Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 3, 1949

Cedar Rapids Gazette

May 03, 1949

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 3, 1949, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Partly cloudy, warm and windy, low tonight about 65. Showers or thunderstorms Wednesday after- noon. High Wednesday about 80. CITY FINAL 5 CENTS KCRG NEWS ON COCK DIAL ViM :SS VOLUME CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1849. ASSOCIATED FRKS8, UNITED PRESS, INTERNATIONAL NEWS BOY FATALLY HURT IN BALL GAME Woods Exodus Laid Formula For TO Red Rent Boost Housing Chief Issues SHANGHAI (AP) United! States, British and French navalj craft left the Shanghai waterfront; because of a reported Communist' plot to block their passage to the; sea, a U. S. navy spokesman said! Tuesday. The spokesman, from the staff; of Vice Admiral Oscar C. Badger, said reliable sources told the navy that Communists planned to scut- tle a ship near Woosung, Chinese Nationalist stronghold, that would have blocked larger ships from the sea. The spokesman evidently dis- j closed this plot to offset accusa- _ itions that the U. S. navy had Woods Monday night issued] run out on Communist-threat- his long-awaited regulation ened Shanghai. I Details came from the same under which landlords may (source which previously tipped the navy that the Communists had a similar plan to bottle up naval vessels in Tientsin earlier this Rules for Landlords Seeking Increase. WASHINGTON Housing Expediter Tighe E.I obtain rent increases if they can prove their operating costs warrant them. Under the rent control extension law passed by congress in April, Woods was instructed to set up a system under which landlords would be assured of a "fair net operating income." Two Rental Classes. To dp this, he divided rental properties into small and large structures and ruled that: landlord operating a small one to four rental increase rents if his net operating income is less that 25 percent of his gross in- come. He will be granted an in- crease to bring his net income up to 30 percent. landlord operating a build- ing with more than four rental units may increase his rents if his net operating income is less than 20 percent of his gross income. He will be granted an increase to bring his net income up to 25 percent. Woods defined net operating in- come as "the income remaining after payment of all operating ex- penses and an preciation." No General Increase. year, the spokesman said. The navy evacuated numerous persons from Tientsin shortly be- fore the city fell and the route to the sea was cut. Nipped in Bud. The spokesman said the Woo- sung plot was nipped in the bud. He declined to give details, saying it was a Chinese matter. He said that after the plot was nipped the liner President Wilson came up to the Shanghai water- front past the Woosung garrison, tied up at a pier and evacuated 300 persons after- an overnight stay. It was learned that the Na- tionalists were eyeing closely all ships in the Woosung area to pre- vent any scuttling attempt. The spokesman said the navy had not left the Shanghai area. He said three destroyers and an LCI (landing craft infantry) were anchored near Woosung, 12 miles from here. An LST (landing shipi tanks) was due Wednesday. He said the LCI was making a daily shuttle run between Shanghai and allowance for de- Woosung. The spokesman pledged that the navy would keep ships here as long as there was any possibility Woods said the new regulation "definitely won't result in any general rent increase" although he expected a flood of petitions from landlords. He admitted this meant a large percentage of the pleas for an in- crease would be turned down of an emergency evacuation. He said the present group of ships can accommodate the Amer- icans still in Shanghai. Marines Gone. He disclosed that the transport Chilton, last major U. S. vessel mainly because many landlords.to leave the Shanghai waterfront, "will put in capital expenses for j had gone to Tsingtao with all the operating expenses." marines who had been quartered Woods said all tenants would her- D This disclosure recalled Badger s statement last winter when the marines were brought here that he would "give consideration to the protection of American interests" in Shanghai. Many business men thought he meant he would use the marines to guard their prop- be informed of their landlords' petitions for rent increases, in order that unfair claims may be challenged. Tenants in the smaller units will receive those in copy of the petition and large units will be in- formed by card or letter and al- evty here. lowed to see the petition. The spokesman said any such "If the tenant he said, "processing on the increase petition will stop while the com- plaint is investigated." How Flan Works. He gave the following examples of how the new provision posed to work: On a small a landlord has an annual gross income of expenses of and a depreciation allowance of This leaves a net operating income of or 