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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 5

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, January 28, 1943
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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE CLflSE MARGIN Robert Irwin Helps Blind ON FLYNN SEEN to 0ve j^P m e Many Handicaps Survey Made in Senate on Nominatiorrby F. R. WASHINGTON, W-Aa Associated Press poll indicated Thursday that the senate vole on confirmation of President Roosevelt's nomination of Edward J. Fly mi as minister to Australia is likely to be decided by an extremely close margin next week. Of 83 senators reached in personal interviews, 28 democrats and a progressive announced tuey would vote for confirmation o£ the president's long-time political and personal friend tor the imoor- tant diplomatic post. Against these 29 favoring the nomination, 31 senators, including four democrats and 27 republicans, were listed as publicly opposing confirmation. Eight senators--four .democrats and four republicans--were a w a y from Washington and their views could not be ascertained immediately. ·The final decision apparently rests with 20 democrats and 8 republicans who either had not made up theii- mind, or if they had, were unwilling to say so publicly. The four democrats listed as opposing confirmation were: Gillette of fowa. Van Nays' of Indiana; ..Wheeler of Montana and George oj Georgia.. The twenty-seven republicans listed in opposing included Butler.'and -Wherry of Nebraska Bushficld of South Dakota, Bail and, Shipstead of Minnesota and Wiley ot Wisconsin. Those who either said they had not-made up their minds · or de- .clined to make public their views included Wilson of Iowa and Gurney of South Dakota. Jap Planes Attack American Ships Near Aleutians; No Damage WASHINGTON, ,VP)--The navy announced Thursday that two Japanese float planes attacked United States ships somewhere west of our positions in the Aleutian islands. No damage was suffered, the navy said. It fvas the first such Japanese attack in the Aleutian islands in months, a navy spokesman said. The Japanese planes probably were operating out of Kiska. What, type of United. States ships were .attacked was not spe cified. THURSDAY, JANUARY 28. 1943 11 Months o f l 942 o£ Good Eire Record NEW-.YORK, (U.R) -- Nationwide efforts to curb fire waste effected a saying of 812,716,000 worth of machines, buildings and materials during the first 11 months of 1942 ns compared with the same period in 1941, according tn figures re- ·leased by the National Board of Fire Underwriters. Despite a number of disastrous fires, some of which destroyed or crippled vital war industries, the direct fire loss from January through November, 1942, was $278,380,000, as compared with 5291.096,000 for the same period in 1941. Increased public interest in fire prevention is given by authorities as one of the chief reasons for this good showing. Under "normal" or pre-war conditions, a much higher fire loss would have been expected during a similar period of expanding industrial and business activity. Another important factor in holding clown losses has been the training -of millions of factory workers and civilians in methods of fire defense. Posters, special bulletins, demonstrations, films etc., have been used to teach workers how to use hand extinguishers to put out fires when llicy start. Similar training has been sponsored by civilian defense and other service organizations, in almost every community in the country. The National Fire Prevention association points out that, as a result of this kind of training from oO to 90 per cent of all fire's that break out in factories or public Buildings are put out with hand fire extinguishers. WASHINGTON, D. C.,--Where- ever one turns these days he encounters stories of blind men and women who are doing outstanding jobs in war industry. This is no surprise to anyone familiar with blind people and their capabilities. The war emergency has only served to bring to the forefront ot public attention the result of long years of careful training, expert planning, and tireless organization. Many men and women for years have attempted to convince private industry that it had in the highly developed tactile sense : of bind individuals, and in the exceptional powers of concentration which they possess, an invaluable working asset. In the vanguard of these champions of the upward of 200,000 men and women who form the blind population of these United States is Robert B. Irwin, Executive Director of. the American Foundation for the Blind, who has himself been without sight since early childhood. Few who visit Mr. Irwin in his office, or see him traveling alone between New York and Washington, realize at first that he is blind. The truth is he has never let the fact