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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME TMi NIWSPAMft THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWAM4 HOME EDITION Associated Press and United Press Full Leas* WJres (Five Cents a Copyi MASON CITY, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1948 Government's Indian Policy Is Attacked Washington, (U.R) — A Hoover commission "task force" said Wednesday that the government's duty is to help the Indian become better American by becoming better landowner. The committee on Indian affairs, it was revealed, has prepared an extensive report for the commission which takes the government sharply to task for taking care of its Indian wards like forgotten step-children. The report says in essence: "Since we have told the Indian that he is an American who can vote, let's at the same time help him to become self-supporting." It recommends that the Indian be given, by the proper government departments, better technical instruction on crop production, soil conservation, irrigation and erosion. He should be educated, the report says, in how to till his land for maximum produotion, how to care for his grazing lands, and how to conserve his timber holdings. A comprehensive study by the committee headed by Prof. George Graham of the political science department at Princeton university concluded that the United States has given its Indian wards generally poor land. This has been an added handicap to the Indian who is not a natural farmer. Czech Papers Make Attacks on Catholics Prague, (/P)—Another round of attacks on the Catholic church hierarchy in Czechoslovakia was carried in the Prague press Wednesday. The chief theme of the stories is that workers councils, large organizations, and- Catholic individuals are voicing demands that the Catholic bishops and clergy "announce publicly their real attitude toward the peoples democratic order in Czechoslovakia," The campaign resembles in many respects an inspired popular campaign in Hungary which has just been climaxed with the arrest of Josef Cardinal Mindszenty. Letters to editors, commentaries and leading articles charge here that priests have been convicted of anti-state activity but that the hierarchy does not denounce them. Instead, they say, the church has deprived Minister of Health Rev. Josef Plojhar of his functions as a priest because he worked along with the communist leaders in the government. Woman Dies, Man Injured in Car, Train Accident Cedar Rapids, (/P)—A Marengo woman was fatally injured and her husband hurt critically early Wednesday when their car was in collision with the North Western's crack streamliner, City of San Francisco, at a Cedar Rapids cross- Ing. Mrs. Katherine Yearian, 30, died In a hospital following the accident which occurred about 1:15 a. m. Her husband, Byron, 32, remained in critical condition at University hospital in Iowa City several hours later. Melvin J. Peters, 25, of Marengo, driver of the car in which the Yearians were riding, received a broken nose, cuts and bruises. He was reported in fairly good condition in a Cedar Rapids hospital. Berkley Optimistic on European Situation Paris,' (/H)—Vice President Elect Alben W. Barkley ended an 8-day tour of Europe Wednesday with the observation that he didn't think communists were going to take the place over during 1949. Crops are better, he said, living standards are rising, and the Marshall plan is working. These things, he said, contributed to economic stability. Economic stability brought political stability. Barkley will leave Wednesday alght by air for Washington to be present Dec. 31, he said, "for the final groan ol the 80th congress." ON THE SCENE-Globe-Gazette Photographer "ST Mu's- ser, looking for a snow scene Wednesday morning happened by 7th and South Federal when this semi-trailer truck struck a 7 year old boy. The youngster, James Follmuth, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Follmuth, 24 7th S. W., is shown in the arms of John Hostetler, 124 12th S. E., while Don May, 207 8th Place S. E., hails a passing motorist to take him to the hospital. The boy got off the city bus May was driving and ran in front of the truck, driven by D F Luecht, 1627 Wilson S. W., police said. The youth was treated at Park hospital for minor scratches and bruises. Quake in Western Nevada Cuts Power, Phone Lines Reno, Nev., (/P)—A rumbling earthquake struck heavily throughout western