20 percent of his gross. Since his net operating income is less than 25 percent he is entitled to an increase to 30 percent. This requires a gross in- come of which will be ob- tained by letting him raise rents a year or about S12 a month for the whole property. On a large land- lord has an annual gross income of with expenses oi probability was eliminated when Chinese Communists fired on British warships in the Yangtze river last month. He said the U. S. navy will not become embroiled in China's civil and a depreciation This leaves allowance of a net opera- Mother's Pension Sold for Quarter MINNEAPOLIS (UP) Mrs Kathryn E. Ramstad's two little boys were not exactly their moth- er's pride and joy Tuesday. They sold of her pension money to a stranger for 25 cents. Mrs. Ramstad, widow of a World war II casualty, got a gov- ernment check Saturday. She put the in bills high in the kitchen cupboard, purposely out of reach of Bobby, 5, and Mike, 6. But the boys could reach higher than she thought. Each with a handful of currency, they headed ting income of or 15 per- down the street, handing their pal, cent of his gross. Since it is less than 20 percent he is entitled to an increase to 25 percent. This requires an annual gross income of to be obtained by rais- ing his rents 594.50 a month. annually or Factors Considered. peal bill. i The compromise, drafted by top Democratic strategists, was intro- duced by a congressional new- comer from the South, 27-year- old Rep. Sims, It would replace the adminis- tration labor bill which called for outright repeal of the Taft-Hart- ley act and revival of the New Deal Wagner act with some modi- fications. Lisbon High Senior Hit By Baseball Glenn Rhoads Is Found Dead on Arrival at C.R. Hospital. LISBON A 17-year-old Lisbon high school senior died, about a.m. Tuesday from a brain hemorrhage suffered after he was struck on the head by a baseball during a high school game Monday afternoon. He was Glenn. Rhoads, son el Mr. and Mrs. Lee Rhoads, farmers near Lisbon. Young Rhoads was a runner on second base during the sixth in- ning of a game between Lisbon and Wyoming high school teams. Clifford Dirks, the Wyoming pitcher, wheeled about in the pitcher's box and threw .the ball to the second baseman In an ef- fort to pick Rhoads off base. The ball struck Rhoads on the back of the head. Although stunned, Rhoads did not lose consciousness. He left the game and was taken to the office of Dr. J. R. Gardner about p.m. Dr. Gardner said the youth ap- parently recovered and was feel- board of education would give ing well at his home when the any other reason for not renewing doctor called about 8. About 1 [the contracts. a.m. Tuesday, Rhoads began to The disturbance seemed to difficulty breathing, Dr. center around Taylor and Keel. ;Gtardnfr ,sa'd- ?Je, was rushed to T hospital in Cedar Rap- House Gets Democratic Labor Plan Compromise Combines Provisions of T-H, Wagner Statutes. WASHINGTON (AP) The new Democratic labor bill passed its first test Tuesday when the house refused to knock out a provision for 80- day injunctions against nation- al emergency strikes. The vote was 238-132. WASHINGTON Adminis- tration Democrats put a com- bination of the Wagner and Taft-Hartley acts before the house Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to salvage something of _ _ their original Taft-Hartley re-1 want Taylor back" ami "We want Lamont High Students On New Strike By John Reynolds. GAZETTE SUNDAY EDITOR. a closed meeting with high school students of the Lamont Consolidated school Tuesday afternoon the second stu- dent walkout of the week got un- der way. Although Supt. E. J. Williams refused members of the press ad- mittance to the meeting, students said that he had threatened disci- plinary action if there was another walkout. The number of students actual- ly out the school building and off the school grounds at 2 p.m. was not exceed- ing 15 or 20 of the high school's 134 enrollment. Approximately 150 students at the school went on strike Monday because of the school board's refusal to renew, the contracts of three Richard Taylor, acting principal; Keith Keel and Mrs. Idell Reis- er. The students formed a parade and carried signs reading: "We Williams out." Four Iowa Highway Patrol cars called to Lamont about a.m. Tuesday in connec- tion with the disturbances with- drew at noon. The patrolmen had been called by Sheriff Emory Hart of Buchanan coun- ty. The sheriff and his deputy, Nile Fulton, were in Lamont. Williams told reporters early Disliking this bill, a number afternoon that the three Republicans and Southern Demo- teachers were not rehired "for the crats have got behind a bill of- General welfare of the school." fered by Rep. Wood (D-Ga to i Neither he nor members of the "repeal" the Taft-Hartley act but re-enact most of its major pro- isions. New Compromise. To take the steam out of this drive for the Wood bill, the com-' Taylor told reporters that "we held responsible for ac- (Continued on Page 8, Col. 5.) promise