen that community of interest which manifested itself last year." Sunday the AFL executive committee rejected political co-operation with the CIO on a national scale, but left the way open for joint action locally. Scores T-H Act Monday, Senator Humphrey (D- Minn.) scored the Taft-Hartley act, declaring "there will be no labor-management peace until this grossly unfair, anti-labor legislation is removed . . . and the economic relationships between labor and management are settled around the conference table." In another call for unity, Humphrey said "it is the responsibility of the labor movement and of every liberal and democratic organization to forget personal pride and petty differences and to unite behind candidates and- around a program between now and the 'pay dirt' year of 1950." Hurricane Strikes in Largest Texas City AP Wirephoto LEAVING TOWN—Residents proceed cautiously down main street in Port Lavaca, Tex., as they leave town before the hurricane hits the Texas coast. Heavy rains left the main streets of this coastal city flooded with water. Vandenberg in "Fine" Condition Ann Arbor, Mich., (U.R)—Uni- versity hospital authorities reported Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg in "fine" condition Tuesday after half of his left lung was removed in a lengthy operation. Dr. John Alexander, chief surgeon, said he couldn't expect the senate republican leader to feel better. The delicate G£ hour operation Monday was needed to correct a lung lesion, Alexander said. Octopuses used jet propulsion in swimming long before men thought of the idea. To Form East German State Berlin, (U.R)—Top communist officials in the soviet zone of Germany are preparing to establish an east German state by proclamation before Oct. 20, reliable sources said Tuesday. Reliable German sources close to the Russian military government 'said Otto Grotewohl, cochairman of the communist socialist unity party, would be appointed chancellor in the new state. These sources said a foreign ministry would be included in the new government. Soviet satellites and Russia wou^cl immediately recognize the east German state, they said, and there would be an exchange of ambassadors. IN SERIOUS CONDITION Iowa City—Chai-les Mosher, Hampton, son of Harold Mosher, is in serious condition with polio at University hospitals here. China Reds Ask for U. S. Recognition Washington, (/P) — The communist government of China has formally requested recognition by the United States. The state department reported the request was made in a letter to the American consul general at red-controlled Peiping over the weekend. The letter, signed by Chou En Lai, communist foreign minister, said: "I consider that it is necessary that there be established normal diplomatic relations between the peoples republic of China and all countries of the world." Identical notes were reported sent to diplomats from France, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium 3 Miners Are Shot During Tennessee Strike Violence Pittsburgh, (AP)—Gunfire and death broke the brief aim in the strife-scarred mine fields as the twin strikes of 100,000 steel and coal workers ground on Tuesday at a staggering cost of more than $30,000,000 a day. Violence flared in Tennessee. A Virginia miner was killed n a rock fall. Pickets wrecked* machinery at a Pennsylvania situminous pit. and presumably the Peiping. British in Mother of 14 Gives Birth to Triplets Pittsburgh, (&) —A 34-year-old housewife with 14 little income tax exemptions scrambling around her home has added 3 more—this time triplets. Mrs. Erma Griser gave birth to 2 boys and a girl in her home at suburban Pitcairn. Her flock already included 3 sets of twins. The births Monday put Mrs. Griser's number of offspring past her total years of marriage. Her last birth had made 14 children in 14 years. The new windfall brings the record to 17 in 15 years. Truman Observer at War Games Fort Bragg, N. Car., (U.R)—Pres- ident Truman Tuesday watched top-secret combat equipment of the army field forces in action at war games staged for his benefit here. The chief executive, accompanied by Army Secretary Gordon Gray and Gen. J. Lawton Collins, army chief of staff, came here by plane Tuesday morning. Cooled Motors N. Y, Inc., at Syracuse, Crosley Reduces Price on Autos Cincinnati, Ohio, (U.R) — The Crosley Motors Co. announced price reductions Tuesday ranging from $66 to $105 on its entire line of automobiles and trucks. Powel Crosley, Jr., president, said the reductions were made as a result of "cost-reducing research and development." He said almost all Crosley models can be delivered anywhere in the United States for less than $1,000. AP Wirephoto CLOSE CALL—Chet Derby, in an acrobatic exhibition at the air show in Oakland, Cal., flies his smoke-trailing plane through the air barely missing a B-29. This unscheduled event occurred when a flight of low-flying air force B-29s passed over the field. Derby, flying upside down and unable to sec what was above, came within about 5 feet of colliding with the B-29. America's . economy staggered and creaked in the wake of the -pronged pensions shutdown. John L. Lewis' 400,000 soft coal diggers who work in the mines :ast of the Mississippi have been trike-idle since Sept. 19. That's 6 payless days. And 500,000 of 'hillip Murray's CIO steelworkers truck 95 per cent of the nation's teel mills and iron ore mines ast Saturday. Pensions are involved in both disputes. Steel picketing is orderly and quiet—everywhere. It's the most peaceful walkout in history for Murray's men. Some steel strikes n the past have resulted in vio- ence. But there has been little peace n the coal fields. A week ago unfire, rock-throwing and explosions ripped the mining coun- .ryside. Violence broke out anew Monday. Matt Bunch, UMW international representative, said 20 union miners on a "peaceful mission" were ambushed at Pikeville, Tcnn., by non-union miners. Three men were shot, one seriously. Two others are missing, No arrests were made. Bunch said between 75 and 100 shots were fired by men hiding behind bushes as the UMW miners walked up a small path toward a non-union mine. At Whitehall, State Patrolman Harold Wade said striking UMW members were in an ugly mood over the incident and there was themselves. At Grundy, Va., Johnnie Compton, 23, was