Nevada Wednesday, breaking power and transcontinental telephone lines. The nearby town of Verdi was shaken into a welter of broken glass, chimney bricks and fallen plaster. Despite the widespread but relatively minor damage to Verdi, small mountain community 10 miles west of Reno, no one was injured. The earth shocks rattled dishes and windows in Reno and across the Sierra into northern California. They were felt as far west as San Francisco and southward into the San Joaquin valley to Fresno and Merced. A light shock was recorded as far south as San Diego, Cal. A reporter from the Reno Gazette telephoned from Verdi that "Everything in town is damaged to some extent." $» One wall of a 33-year-old building which once housed the Verdi General store was knocked down. Elsewhere house frames were twisted, chimneys down, wall plaster fallen, and windows and dishes broken. Overhead transcontinental telephone lines of the Bell system were snapped southwest of Verdi in the Truckee river canyon, but service was maintained through underground circuits. Dies of Christmas Eve Crash injuries DCS Moines, (/P) — Raymond Dawson, 57, of Des Moines, died Tuesday in a hospital here of injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Dallas Center Christmas eve. Mrs. Dawson also is in the hospital, in critical condition. Hospital attendants said Dawson lost control of his car and it hit a bridge abutment or pole. LOS ANGELES GROWS Los Angeles, (/P)—The California taxpayers association which makes a yearly census estimate, said Wednesday that Los Angeles county has a population of 3, 951,500 people. The figure is 42 percent above the official U. S. census of 1940 which gave a population of 2,785,643. SAME DATE—1947—570 (Black flar me»n» IrafMs death in pail 21 ko«r»> Lovett Calls Arrest of Priest Sham Washington, (U.R)—Acting Secretary of State Robert A. Lovett said Wednesday the arrest of Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty climaxed a long series of oppressive actions by the communist Hungarian government against personal, human and religious freedoms. Lovett said the cardinal was arrested on patently false charges. The acting secretary described Hungarian assaults on freedom as a sickening sham. He predicted that the arrest would affect the attituie of all free nations toward Hungary. The cardinal's arrest and what he described as other examples of this type of behavior in communist countries interfere, Lovett said, with efforts to establish world peace. Such actions, he said, make peace an aspiration rather than a reality. The cardinal's arrest, he added, was another link in an unhappy chain of events which began when the communists seized power in Hungary. Fortune Teller Leads Man to Murder Try Emmetsburg, (/P) —A 70 year old man who said a fortune teller told him a neighbor was poisoning his cattle was in jail Wednesday accused of attempting to kill his neighbor. Fred Mason, Ruthven, was charged with assault with intent to commit murder in the attempted assault on his neighbor, Harry Kummerfeldt. Mason accused Kummerfeldt of poisoning his cattle, County Attorney Joseph Hand said. He confronted Kummerfeldt Monday night, and demanded $1,000 from him, Hand said. The county attorney said Mason pointed a revolver at Kummerfeldt's head and threatened to shoot if he wasn't paid. When Kummerfeldt refused, Hand said, Mason pulled the trigger, the gun failed to go off. Mason was quoted as saying that his cattle were dying of poison and that a Clay county fair fortune teller last fall had told him that his neighbor was poisoning his stock. The word "restaurant" was first applied in America to dining rooms of the better hotels and to a few high class a la carte dining places. 6 to 10 Inch Snow Covers North Iowa Say Highways Are Passable But Difficult Highway commission plows were clearing a 6 to 10 inch fall of snow from North Iowa highways in the face of biting winds Wednesday following an all night fall of snow fanned into drifts by heavy winds. Snow was still drifting Wednesday. In places it piled up on the highways almost as fast as the plows cleared the pavements, workmen reported to the local office in Mason City. Highway engineers said most roads in the Mason City area are open to 2-way traffic but MM^. that snow is still drifting. All highways are snow-packed and drifting. The state police reported that roads in the northwest section are open to one-way traffic only in many places. All