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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" HOME EDITION VOL. LV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires (Five Cents a Copy) MASON CITY, IOWA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1949 This Paper Consists o£ Two Sections—Scclioti ,pno No. 316 One Man's Opinion A Radio Commentary By W. EARL HALL Managing Editor Here's a Book You Are Going to Enjoy I AM quite sure that even if I didn't know and like its author, Hartzell Speuce, I would have liked the book which lies open before me as I begin this visit with you. The book is cleverly titled, "Happily Ever After" and I forecast for it a success comparable with Spence's earlier best sellers, "One Foot in Heaven" and "Get Thee Behind Me." Like his former two books which rang the bell of public favor, this latest book—just off the Whittiesey House press—is written in the autographical style. Mr. Spence has tried his hand at novels—pure fiction and dramatized history—but he's at his level best when he's dealing with his own life and his own experiences. Those of you who either read "One Foot in Heaven" or saw it in the screen version will recall that the principal character was his father, a truly great preacher whom 1 knew as friend and neighbor.' It pictured life in a parsonage. There was "joy and there was pathos.. "Get Thee" Behind Me" was a-sequel. The Result of a Dream This new book, "Happily Ever After," is the story of trials and tribulations experienced by Hartzell Spence and his wife, Margaret, in trying to materialize their dream of a full life in the country. It's the story of their purchase and attempted reclamation of an ancient 700 acre farm in Virginia, the center of which was , a vast dilapidated manor house, "Gaston Hall." It all started back in 1941— Pearl Harbor day, to be exact— when Hartzell and Margaret, in South America in quest of material for an historical novel, "Vain Shadow," visited Guerrero on his Argentine estancia. Guerrero too had once been a rover, with no place to call home. He had found peace and security —the "good life"—by centering his interest in reclaiming a large tract of wasteland along the ocean south of Buenos Aires. If he could do this, so could they, the Spences reasoned. Wanted the "Full Life" From this moment on, they had but one idea in life. That .was to have a farm home of their own, a place where they could send down their taproots to the peace and security—the "full life"— .which their Argentine friend had found in such full measure. It was an unquenchable dream. Not even the war which was starting at almost the exact moment of their inspiring conversation with Guerrero could put it out of their minds. Harfczell entered the service, became a lieutenant colonel and was appointed editor of "Yank," _due to his extensive experience with the United Press and other news agencies. This meant living in New York, about as far from things agricultural as anything that could be imagined. Later, however, there was a transfer to.the Pentagon in Washington. This meant exposure to the farmsteads of Virginia, which was just about where they wished to be ultimately, in consideration of HartzelPs car,eer as a writer and the necessity of being in easy reach of the New York publishing houses. In Constant Quest On every free day, the Spences would range the countryside about Washington in quest of the hon>e of their dreams. Places which measured up to their specifications were either prohibitively expensive or not for sale. But they were undismayed. They went on looking. Finally, and by chance, they met up with Gaston Hall, with its 700 acres of neglected land. The state of disrepair of this once luxurious house with 30 rooms and a swimming pool was so great that neither Hartzell nor Margaret would reveal the interest which each had in the place. On the day that Gaston Hall was offered at an auction sale, the Spences were on hand, checkbook in pocket. That night they were the owners of the property, ready for the unfolding of the next chapter in their dream of peace and security—the "good life"—by communing with nature. And that's where all the trouble started. The book, "Happily Ever After," is given over quite largely to a setting forth of the problems which arose in trying to convert Gaston Hall into that haven of quiet and contentment •painted by Guerrero on his Argentine estancia. Burden Fell on Her