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Mason City, Iowa
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Friday, December 31, 1948
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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MAS P.N CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE HOME EDITION No. 71 THAT MAKts AL MASON CITY. IOWA, FRIDAY. DECEMBER si. Associated Press and United Presa Full Leas* Wires This Paper Consists of Two Sections—Section One CHIEF—Self-styled liberal republican __ puoc baltonstall, Massachusetts; back, Ige, and George Aiken, Vermont. Gives Prayer for New Holy Year of 1950 Vatican City, (fP)— Pope Pius •pecial prayer for the 1950 holy year, made public Friday, beseeches God to grant "peace to our days, peace to our souls, peace to families, peace to the motherland, peace among nations." The prayer also calls upon the Lord to "awake in the souls of those, who call you Father, hunger and thirst for social justice and fraternal charity, in works and in truth." The holy year of jubilee, during which millions of Catholics will come from all parts of the world to Rome, will begin Christmas Eve, 1949, and last until Christmas Eve, 1950. During the year, special religious ceremonies will be held, including consistories at which several saints are expected to be canonized. Artists Lose Leases in Greenwich Village New York, (#•) — This New Year's Eve is a sad occasion for a colony of artists in Greenwich Village. At midnight Friday night, leases on, their studios expire. Some 150 face eviction from a block-long row of studios south of Washington Square. New York University plans to take over the block for a new law center. "It's a crime," said Nell Boardman, a painter. "This is the art cradle of America." Weather Report FORECAST Mason City: Clear and cold Friday night. Increasing cloudiness and warmer Saturday. Low Friday night 5 to 10. High Saturday 35. Iowa: Fair and rather cold Friday night. Saturday increasing cloudiness, mild and windy. Low Friday night 5-15 above. Iowa 5-Day Weather Outlook: Colder Sunday. Continued cold Monday and warmer Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures will average 2 degrees below the seasonal normals. The normal high for this time of year is 34 and the normal low is 15 above. Precipitation for the 5 day period will average only .1 of an inch of water content or about one inch of snow. Minnesota: Increasing cloudiness and warmer Friday night in extreme west. Saturday cloudy with occasional light snow. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Friday morning: Maximum 23 Minimum 13 At 8 a. m. Friday 21 YEAR AGO: Maximum 25 Minimum -3 Economists Foresee Another Good Year in Store in '49 New i York, {£>)_The average* American is told that 1949 will be another good year, and the forecast seems sound The American consumer—and that describes most of -us—may find 1949 more comfortable than the record boom year of 1948 closing Friday night. The business man is likely to have a few more worries in the new year, but the men and women who have been struggling with the high cost of living probably will find it easier to make their budgets work. Underlying all this is the prospect that 1949 will see the return of the buyers' market in most lines. The man with a dollar will decide in a leisurely way where he will spend it, after shopping around for a price tag he likes. The new year is likely to bring the end of all shortages of consumers' goods, including most automobiles. Low-cost housing, either to buy or rent, probably will remain in the hard-to-get class. Incomes are likely to remain relatively high Merchants will as prices dip. have to work harder to get their share of the shoppers' money. "Normal" times, with a prosperous flavor, seem finally to be at hand. Ruan Company Garage Burns $5,000 Loss in Fire Kept in Small Area Clear Lake—A fire which apparently started with a furnace explosion did an estimated $5,000 damage to the large shop of the Ruan Transportation company east of Clear Lake on 106, just after midnight Thursday. Joe Johnson, terminal manager, who made the loss estimate, said :he fire could have been a major disaster but was confined mainly to the roof and a small section of ;he huge shop. He credited Hollis Burke, Fertile, Ruan night dispatcher, with quick thinking. Burke was blown off a chair in the small office milding nearby the initial blast. He recovered in time to put 3 small fire extinguishers into operation, summon the Clear Lake and Ventura fire departments and drove 3 large semi-trailer gaso- ine trucks out of the fire area. The trucks had no gasoline in the railers at the time, however. Firemen, who fought the out- jreak for nearly 2 hours, said ireproof insulation on the roof also cut the loss considerably. Light wires were burned out >ut service was rapidly restored by P. G. & E. linemen. A large \umber of company records burned but Johnson said duplicates are kept at the Ruan office n DCS Moines. The Persians frequently found Jacchus a potent ally in war, fall- ng upon carousing armies and destroying them. See No Peace Declaration in Indonesia Batavia, Java., (#) _ The new year 1S dawning in Indonesia without a formal proclamation so far, of the end of hostilities between the Dutch and Indonesian republicans. The Dutch representative in Pans Wednesday told the U N security council— wich earlier had ordered a ceasefire—that hostilities would end 'not later than Dec. 31 in Java, a few days later in Sumatra. But the NetheHand kingdom's high representative in Indonesia, Dr. L,. J. M. Beel, in a speech prepared for broadcast just before the old year's end, mentioned neither a cease fire nor the termination of hostilities. There were hints