roads there are snow-packed and slippery. The snowfall, which continued Wednesday in eastern Iowa, followed Tuesday's freezing rain. In most sections, roads were snow- packed and slippery where there was no drifting. The police radio said roads in the Red Oak area are almost impassable, and that highways in west-central area are hazardous. The snowfall varied from 6 inches in Cerro Gordo county to 10 inches in Worth, Emmet, Hancock, Kossuth and Winnebago. Floyd reported 7 inches and Mitchell 8 inches. Buses and some trains were late in arriving Wednesday morning. The west bound Milwaukee trains were 2 hours late and other railroad passenger trains also experienced some delay. By Wednesday afternoon operations were nearing normal. See Debt of $2 Million 5 Firms Present Claims on Tucker Chicago, (U.R)—An amended creditors' petition filed under federal bankruptcy laws charged Wednesday that liabilities of the Tucker Automobile Co. may run as high as $2,000,000. The petition was filed with Federal Judge Michael L. Igoe by 5 companies which presented claims totaling $5,461, The original petition filed by the 5 companies sought appointment of a receiver and reorganization of the firm. The amended petition filed Wednesday asked appointment of a trustee instead of a receiver, but it asked that the trustee be given the power to operate the business and manage it. The petition charged that the Tucker Corp., has sustained "enormous losses" through its inability to get into production of rear-engine automobiles. As of Oct. 1, 1948, the petition said, the company's cash items totaled only $255,633, while its liabilities were ?1,690,842. The petition said that pledged assets might increase the total to $2,000,000, and that an inspection of the firm's books might uncover still more indebtedness. West Union Brothers to Inactive Polio List Iowa City, (fp) —Two West Union brothers, Robert Cook, 23, and Gerald Cook, 26, were transferred Dec. 21. Speeders caught going 75 miles per hour in North Carolina automatically forfeit their drivers' licenses for 6 months. This Paper Consists ot Two Sections—Section On» No. Agree to End War Against Indonesia SHOVEL GANG—A typical Wednesday morning scene in Mason City and elsewhere throughout Iowa was the one shown above. Snow shovelers found the 8 inch layer of wet snow heavy shoveling. The picture was taken looking north 6n"South Federal avenue from 5th street. 9 Japanese Officers to Be Hanged Yokohama, (JP) — Death on the gallows was decreed Wednesday for 9 Japanese officers, including 3 generals, for the beheading of 33 American fliers. Seventeen of the airmen were killed after Emperor Hirohito broadcast his surrender speech. Sixteen other Japanese were assessed prison sentences ranging from 5 years to life by a U. S. 8th army commission. Seven other defendants in the mass trial were acquitted. Witnesses testified the U, S. airmen were decapitated after they were told their executions were in retaliation for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Russians Lash-Out at Royall London, (U.R)—The official Russian news agency Tass said Wednesday in a Moscow dispatch that United States Army Secretary Kenneth Royall lied when he reported recently that 13,000,000 persons were confined to Russian concentration camps. "Tass is authorized to deny this absurd fabrication of Mr. Royall as a downright lie and a foul calumny against the Soviet Union," Tass said. The agency added that "This is — -. «*^. <~,w*i t .S.U, w Cl ^ LL CUlMdLCQ •*• 1J *- «5div.y dUUCU LUdL JLU15 IS to the list of inactive poliomyelitis n °t the first time American intel- cases at University hospitals ligence has misled the government ri °" 91 of the United States with ridiculous" information of this kind. Royall made his statement in Berlin during his tour of American military establishments overseas. Soy Closed Shop Ban Will Be Lifted by New Congress Washington, (ff>/ — People on both sides of the labor-management fence are predicting that the 81st congress will make the closed shop legal again. If this happens, great numbers of workers will be brought under contracts requiring them to be union members in order to get or hold their jobs. Labor leaders are taking it for granted that the closed shop ban in the Taft-Hartley act is doomed. Officials of the chamber of commerce of the United States say this "seems likely." Senator Taft (R.