was drafted. Speaker I cannot be Rayburn (D-Tex.) told reporters j rContin DAILY WALK Robert C. Rutledge, left, and Sheriff James Smith are shown Tuesday walking from the Linn county jail to the courthouse where the young St. Louis doctor is on trial accused of the murder of Byron C. Hartman here last Dec. 14. Dr. Rutledge, who was weighed at the {ail Tuesday, has lost 10 pounds since he surrendered on March 23, now weighs 175 pounds. School Speech Work Extended Into Summer By Art Heusinkveld. Plans to carry on a speech cor-i Laughren Appears as Third Attorney for Dr. Rutledge By Loyal Meek. The deliberate process of se- lecting a jury for the murder through" the'sum-itrial of Dr. Robert C. Rutledge, mer for about 100 Cedar Rapids jr., ground through its second day pupils were approved Monday night by the school board. Described as the only program of its type in Iowa, the move would keep children Tuesday. On the basis of the present pace, it is expected to take at least two gettmg special aid from "losing I ti f ,h Brnunri" r. T I tl0n OI tile regularly more days to complete', the selec- ground" in vacation months. Le- Roy Peterson, director of special education, set its cost at Under the proposed setup, a summer speech center for Cedar Rapids' most serious cases will operate in three Jackson and Taylor. Pupils rating help are those afflicted with stut- tering, articulatory trouble, re- 4u tarded speech development, im- Then, they told their mother paired hearing and cerebral palsy (spastic Three' speech .therapists T3, le> later, they met a nice man at the corner who .gave them a bright silver quarter for the old paper bills. Mrs. Hamstad said she hoped the man would bring the money back, that he had taken it from the Congress left it up to Woods to I boys only for safekeeping, decide what constituted a fair net I Police said they were not operating income, but it told him to take into account increased taxes, unavoidable increases in operating and maintenance costs, major capital improvements as distinguished from ordinary main- tenance and repairs, increases or decreases in living space or serv- ices and "substantial" deteriora- tion of housing accommodations. Woods said he considered sev- eral formulae before deciding on one which established the princi- ple that: "Whenever the net operating in- property is timistic. op- Chums Assist in Hunt for Selves QUINCY, Mass. (AP) Two little friends took a stroll in the marshlands Monday. Hours later they were deep in volunteers hunting for them- selves. This is how it happened: to work Peterson come from a rental less than a certain percentage of the gross income, the landlord is not receiving a fair net operating (Continued on Page 8, Col. 2.) Today's Chuchle "Mama, Daddy's lying in the hall unconscious with a piece of paper in his hand and a large box at his side." Wife "Oh, new hat has arrived." and Views. my employed have agreed through the summer, _______ said, with needs calling for one more to be hired. In pointed out, twice the number of students due for -assistance need aid top and would get it if facil- ities were available. Efforts Successful. Peterson said roughly 10 per- cent of all pupils need speech cor- rective measures, and one to three percent are "s e r i o u s" c.ases. Efforts along this line to date have been "very successful" in Cedar Rapids, he added. The summer program reportedly would keep a child's progress from halting, or from reserving while school is out. Due to run for eight weeks be- The parents of Jane Marcou tween June 6 and July 29, the and Richard Paul, both 7, report- program will cost for the __ ,_ __ i j axtci J.11C7 UaZtflilc Mr ml? tny i campaigned for them, the county Mrs. Otilla Norberg, all of purchased cushions for thP inrv Rapids. County Attorney ed they were missing. Volunteers went into the marsh- land. Jane and Paul spotted sev- the the men were chasing them. So they little friend came eral of the men sweeping marshes. But they thought hid. Another across the youngsters in their hid- ing place. He told them the men were searching for "a little boy and girl." Jane and Paul joined the searchers. They were hard at it when employes of a radio station recognized them and the hunt ended. salaries of speech therapists. An extra would go for recording disks so children's speech can be played back and studied. The school system will be reim- bursed from the state depart- ment of public instruction's divis- ion of special education. Besides that, the Cedar Rapids Junior League has contributed to support this'program. May Be Permanent. Peterson voiced a the sunimer speech center can become a permanent feature. As another (Continued on Page 8, Col. 8.) 