that he cannot see hinder him unduly in his lifelong work' of doing everything in his power to aid his blind fellow citizens. ' M. Irwin early realized that in order to pursue the work on which he had set his mind' and heart, he would require a sound academic education. But money was scarce in the modest home in the State of \Vashington, where he lived with his parents, brothers and sisters,'and so Robert has to find some way of earning money to help pay for his university education. After graduation from the Washington State School for the Blind, Robert Irwin set out with his brother at v the other end of a tandem bicycle canvassing the countryside selling slereoptieian views of the world's wonders to fannersiand their wives who, like himself, had to take their Niagara Falls and Taj Mahal v;cariously. When he was graduated from Harvard with a master's degree, he formally began his life's work in behalf of the blind. Since 1929 Mr. Irwin has directed the work of the American Foundation for the Blind, the national organization which works for and. with existing agencies for sightless people from coast to coast. From his office at the Foundation's headquarters, 15 West 16th Street, New York City, he directs a staff of more than sixty people, some of them, like himself, without sight, in the development of mechanical aids, such as the Braille typewriter,'to'enable blind people the more readily to ovjercomo their handicaps. He also supervises a field ser- j vice; which sends his workers to every state of the Union and the j District of Columbia, directs- the [ devising and carrying out ot edu- ! cational programs, and the equally i important task of enlightening ' the general public on matters relating to blindness through library service and publications. One of this official's outstanding achievements is his sponsorship of the Talking Book. For years Mr. Irwin had felt that many blind people were, for various reasons, not benefiting by books in Braille, or other embossed type, which he iiad been working to simplify. He was convinced that reading should come to them through sound, the only other medium available. His staff workers supported his conviction, for the Foundation's researches proved that.less than 20 per cent of the country's sightless population employed finger reading. BLAME HEATER IN R, R. STATION Coroner's Jury Says Conditions Dangerous BURLINGTON, (.*)--An oil healer used to lieot a temporary wailing room and which was characterized as "dangerous under existing (remodeling) conditions," caused Hie Burlington route rail Mi-. Irwin interested philan- station fire that claimed four lives thropic friends in financing two years of experimentation, and in 193*. the Talking Book was introduced. This device consists of iong-playing phonographic disks on which trained readers from stage and radio daily record much that is of value in the world of printed books. At first the foundation developed and sold the Talking Book at cost. Later, Mr. Irwin succeeded in interesting Congress in the project, and now part of the appropriation made by the national legislature for reading for the blind underwrites the production of Talking Books. As a result, these books, credited with being the greatest boon brought to blind people in the present century, reach their sightless readers without cost, as the Library of Congress circulates them through 27 regional libraries which operate departments for the blind. In addition to his formal duties, Mr. Irwin, as one of the outstanding authorities on work for the blind in the Nation, has the responsibility of advising on the care, rehabilitation and after-care of those men in the armed forces who are destined to lose their sight while in active service. In (his connection he heads the Special Committee of the American Association o'E Workers for the Blind, appointed to make recomendations to the Federal Government ou this subject. Iii this work he has the satisfaction of knowing that through his efforts and those of the American Foundation for the Blind which he directs, a far brighter world now awaits the blinded veteran than the one to which his predecessor of the first World War returned. Travel concessions on bus and railway lines will permit the "blinded soldier to travel with a guide or companion for the price of one fare. Many mechanical aids including the Talking Book, wili enable him to work and enjoy his 'leisure with increasing benefit. And a more enlightened public is beginning to realize the important part which individuals lacking only the sense oC sight can play tn the life of their own community and of the nation at large. here Jan. 20, a coroner's jurv decided Wednesday night. The" jury heard 13 witnesses in the 7-hour hearing which opened Tuesday night and was concluded Wednesday night. FAILED TO REPORT COUNCIL BLUFFS, (If}--Kenneth