-Ohio), one of the sponsors of the' Taft-Hartley law, told a reporter: Change Likely "It is safe to say that the absolute prohibition of the closed shop is likely to be changed." But Taft quickly added that it's impossible to predict exactly what congress will enact on this general subject. He hinted he will seek a "closed union" ban as a substitute for the closed shop ban. "If we are going to permit the closed shop, we can hardly have the closed union," he said. By "closed union," he means a union "that bars people from membership on grounds other than non-payment of reasonable dues or initiation fees. Ought to Go Taft predicted flatly that congress will eliminate the Taft- Hartley provision which prohibits a union from writing a "union shop" conti-act unless a majority of the employes authorize it in an election. "This provision ought to go," he said. Here's how the union shop differs from the closed shop: A closed shop contract prevents the employer from hiring a worker who isn't a member of the union. A uniori shop contract permits the employer to hire any worker he pleases, but the worker must then join the union or get „ _ n ,.. v .. VA e, w ,ai*Av.c Hit; n-fii. kil \J1. JlCi. QLfli JL UCJoUctJ' fired. Under either contract, if a night when she joined a studio worker quits the union the employer has to fire him. UN Orders Jews to Withdraw From Negev Desert Region Paris, (/P)—The United Nations ordered Israeli troops Wednesday to retire from the Negev desert of southern Palestine. The security council also ordered both Israel and Egypt to end hostilities there. The council adopted a British- sponsored resolution by 8 votes with 3 abstentions. No negative ballot was cast. The United States abstained on all sections of the resolutions as it was put to vote by paragraphs. Russia and the Soviet Ukraine abstained from all sections except the preamble and the order to cease fire. During the_debate on the "resolution, British delegate Harold Beeley said he had just received a cable from the British embassy in Cairo reporting that Jewish forces had penetrated Egyptian territory and attacked an Egyptian town just inside the border. He did not say when such an action took place. Beeley said this in the course of a statement that the Israelis were conducting operations outside territory allotted them under partition. The council afterwards adjourned its Paris meetings. Its next session will be at Lake Success, N. Y., on Jan. 6. — The British resolution, as amended by France and Egypt, includes an order to both sides to cease fire and obey instructions given them by the acting mediator, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, in the council's Nov. 4 truce resolution. Hold Rites for Slain Premier Authorities Close Egyptian University Cairo, (U.R)—M o r e than 70,000 Egyptians gathered in the streets of Cairo Wednesday to witness a state funeral for assassinated Premier Mahmoud Fahmy Nokrashy Pasha. Even while the funeral was being held the new Egyptian government headed by Premier Ibrahim Hadi Pasha launched an intensive drive against the underground terrorists responsible for Nokra- shy's assassination. Nokrashy's body was carried to a mausoleum at Abbassia, several miles outside Cairo, in a gun carriage drawn by 6 horses. The mausoleum was built for former Premier Ahmed Haher Pasha, who was assassinated Feb. 24, 1945. The bodies of the 2 slain premiers will lie side by side. As part of the war on terrorists the government closed Fuad university in Cairo for an indefinite period to help stamp out student agitation. Egyptian politicians asserted that the terrorism and demonstrations which have wracked Egypt lor the past 3 years were caused by communist agents attempting to overthrow the authority of the Arab states. ELIZABETH GOES OUT London, (U.R)—Princess Elizabeth made her first public appearance since the birth of her son Tuesday audience at a British Broadcasting Corporation variety radio show. BULLETIN Washington, (JP) — President Truman's plane "The Independence" landed safely at National airport Wednesday after nearly an hour's delay caused by had weather. Death Takes Old Citizen of Dougherty Dougherty — John (Jack) Dougherty, 86, first white child born in Dougherty township, son of Daniel Dougherty for whom the town was named, died at a Rockwell hospital Tuesday night. He had been in poor health for several years. For many years he was in the farm machinery business with his brother James, the partnership being known as the Dougherty Grain Co. He