12. Three of the original pros-' pective jurors called were ex- cused morning by Judge J. E. Heiserman. Two of Leona F. Simon and Elmer L. Burger were re- leased after Heiserman sus- tained Defense Attorney Sid Milner's challenge for cause. Both had said they had opinions on the case. Third prospect excused was Herman Kraus, whom Heiserman released "for reasons stated to the court." Drawn_ to replace them were Robert and Cedar William Crissman examined the three before the noon recess. Laughren Enters Trial. Counsel table for the Rutledge trial was about loaded to capacity Tuesday. In all, 10 persons are seated around the long table before the bench. Tenth person was added Tues- day moraine. He Is Lee F. Langhren, who represented Rutledffe through the three- month custody battle in Mis- souri. Milner opened Tuesday morn- motion defense at- torney. Milner explained that Laughreji Mohdaywas doing important work on the case "and we. did not know bow long it was going to take." Reading clock-wise around, the counsel table, from 12 o'clock, there is. W....J. Barngr.over and Sid Milner, defense attorneys; Milner's secretary, Mrs. Pearl Schulz; Laughren; Mrs. the 27-year-old St. Louis after a two-hour conference of house leaders and house labor committee members that- promise would include these points: 1. Injunction provisions, similar to those now in the Taft-Hartley law, to deal with labor disputes threatening the national security or safety. The administration bill omitted these provisions. Z. A guarantee of free speech to employers and unions in la- bor disputes. 3. A requirement that unions make regular financial reports periodically. 4. A requirement that employers and union officials sign oaths of loyalty to the government and swear they are not Communists before they can avail themselves of National Labor Board proced- ures. The Taft-Hartley law con- tains the non-Communist oath provisions as to the administration bill omits it alto- gether. 5. Creation of a joint congres- sional committee to study labor- management relations. Earlier Compromise. The compromise differs in some respects from five amendments which Rayburn said earlier in the day he wduld support. When the announcement was made he physician; Mr. and Mrs. John Hattman, parents of the slain Byron C. Hattman; .David Elder- kin, assistant prosecutor; and County Attorney William Criss- man. There was a fourth attorney in, the courtroom on the side of theinad Just visited the White House, defense, but he was not counsel ibut said he was not speaking for Radio Jackpot Has Drawbacks, Winner Laments DONORA, Pa. An- thony Perry, who won an estimat- in prizes last month on "Stop the Music" said Tuesday that she was a nervous wreck and winning the jackpot isn't all it's cracked up to be. Mrs. Perry and her husband, a steelworker, have given up plans for all the glamorous trips they've won because of taxes. The trips included a 10-day tour of England and a weekend at Louisville for the Kentucky Derby. "I didn't think it would be this Mrs. Perry said. "I'm just a nervous wreck. I guess I can't take it." The prizes included an elephant which she sold to a circus for She hopes to sell a set of luggage. The Perrys received their auto- mobile Tuesday but are unde- cided about keeping it. "I'd like to keep Mrs. Perry said, "but we're not even sure of tiiat. It may have to go to help pay the taxes toti." of record. Houston, He is Ernest Folk long-time friend Dr. Rutledge's father, who has ac- companied Dr. Rutledge, sr., from Texas. Rutledge Looks Wan. Impressions of observers Mon- day that Dr. Hutledge, jr., was looking more wan were con- firmed Tuesday when it was re- vealed that his present weight is 175 pounds. When Rutledge sur- rendered at the Linn county jail March 23, he weighed in at 185 pounds. During each recess Rutledge drinks a glass of 'milk. Since his surrender he has been having milk between meals both morning and afternoon and has been tak- ing a sedative for ulcers. Last year, after The Gazette ing's proceedings with a to add Laughren as, a def purchased cushions for the jury seats. Twenty-four were bought, but up to this time they haven't been brought into use. .It was warm in the courtroom, giving the participants some idea of how hot it may get if the trial extends into the hotter days of late May. Indications that Dr. Rutledge would rely heavily on the, law of self-defense were contained in his attorneys' examination of prospective jurors Monday after- noon and Tuesday. Defense Stresses Points. Milner and Barngrover ham- mered away at several points in their questioning of the prospects: A defendant to presumed to be-innocent until proved cuilty. Circumstantial evidence mutt be much itronger than direct evidence before a juror could find, beyond a. reasonable doubt, that the defendant b milty. An indictment returned by the grand Jury Is no evidence in Itself of mitt. The principle reasonable (Continued on Pago 8, Col. 4.) the President. Here is what the first set of proposals, as outlined by Rayburn, would have done: 1. Authorize the President to in- tervene, either by obtaining an in- junction or by seizing plants, if a strike threatened the public wel- fare.- The Taft-Hartley act pro- vides for injunctions to halt such strikes. 