For one thing, the air force claimed most of Hartzell's time and attention during the war years. This meant that the burden of the reclamation program in a rat-infested house with 30 rooms fell principally on Margaret, with a 1-year old son. All the while Hartzell was a de- yoted reader of bulletins from the department of agriculture. He (CONTINUED ON PAGE 2) A"P Wirephoto HORSE THROWS U. S. JUSTICE — Justice William 0. Douglas, thrown from a horse on a rocky trail high in the Cascade mountains in Washington, lies on a litter, waiting for an ambulance. He suffered 13 broken ribs and a punctured lung when his horse reared, threw him and rolled over him. r Condition of Douglas Satisfactory Yakima, Wash., (U.R) — Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was reported in "satisfactory" condition Monday at St. Elizabeth's hospital where he was taken after suffering serious injuries when his horse threw him down a rocky hillside. The 50-year-old jurist suffered 13 broken ribs anf —a deflated right lung when his's -se reared and flung him down 'he slope Sunday. Dr. W. Schuler Ginn said that blood plasma was being kept on hand, but no transfusions had been made. In severe pain, Douglas was brought to the hospital here 77 miles from the scene of the 'accident by a Washington state patrol ambulance. Douglas was accompanied on the mountaineering expedition by Elon Gilbert, his boyhood friend. Gilbert, said they were headed for Crystal mountain, 5 miles from towering Mount Rainier, when the mishap occurred. Asks Russia to Find U. S. Ship '"Washington, (/P) — The United States has asked Russia to help locate a South Korean merchant ship which disappeared Sept. 20 with 2 American government officials aboard. The state department's press officer, Michael McDermott, said Monday that Ambassador Kirk in Moscow made the request in a note to the Russian foreign office. The ship, the Kimball R. Smith, was reported by the communist radio in North Korea to have arrived at the Port of Chininampo in soviet-cpntrolled North Korea Sept. 22. '=••-- . Kirk's note indicated this government believes the vessel is still there. He told the foreign office it "would be appreciated if the Soviets ::would facilitate the prompt departure of the officials and the vessel." Want Banker to Testify in Air Hearings Washington, (/P) — Braniff Airways said Monday it expects to ask the civil aeronautics board to subpena an Illinois banker to testify concerning a 5400,000 loan to Parks Air Lines of East St. Louis, 111. Philip Piser, Braniff counsel, made the statement at a civil aeronautics board hearing after Parks' attorneys refused his request that the banker be called as' a witness. Parks Air Lines was granted 4,003 miles of feeder airline routes in 11 midwest states several years ago but never started flights. The present hearing is to determine whether Parks' permits should be .continued or whether the x'9uf;es should be awarded to other'carriers. Parks told the board last week it now is prepared to begin service with single engine .planes. Oliver L. Parks, president of Parks Air Lines, testified Thursday the air line had obtained a $400,000 loan from the National Stock Yards National bank of National Stockyards, III, A confirming telegram, came Friday, signed by E. S. Williams, the bank's Vice president. Loyd Benefield, Parks counsel, said in turning down Braniff's request that all parties had agreed last Thursday that a telegram from the bank listing the conditions of the loan would be satisfactory. Piser said Williams' telegram was ambigious concerning a statement that the loan would be extended as may be necessary. He said he didn't know whether this might mean necessary in Parks' opinion or that of the bank officials. 102,000 Coal Miners Back on Job But 400,000 More Remain on Strike; Steelworkers Out By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS One hundred two thousand of John L. Lewis' coal miners went back to work Monday, but 400,000 remained on strike as did 513,000 ClO-steelworkers. There was optimism voiced that settlement of the 156-day strike of 2,000 CIO longshoremen at Hawaii may come soon. Tension relaxed in Detroit's auto industry as CIO auto workers planned to apply the Ford settlement pattern to Chrys- er and other manufacturers. The United Mine Workers sent ack to their jobs Monday by the erse hint from union headquar- ers that their idleness "is not now ital to the pending