Hughes. Carson trucker, was t a k e n before Federal Judge Charles Dewey here charged with "failing and refusing" to file employment tax returns giving information for social security tax. Labor Penalties Provided [or When Interstate Commerce Is Blocked WASHINGTON, (IP)--The house judiciary committee approved legislation Thursday to subject labor union leaders to penalties--heavy fines and imprisonment -- provided by the 1934 anti-racketeering act in cases involving interferences with interstate commerce movement, such as blocking truck shioments. _The committee's action in executive session was on a split vote. Representatives Lane ot Massachusetts and Cellar of New York, democrats, opposing the bill, which was introduced by Representative Hobbs (D., Ala.) The legislation would subject to .a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $10.000 anyone interfering with interstate commerce movements during wartime. Hobbs said it .was aimed at practices of some labor unions blocking truck shipments because union labor was not employed. No hearings were held on the egislation, which was voted out jy the same committee during the ast session of congress after extensive public hearings at which organized labor spokesmen strongly opposed it. Committee members said the legislation grew out of inability of the government to prosecute labor organizations under the anli- racketeeririgiact for alleged interference with shipping in New York. New German Peace Overtures Believed to Have Been Forestalled (BY THE ASSOCIATED PKESS) London headquarters declared Thursday that President Roosevelt's historic "unconditional surrender" conference with Prime Minister Churchill in North Africa had forestalled new G e r m a n peace overtures, anticipated when Hitler speaks Saturday. These quarters said Hitler had been expected to ofefr to wtihdraw his armies from western Europe while retaining territories occupied 'in Poland, Russia and the Balkans. Pilot's Irresponsible Recklessness Blamed in Air Crash Killing 12 . WASHINGTON, W--The civil aeronautics board lield Thursday that a collision between an army bomber and an American air lines transport over Palm Springs, Cal., last Oct. 23, was caused by the "reckless and irresponsible" action of Lt. William N. Wilson, 25, the bomber pilot. Twelve persons, including nine passengers, were killed when the big 2I-passenger plane crashed from 9,000 feet after its tail had been sheared oft by a propeller of the B-34 bomber.of the ferrying command. Lieutenant Wilson was acquitted by an army court martial which investigated the case. ISC Band to Give Concert on Sunday AMES--The Iowa State college concert band will feature a baritone horn solo by Franklin Floren of Red Oak in its concert in Memorial Union Sunday. Floren will play "My Old Ken- .ucky Home." Included on the program will bo works by Rossini, Handel, Long, Debussy and Sousa. Sailors Oversubscribe Original War Bond Aim AMES--That $100,000 goal in the sale of war bonds for the Iowa State college naval training school is a thing of the past--the sailors are now training their sights o:: a figure o[ $250,000. Last Saturday's pay day saw the navy men buy $35,575 in bonds to pass the original goal of $100,000 by more than $25,000. AT FIRST 5IGNOFA _ USE _ _ _ 666 TABLETS. SALVE. NOSE DROPS mo n-y Three tons o£ jewelry dies, originally, costing over $250,000 were contributed to the scrap drive by a manufacturing jeweler in New York City. IF NOSE DRIES, CLOGS, tonight Put 3-wrpoM Va-tro-nol up each nostril. It (1) shrinks swollen membranes, (2) soothes irritation, (3) re- uevestransientcongesiion-- bringsgrcaterbreath- ing comfort. Follow directions in folder Arkansas Family of Five Goes Ali-Out LITTLE 'ROCK, Ark., (U.R)_ \Vnen Miss Beatrice Burke signed up for WAAC training, her action put the Ed Burke family in the all-out-for-war category. Her father works in a war aluminum plant at Bauxiet, Ark. Mrs Burke is an ordnance plant worker. A brother, Willaim, is doing a second hitch in the navy. Another brother. Jack is in training as an army air corps cadet. The elder Burke, incidenlally is a veteran of the first World war ....... WRITES POEM IN AUSTRALIA LEWISBURG, Pa. (U.PJ-- First American soldier to publish a literary work in Australia is Pvt Frederick Belsky, Bucknell university graduate, according to a ·down-under" newspaper clipping received here. Belsky, whose home js at Holyokc, Mass., was reported to have "shown poetic -ability of » high order" in his poem. "In Cadence Count," which describes air raids on (censored)." The geographical center of continental United States, exclusive of Alaska, is in the eastern part of Smith county, Kansas, latitude 39 degrees 50 minutes N lonci- tude 98 degrees W. Just Rewind! More of those popular... 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