2. Make it "perfectly clear" that freedom of speech is assured to both sides in a labor dispute. Taft- Hartley has this provision. 3. Require management and union leaders to file nonrCommu- nist affidavits if they want to use the facilities of the National Labor Relations Board. The Taft-Hartley law requires the oaths only from labor leaders. The administration bill does not require them at all. 4. Require that labor union fi- nancial reports be available to union members, and perhaps to the public. Taft-Hartley requires unions to file these reports! 5. Require "good faith" bargain- ing by both sides. Taft-Hartley re- quires it of unions; the adminis- tration bill requires it of employ- ers. Ford Union Votes Strike DETROIT executive board of Local 600, United Auto- mobile Workers, voted unanim- ously Tuesday to strike .Wednes- day at the Ford Motor Company's sprawling River Rouge plant. In a telegram to UAW President Walter Reuther, Local President Thomas Thompson said the action was taken because Ford violated its oral agreement to .maintain- as- sembly line speeds during .speed- up grievance negotiations.. The strike would idle at River Rouge and paralyze the en- tire .Ford assembly system in 40 cities throughout the nation. Mrs. Perry received her war bond and her wardrobe turned out to be four tailor-made suits. "They're really she said, "but I don't need four suits. I guess maybe I'll sell some of those too." She's still waiting for a mink coat, the diamond ring and a electric kitchen. The couple decided not to take the trip to England when income tax officials told them they would ids by his parents. He was dead on arrival at the hospital from a delayed hemor- rhage, Dr. Gardner said. Glenn's baseball coach, Bernard Erdman, said baseball was the youth's chief interest. 'T never coached a boy who loved baseball like Erd- man said. "He was extremely conscientious about the game and about his position." Glenn played second base on the team. He was to be graduated from high school next week. Funeral services will be held at p.m. Thursday at the Lis- bon Federated church. Temperature in C.R. 88 at Cedar Kipidi The mercury soared to seasonal highs in Iowa Tuesday, but the weather bureau predicted that thunderstorms expected to move into the state tonight will result in slightly cooler temperatures Wednesday. In Cedar Rapids the tempera- ture had reached 88 degrees by one above the previous high for the year 87 degrees en April "5. High in Cedar Rapids Monday was 79 degrees. Low this morning was 56. In its five-day forecast the weather bureau predicted temper- atures averaging six to nine de- grees above the normal highs of 70 and the normal lows of 42. It will be warm Wednesday, coql Thursday, and warmer again Fri- day, the bureau said. Precipitation is expected to average one-half to one inch as showers on Wednesday and Thurs- have to pay the tax on the value day and in the western portion of the trip. Mrs. Perry gave away 25 auto- matic gold wrist watches to diers at a veterans' hospital at As- pinwall, Pa. A gold watch I presented to her husband is up fori jof the state Sunday. sale Bank Parley for Spain Authorized She said total income taxes WASHINGTON (AP) The amount to about if the full .state department has given Spain value of all the prizes is realized, Missing permission to negotiate directly with the Export-Import bank for an American government loan. Press Officer Michael McDer- jmott, announcing this, said a i i 3- .mo, In Checks ST. PAUL (UP) Police Tues- to talk with bank officials. day recovered in checks and a borrowed automobile in At the same time, a highly in- formed government official said which a food market employe dis-1 the United States still believes appeared. I Spain is a poor credit risk. The abandoned ce.r was found: This official said he assumes the by a cruising patrol car. Sam Bruno, 21, clerk of the Cut Price Super market was not in the car, Detective Lt. Joe Heaton reported. Bruno disappeared about 1 p.m. Monday after leaving the market for a bank with in checks and in cash in a canvas bag, according to Morris Halpern, market owner. The checks were found in a canvas bag, Heaton said, but no cash was in the car. Officers planned to check the automobile for fingerprints in hope of finding new clues that would tell them what occurred after Bruno left the market. Halpern said the youth may have been kidnaped and robbed. He said Bruno was a trusted em- ploye and "a perfect gentleman." Police said Bruno bad a record.) He had worked at the market about six I bank will turn down the Spanish request for credits unless Spain makes economic reforms suggested by the U. S, Today's Index Comics ....................21 Courthouse g Crossword................ .21 Daily Record 8 Deaths 8 Editorial Features 6 Farm .....................22 Foto Facts ................10 Marion ...................23 Movies ...................20 Radio .................___19- Sports .................17, 18 State....................3 Want Ads ..............23-26 Women's Features .....12, 13 ;