wage nego- iations" were 80,000 anthracite hard coal) diggers in Pennsyl- ania and 22,000 soft coal miners vest of the Mississippi. The UMW battle cry of recent ears, "no contract, no work," ap- arently was discarded for a lim- :ed application of "no pension, no vork." Contracts applying to all UMW liners.expired during the summer, and pension and other wel- are fund payments have been uspended because southern coal perators have stopped paying oyaltics of 20 cents a ton of coal nined to the fund under a no ontract, no royalties policy. In the steel strike which hit 56 >asic steel plants and 50 iron ore mines Saturday, there were rumors of new government inter- 'ention. The white house has indicted that President Truman is landing on his decision of last veek that he will take no direct action, however. Most likely de- elopment would be new efforts by Chief Government Mediator yrus Ching to get bargaining sessions under way again. Weather 'Report FORECAST Mason City: Cloudy and mild Monday night. Low Monday night 48. Partly cloudy and cooler Tuesday with high 63. Iowa: Cloudy Monday night with occasional showers southeast. Slightly cooler east portion. Tuesday mostly cloudy with light rain southeast and extreme south portions. Low Monday night 48 northwest, 60 southeast. Minnesota: Partly cloudy through Tuesday. Cooler northwest and west central portions Monday night. Somewhat cooler southeast portion Tuesday. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics of the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m. Monday: Maximum 73 Minimum , 54 At 8 a. m. 65 YEAR AGO: Maximum 66 Minimum 35 Globe-Gazette weather statistics of the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m. Sunday. Maximum Minimum At 8 a. m. Precipitation YEAR AGO: Maximum Minimum 71 51 58 67 47 Nationalists Break With Soviet Union Canton, China, (U.R)—National- ist China Monday denounced soviet recognition of the cornmunis' government in China as an "ac of aggression" and severed diplomatic relations with Russia. Nationalist Foreign Ministei George Yeh in a formal statemen also announced that the nationalist government is taking steps to recall its diplomatic mission anc consular officials in the Sovie Union. The nationalist action wiil have little more than a moral effect however. The soviet govermnen informed the nationalist charge d'affaires in Moscow Sunday tha diplomatic relations between Canton and Moscow had ceased to exist with establishment of th communist people's governmen in Peking. "That the regime set up in Pcip ing (Peking) is soviet-sponsored should now be clear to all th world," Yeh said. "It is a puppe regime forced upon the peopl against their free will and it ideology is alien to Chinese civil ization and the Chinese pattern o life. "The Chinese government, in concluding a treaty (with the Sov let Union) in 1945 hoped that , foundation for peace and securit; in the Far East would be laid. Fo this reason, China always ob served all her obligations there from despite repeated soviet vio lations. "Recognition of the Peiping re gime by the Soviet Union there fore is not only an act of aggrcs sion against Chi mi, but also threat to peace and security in th Far East." 17 Killed, 5 Injured as Train Strikes Bus AP Wirephoto TRAIN DEMOLISHES BUS-r-The wreckage of an air force bus hangs on the front of a passenger train engine a mile from a grade crossing near Ontario, Cal., where the bus was struck Sunday night. Seventeen bus passengers were killed and 5 hurt. One Killed as 5 Cars Leave Rails Sleeping loach Is lut Open Ames, (/P)—A rail coach filled with sleeping passengers was sheared open, killing one person and injuring 4 severely, when 5 cars of the westbound City of San Francisco streamliner left the rails liere early Monday. All of the injured were on a coach which left the rails and was ipped open as it jack-knifed into a boxcar on a siding. Broken glass, Daggage and seats which hud been torn from their moorings flew through the coach. The coach's side was ripped open for a distance of about 20 feet and the coach immediately ' behind it scissored off the tracks as the crack Chicago and North Western passenger train came to a stop within 200 yards. Three sleepers at the rear of the train also left the tracks. None of the 5 cars turned over. Specific cause of the accident was not determined immediately. It occurred shortly before 3 a. m. Negro Killed Killed was Ernest