that Dutch --'*-'-•>- ***** t-o tuaL J-^U LLii military Commander Lt. Gen. Simon Spoor in another New Year's speech prepared for delivery eai-ly New Year's day, would make no mention of a cease fire either. Flight Made on Airlift Berlin, (/P)—An American plane from a British loading base landed at a French airfield in Berlin Friday, completing the 100,000th flight of the airlift. The lift over the soviet blockade, began June 26. As the pilot, First Lt. Robert W. VIcGuire of Clifton Forge, Va., :urned over a 10-ton load of coal to German police guards, he grinned: "Now I can go back to Alaska." It was McGuire's 161st sortie .vith food and fuel for Berlin since his squadron, the 29th troop carrier, joined the airlift last July. Saturday McGuire is scheduled to leave for the United States on rotation, enroute to a reunion with his family at Fort Richardson, Alaska. Chinese Soldier Follows Orders Shanghai, ftJ.R)—Orders are orders to a Chinese soldier. William Severt, Fremont, Iowa, operations chief for Gen. Claire I^hennault's Chinese air line told Friday of seeing 2 dead soldiers and 2 dead horses as he was leav- ng the gates of Peiping. When he asked the guard what iad happened, the latter replied ic had orders to shoot any soldiers trying to get out of the city. "Ho%v about the horses?" Seivert asked. "They tried to get out too," the uard replied. Congress Meets for Lost Time Democrats Take Over Monday; Choose McKellar By JACK BELL Washington, (ff>) — The republican-controlled 80th congress put m a few final licks Friday before giving way to the new democratic- run congress to convene on Monday. In adjournment since summer congress met at noon and the legislators promptly sent word to president Truman—as required by law—that they were now ready to end this session. There was laughter in the house when word came back from the president that it was all right with him for congress to adjourn. He has called this congress the "2nd worst" in history. Before quitting, senate and house got a flurry of minor reports from committees. Hoover Group to Stay Each passed a resolution to extend for GO days the life of the so- called Hoover commission on organization of the executive branch of the government. After some talk, the senate allowed a 30-day extension for its special small business committee so that it can complete work on reports. It was due to expire with this congress. Senator Lucas (D-I11.), acting minority leader, said he would oppose any attempt to continue the special group in the next congress. Permanent Extension Senator Murray (D-Mont.), who helped set up the group in 1940 and would be chairman if it is extended, then served notice he will ask a permanent extension later "because businessmen of the country want it." President Truman called in senate and house democratic leaders for a mid-afternoon (2:30 p. m GST) conference. Senate democrats met and decided on the leaders they want. The big contest here was over the" post of president pro tempore. Aging Senator McKellar (D-Tenn.) won over Senator Tydings (D-Md ) 27 to 25. House democrats will organize Saturday. Sam Rayburn of Texas is to be chosen speaker. FLYERS ARRIVE New York, (U.R)—Two air force pilots and 7 of the men they rescued from a Greenland ice cap arrived at La Guardia airport from Goose Bay, Labrador, at 12:15 p. m. EST Friday. AP Wirephoto HAS TRESSES CUT—Barbara Levis, 11, of Fort Erie, Ontario, believed to have had the longest tresses in Canada, is shown in a Toronto beauty salon, just prior to having- her 51J inch braids cut off. Barbara says she plans to save the braids. Jews Report Troop Advance Say Abdullah Ready for Peace Talk Tel Aviv, (/P)—An Irsraeli military spokesman disclosed Friday that the Jewish army's 2nd Negev offensive had carried across partition lines into Arab parts of Palestine. The United Nations, by its partition decision last year, assigned part of the Negev to Israel, part to the Arabs. The spokesman declined to comment on other reports, including one by the British delegate before the U. N. security council in Paris, that Jewish forces had fought their way across the Egyptian frontier. The partition lines were crossed in the desert wasteland southwest of Beesheba and southeast of Rafa, the Egyptian town on the border, the spokesman said. • In another quarter, an unusually reliable source said King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan has informed Israel he is ready to talk peace. Chiang H Bid r » at End Canadian's Tale Wins Liar Contest Burlington, Wis., (#>)—A narrative of a big blow in Alberta, Canada Thursday was designated the gustiest of all windy efforts in the annual contest of the Burlington Liars Club, Inc. L. W. Tupper of Patricia, Alberta, is the champion liar of the world for 1948 by reason of his tale of 2,000 post holes and a northwester. "Up here in Alberta we really have some wind storms," Tupper related. "Last summer a rancher had just finished digging 2,000 post holes, when along came a northwester, and blew every iast one of those post holes out of the ground and out of the country. The rancher finally located them 125 miles away, but they were a total loss. After bouncing 125 miles cross-country, over cactus, they were so full of holes that they wouldn't hold dirt out any more." Tupper's tall one, which left Patricia by dog-sled, took the championship out of the United States for the first time since the club began competition in 1929. Last year's liar supreme was John Hopley of San Antonio, Tex., who related how Charley Skorpea knocked the 8 ball from under a fly in an Oklahoma poolroom so fast that the fly fell on the table and broke its back. From the year's batch of tall tales, club officers awarded honorable mentions to