killed in a rock fall that buried the truck in which he was hauling non-union mined coal. An employe of a strikebound mine was questioned several hours, then freed. Coal is being dug. One fifth of Lewis' miners—80,000 anthracite diggers in eastern Pennsylvania and about 20,000 bituminous miners in 10 western states—trooped back to the pits Monday. Reject Olds for 3rd Term With FTG Washington, (/P) —A senate commerce subcommittee voted unanimously Tuesday against approving a 3rd term for Leland Olds on the federal power commission. The subcommittee includes 4 democrats and 3 republicans. The full interstate commerce committee is slated to meet Wednesday morning and may act formally on the subcommittee's,recommendation then. Since the full committee has only 13 members, the subcommittee constitutes a majority of it. Olds, 58, has served on the commission since 1939. He was first appointed to it by President Roosevelt. President Truman nominated Olds for another term, out he cannot serve without senate approval. talk of arming Commits Suicide by Hanging in Northside Store Ole H. Olson, 50, 1454i N. Federal, was found dead in the store below his apartment, the Opportunity shop, Tuesday morning. Dr. Ralph E. Smiley, Cerro Gordo coroner, said death was caused by suicide by hanging. A resuscitator from the fire department was 'rushed to the scene but firemen and police were unable to revive Olson. Police said the man had been ill for about 6 months. He had been up and around though and usually opened the shop, where he was found hanging in the closet. Olson, who was single, is reported to have relatives in Carroll and Minneapolis. The subcommittee voted to recommend that the senate reject the nomination. That would mean putting Old's name before the whole senate for a vote. A possible alternative procedure would have been for the committee simply to table the nomination and make no report to the senate. Olds^has been under fire for articles he wrote in the 1920's and for his views on federal regulatory powers over the natural gas industry. Friends of Olds have contended that the attack upon him stemmed from big power and national gas interests. 90 Mile an Hour Winds Hit Houston But Storm Moves Far Inland and Begins Dying Out Houston, (/P)—A howling hurricane swept over this Texas metropolis early Tuesday but caused surprisingly, little damage. At mid-morning the storm had moved far inland and was dying out. Churning out of the Gulf ol Mexico late Monday night, the hurricane lashed coastal area rich in rice and industry. Then about 1:30 a. m. (CST) it smashed into Houston, Texas' largest city of 500,000-plus population. Houston itself was hurt little. A few plate-glass store windows were smashed. Debris was strewn about, and the 90 mile an hour wind bent trees horizontal. Torrential rains closed some streets. Heaviest damage was to a rich rice crop just ripe for harvest. Damage to rice, cotton and vegetable fields ran into the millions. Storm Warnings Down At 10 a. m. (CST) the New Orleans weather bureau ordered all hurricane warnings down and said "the hurricane has gradually lost force." At that time the storm was centered about 80 miles north of 'Houston, moving north, north- estward about 15 miles an hour. Torrential rains, up to 9 inches at Beaumont, flattened and beat down the bumper rice crop. President A. Hoyt of the American rice growers association said damage was "heavy." He declined to make a^dollar-and-cents estimate. "Damage to the unharvested rice in Jefferson county; •Soy t ; said,, ranged from 20 to 70 per cent. The hurricane's first target was a coastal strip between Matagorda and Freeport, Tex., studded with industries and about 60 miles south of here. One Missing One person was missing, much of a rich rice crop destroyed, and cotton heavily damaged as the hurricane twisted inland. Rains up to 7.21 inches at Port Arthur fell throughout the coastal area. An exact estimate of total damage was impossible until further checks could be made. But it appeared heaviest damage was to rice and cotton, and that the coast's vast and sprawwing industry was relatively unhurt. Galveston, island resort city about 50 miles southeast of here, caught the edge of the storm. But its high seawalls saved it from great damage. Tuesday morning many of the city's residents scoffed at the idea that a hurricane had passed in the night. "Lots of wind and lots of rain, but no hurricane," was the verdict of hurricane-wise Houston residents. Reynolds Will Hurl for Yanks New York, (#>}—Casey Stengel, manager of the New York Yankees, said Tuesday that Allie Reynolds would be his starting pitcher in the first game of the world series with the Brooklyn Dodgers in Yankee Stadium Wednesday. Burt Shotton, Dodgers' manager, refused to name his pitcher or even suggest a probable. But Shotton is expected to select either Don Newcombe, giant Negro righthander, or E 1 w i n Preacher" handcr. Roc, slender left- SAME DATE—1948—393 (WhIU l\»t mean* no truffle dcilhi in past 21 houri) To Serve 6 Months for Stealing Plane Marengo, (U.R)—Paul Knapp, 26, Des Moines, was sentenced to a 6 months' jail term Tuesday for the theft of an airplane. Knapp was sentenced in district court, where he pleaded guilty last week to a larceny charge. Since he already has been in jail a month awaiting court action he will be released after 5 month in Iowa county jail. Weather 'Report FORECAST Mason City: Partly cloudy through Wednesday. Low Tuesday night near 36. High Wednesday near 70. Iowa: Mostly cloudy Tuesday night. Rain southeast portion. Wednesday partly qloudy. Low Tuesday night 45-50 northwest 50-55 southeast. Iowa: 5-day weather outlook- Temperatures will average near normal and precipitation will average i to 4 inch. There will be no great changes in temperature, but turning somewhat cooler Friday with a warming trend by Sunday. Showers expected Friday and again Sunday. Normal high near 70, normal low near 46. Minnesota: Mostly fair Tuesday night; cooler extreme southeast, not so cool west portion. Partly cloudy and warmer Wednesday. iN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics of the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m. Tuesday: Maximum 80 Minimum 42 At 8 a. m. 45 YEAR AGO: Maximum 68 Minimum 33

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