Briggs,, 40 year old Negro from Oakland, Cal., who was on his honeymoon. His bride was unhurt. One woman passenger said: "I was awakened by the sound of breaki ing glass and found myself looking out into the open air. The side of the car was all gashed open." Most of the passengers were en- route to California. They were being transferred to another train for their journey westward. None of the 4 hospitalized injured was critically hurt., P. O. Redmond, a passenger, of Palo Alto, Cal., was one of the drowsy passengers shaken by the crash. Car Rocks "I had just been up front to the smoker," Redmond said, "when all at once the car swayed, one side began to fly to pieces, and the car rocked. "A woman came over the seat and landed on top of me. Some lumber also flew over the seat and pushed both of us down. "The most remarkable thing was the calmness of the women and children. I heard no one scream al ail." None of the injured was from Iowa. Algona Boy Killed, Mother Injured in Crash on Highway Amboy, Minn., (/P) — Wind whipped an automobile off the highway near here Saturday, and a 12 year old Iowa boy was killed. The victim, Clarence Scdrizzi, Algona, suffered a crushed skull as the car rolled over. His mother, Mrs. Nick Sedrizzi suffered minor injuries but Sedrizzi was unhurt. AP Wirephoto SLEEPING COACH SHEARED OPEN—This sleeping coach filled with sleeping passengers was sheared open killing one passenger and injuring 4 severely. The accident occurred when 5 cars of the westbound City of San Francisco streamliner.left the rails at Ames early Monday. File Second Counterclaim After Crash Damage claims in connection with the collision of 2 cars and a truck on highway 65 at Rockwell Jan. 25 mounted to $18,473 Monday with the filing of a 2nd counterclaim. Mary Jo Elefson, 6, Henry county, was killed in the crash. D. R. Browning, Des Moines, truck driver for the Rapid Thermo Gas company, Monday filed a counterclaim against James E. Coonley, Hampton, asking $3,550 damages. He denies the claim under which Coonley asks $3,345 damages, that the truck was? on the wrong side of the highway. Browning states in his petition that the. collision was caused by Coonley driving at an excessive and negligent rate of speed and attempting to pass the southbound car of Raymond O. Elefson although there was not sufficient room because of the northbound truck. Elefson, as administrator of the. estate of his daughter, previously had filed a $10,578 suit against Coonley. Browning's counterclaim was filed by his attorneys, Bryant and Bryant, Mason City, and Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor and Fairgrave, Des Moines. He asks $2,500 for damages to the truck, $50 for his medical expenses and $1,000 for pain and suffering and inability to use his left arm. COP THEFT VICTIM Washington. (U.R) — Rookie Policeman Michael Fiorc shamefacedly reported Lo headquarters Monday that somebody broke into his, parked car and stole his blue uniform blouse and his'badgc. Mason City Boy Flees Eldora Eldora, (/P)—Two inmates of the State Training School for Boys escaped Sunday night. No trace of them was found after a search lasting several hours. Supt. Hollis L. Miles said the" boys are Robert Olson, 18, of Jewell, and Norman Allison, 17, of Mason City. Miles said the youths had been swimming in an inside pool, asked to be excused a few minutes, dressed and walked away. Minton Approved by Senate Group Washington, (/P) — The senate judiciary committee Monday approved the nomination of federal Judge Sherman Minton of Indiana to be an associate justice of the supreme court. The committee voted 9 to 2 to send the nomination to the senate for confirmation with a favorable recommendation. Approval came after the committee reversed a previous decision to call Minton before it for questioning. HEADS CHIROPRACTORS DCS Moines, (fP) —*The Iowa Chiropractors' association auxiliary Monday elected Mrs. M. O. Dosland, New Hampton, as president to succeed Mrs. L. D. Church, Sheldon. FISHERMEN END STRIKE Vancouver, B. C., (U.R)—A weeklong strike of some 4,400 British Columbia salmon fishermen ended Monday with company-union agreement on a set scale of prices for the fish they catch. Green Serves Notice of Pay Boost Drive St. Paul,,Minn., (/P) —AFL President William Green Monday served notice of a new wage increase drive and bluntly said the AFL has no intention of being bound by President Truman's steel fact finding board no-pay-boost recommendation for American workers. In a keynote address opening the American Federation of Labor's annual convention, Green said: "We have never waived our right to demand wage increases for the workers of America. And we are not going to do it." ' President Truman's steel board recommended against any new wage increases for workers at this time, saying they would disrupt the economy. The board, instead, recommended a pension-insurance plan worth 10 cents an hour for steel workers. Green said that shaping plans for an even greater AFL political role in next year's election will be the primary work of the convention. 