John Hughes, Johnson City, 111.; J. F. McKale, director of athletics, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz., and Edward S. Krikac, Comstock, Nebr. BING CROSBY ******* * Delay Divorce to Celebrate New Year Chicago, (U.R)—Donald Boerst, 21, and his estranged wife, Mrs. Sybil Sharp Boerst, 19, will celebrate New Year's eve Friday night at the request of a judge. Mrs. Boerst has a divorce pending. Judge Julius H. Miner told them to see the new year in together and see if they couldn't patch up their differences, Bing Crosby Is Champ at Box-Offices Hollywood, (U.R) — Bing Crosby came out on top as the "boxof- fice champ of all time" Friday by grabbing the No. 1 spot on" the big 10 mpneymaking stars for the 5th year in a row. More people have paid more money to see the balding crooner, according to the Motion Picture Herald's annual poll, than anybody else in movie history. This gives "The .Qle Groaner" a year up on Shirley Temple, who kept the cash registers tinkling loudest from 1935 to 1938 when she was America's favorite baby star, and 2 years ahead of Mickey Rooney, who topped the list from 1939 to 1941. Number 2 on the list of stars who keep the customers shelling out for tickets was Betty Grable. She was Crosby's runner-up last year, too, and No. 1 in 1943. Abbott and Costello, who came out on top in 1942 and haven't been on the big 10 in 3 years, made 3rd place. Floods Plague Northeast U. S. Evacuate Families in New York, New Jersey By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rain-swollen rivers went on a rampage Friday in the northeastern section of the United States. Scores of families in river valleys were evacuated, and train and highway traffic cut as normally placid rivers burst their banks and spread over a wide area of New England, New York and New Jersey. One death was reported in Massachusetts. Some 500 persons were evacuated from their homes in New Jersey Three communities — Manville South Bound Brook, and Bradley Gardens in Bridgewater — were completely cut off by flood waters Two major dams were threatened. National guardsmen and rescue units moved out 50 families in Center Berlin in upstate New York, 20 families in North Adams Mass., and others in Bennington, vt., and Farmington, Conn. Among the Chaldeans, to cut the price of wine was punishable by a ducking. WELCOME, FORTY-NINE-It'lI soon be here and 17 months old MichaefwickTs re^dy for his New Year s Eve celebration. He copied some of the revelry regalia common to the occasion and took a practice run through the door—from '48 to '49 Michael is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ingwald Wick, 199 Crescent drive. SAME DATE—1947—573 (Wbllt lltf m»nn n* traffU death IB PMt Z4 k«u») Leader in New Year's Statement President Calls Military Situation Exceedingly Perilous Nanking, {£>)_Chiang Kai-shek, confronted with the toughest battle of his 40-year warrior career, hedged toward peacp in China Friday but left the issue open in a New Year's statement To his people, in particular, and the world at large, the Chinese president made what seemed to be a bid for peace. It left him an opening and also a chance to blame his implacable enemies, the commvmists, if no peace is forthcoming. , In a statement on the 38th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese republic, the nation'i president said: Very Perilous "The military situation has entered upon an exceedingly perilous stage. '•The fate of the nation as well as the historical cultural continuity of our people will soon be decided. ''The issue of this struggle is whether the Chinese people will continue to live as free men and women or as slaves, or whether they will live at all or perish. Raps Communists "Everyone is concerned over the policy the government has pursued in dealing with the situation We are convinced that patriotic citizens will not tolerate communists' methods of 'liquidation' and 'struggle and that they are not willing to abandon their liberty and to re- mam inactive in this critical moment. ., "But we are also fully aware that military operations have increased the peoples' burdens and that they hope for early conclusion of the war. "Having shouldered the responsibility of national affairs, I have carefully studied the situation and have been giving careful consideration to the wishes of the people." Reject Peace (The communist radio almost immediately broadcast an indirect but forceful rejection of a negotiated peace, declaring: ("If the revolution should be abandoned in midstream, that W «°H! be going a g air >st the will °* the Chinese people, giving it to the will of foreign aggressors and Chinese reactionaries, enabling the Kuommtang to gain a respite, permitting the wounded beast to nurse his wounds and then spring up again one day to throttle the revolution so that the entire country would return to the world of darkness." (The broadcast, heard by the Associated Press'in San Francisco, apparently was not in specific reply to Chiang, as it consisted of quotations from a new China news agency editorial that must have been written earlier.) Charge Man With Bank Robberies in Iowa, Missouri Kahoka, Mo., (IP)— A Fort Madison, Iowa, man has been charged with the $9,000 robbery of a bank here Oct. 25, and the prosecuting attorney said the man also was wanted in connection with a $4,000 robbery of a Wever, Iowa, bank iast March 1. The man is Martin Mackey O Connor, 38, who was arrested Wednesday night at Marceline. Mo, The warrant charging O'Connor with the Kahoka bank robbery was issued Thursday by Prosecuting Attorney Craig Killer. Killer said O'Connor would b« held in the Clark county jail her* pending a preliminary hearing.

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