retired more than 10 years ago. Mr. Dougherty in recent years made his home with his 3 sisters, Miss Margaret, Miss Theresa and Mrs. Mary Wade. Other survivors are the following brothers: Msgr. E. J. Dougherty, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic church at Waterloo, Barney, who lives on a farm south of Dougherty, and Joseph of Butte, Mont Funeral arrangements were incomplete Wednesday morning. Dave Roses Off on Honeymoon Las Vegas, Nev., (U.R)—Composer- Conductor David Rose was honeymooning Wednesday with his 3rd wife, 21-year-old model Betty Bigel ow. The 2 were married Tuesday night at El Rancho Vegas hotel. Rose, 38, formerly was married to Actresses Martha Raye and Judy Garland. Weather Report FORECAST Mason City: Clear and cold Wed- night winds and low of zero to „ above. Thursday fair and sunny with rising temperatures. High Thursday 23. Iowa: Clearing and much colder Wednesday night. Thursday fair. Low Wednesday night zero to 5 above northwest and 10 to 15 southeast. o'clock Wednesday morning: Maximum 32 Minimum 22 At 8 a. m. Wednesday 22 Snow 6.2 inches YEAR AGO: Maximum Minimum 21 14 Also Will Release Prisoners Statement Follows 24-Hour Cease-Fire Deadline by UN Paris, (&)~ The Netherlands told the United Nations security council Wednesday the Dutch will order an end of hostilities in Indonesia at Midnight Friday. The Dutch representative, Jan. Herman Van Royen, also announced that the Netherlands soon will release President Soekarno of the Indonesian republic and members of his cabinet who were captured at the outset of Dutch operations. The release will be "on the understanding that the persons concerned will refrain from activities endangering public security," he told the council. The statement came within an hour of the end of a 24-hour deadline served by the council on Holland Tuesday for the liberation of the Indonesian republican leaders. The council's deadline for the release of the leaders was adopted Tuesday in a resolution proposed by China. The council ordered a cease fire Christmas eve, but the Dutch had failed up to Wednesday to give any assurance that the order would be obeyed. It was thought the Dutch wanted to have their "police action" against the republic virtually completed before agreeing to end the fighting in Java and Sumatra. Plan NSLI Dividends Payments Will Begin in 1949 Washington, (IP) — Dividend* ranging from a few cents to several hundred dollars will be paid out in 1949 to veterans who took out national service life insurance. The veterans administration said in announcing this that 16,000,000 veterans may share in the payments. Unofficial estimates of the size of the surplus fund, from which the dividends will be paid, range from $1,500,000,000 to $2,000,000,- Officlals said that veterans who took out the minimum $1,000 policy and held it a short time will receive only a small dividend. But the GI's who got into the program early and for the maximum amount of $10,000 probably will receive up to several hundred dollars. The VA plans to make refunds on all policies on which premiums were paid for 3 or more months. This includes policies that have lapsed or matured, as well as those now in force. At Least 4 Killed in Hotel Fire Twisp, Wash., (U.R) — Firemen searched the ruins of the 40 year old Campbell hotel Wednesday for the bodies of at least 4 persons killed in an explosion and fire that destroyed the building Tuesday. Nine hotel guests escaped without injury by jumping from windows into snow banks. The exact number of persons in the hotel could not be determined because the hotel owner, Tom Campbell, was among the missing. Assistant Fire Chief Walter Gorley said there were at least 4 ies in the wreckage. Joe Louis Faces Alienation Suit „ . Chicago, (U.R)—Heavyweight Minnesota: Fair and warmer Champion Joe Louis has 30 days northwest Wednesday night. " Thursday generally fair and warmer. I IX IVI/\*>WlN V«rl I T ***l,XA CH-l-Cpl,CalH,G \JL U1C &UII III for 24 hour period ending at 8 superior court Tuesday, and said in which to file a reply to a $500,000 alienation of affections suit brought by a Negro minister. Attorney Truman Gibson, Jr., filed acceptance of the suit in the action in effect meant that the boxer would accept *ervice in the suit. The Rev. Matthew Faulkner, Atlanta, charged that Louis stole th« affections of his wife, Matti* Carle, 26, a former professional model.

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