11 of Dead From Air Force Base Twins Sitting in Different Parts of Vehicle Survive Ontario, Cal., (IP) —A racing passenger train ripped into a U. S. air force bus at a crossing Sunday night, killing 17 of the 22 occupants. . Eleven of the dead were military or civilian personnel from March air base; 5 were members of the Ontario Hostess' club — a service organization — the other was the chaperone, Mrs. Ruby McLaughlin, 45, mother of one of the dead girls, Juanita McLaughlin, 18. Chief Deputy Coroner Edward P. Doyle said only 5 including twin sisters sitting in. different parts of the bus, escaped alive. It was hours before officers could draw a coherent picture from survivors. Earlier estimates of the injured ran as high as 24, and police at one time said 19 bodies had been accounted for. Acetylene torches finally cut away the mangled wreckage from the battered locomotive, and the train headed east more than 4 hours late. From Air Base The bus came from March air base, 40 miles east of here, and carried military and civilian personnel and girl friends homebound from a, day at the beach. No one on the bus' was unhurt, but no one was injured aboard the train, the Union.-Pacific's Pony Express. east bound;. to' Chicago. The railroad"-said 'th'e frain was traveling 70 miles an hour. . Engineer Al Hall declared "I didn't see a thing" before the crash. An ambulance driver, ex-marine Dick Klenhard, said the bloody wreck scene reminded him of Two Jima's beachhead — "there .we're dead and injured everywhere." Survivors included Omega and Marquita Pearce, 18 year old twins Irom Ontario. Omega received a broken ankle, Marquita cuts and bruises. She said she was sitting on the rear seat witn Charles Plevniak. "I heard a scream: 'Look out!' The next thing I knew, some men were picking me up." Plevniak was taken to Naval hospital at Long Beach with undetermined injuries. His condition was described as serious. Several Seats Up Marquita said her sister was several seats up in the bus. Sgt. Peter Grisolia, Brooklyn, N. Y., said: "All I could see was that frightening big light on the front of the train. I could see myself being hurled toward the wheels. But I didn't reachVhem, thank God." Nearly a mile of the railroad right-of-way—some 30 miles east of Los Angeles—was strewn with bodies, some decapitated and many mangled. Torches were required to cut one body from the bus wreckage. Another was pinned beneath the Diesel locomotive. What was left of the bus was wrapped around the engine. Survivors said the party had been to Corona Del Mar and Long Beach on a special services outing. It had dropped off some girl friends of the air base personnel only a few minutes before. SAME DATE—1948—39.1 (Black fl»j mean* traffic 4eKlh la • Si hturi) pill Killed When Car Goes Over Bank Dubuque. (fP)— Harold H. Siemers, 29, of Belleyue was killed Sunday when his car plunged over a 200-foot embankment after leaving highway 52 about 4£ miles south of Dubuque. ' Siemers' head struck a rock when he was thrown from the car. Carole George, 20, of Dubuque, who was riding with. Siemers, was cut about her head but she was able to get to the road and hail a motorist. Highway Patrolman Paul Mizer said the car skidded about 250 feet, part on its side, and sheared off a telephone pole before going over the embankment. TAX AUDIT PLANNED Des Moines, (/P)—A sample audit on federal income tax returns of 2,100 lowans is being made by the bureau of internal revenue. The bureau said the purpose is to determine how accurately they were filled out, how various occupations make out returns aud how much taxpayers know about income tax procedures. DfES OF POLIO Dubuque, (/P) — Howard Koch, 18, died Saturday at Mercy hospital in Dubuque of polio.

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