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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 9, 1946, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS WEDNESDAY PROPOSE PLAN Reprimanded for Protesting Yokohama oc accomplish nothing because all se a Policy matters on demobilization FOR IMPROVING OF HOSPITALS 12 Recommendations Made by Committee Headed by Knudson Des Moines SVTwelve rec ommendations for improving con ditions in the states mental hos pitals were made Wednesday by a 5member committee headed by Senator Herman M Knudson Ma on City The proposed changes would effect a saving of to the state in building funds The recommendations were made in the report of a committee provided for by the 1945 legisla ture and with 2 exceptions do not necessarily require changes in present laws The commit ad vised however that tb mendations be tested year before the opening of the 1947 leg islative session so that further study could be made One of the recommendations was to appoint a director of men tal institutions to advise the board of control and hospital superin tendents on modern approved methods of treatment and jive Professional supervision of treat ment in all hospitals Governor Robert D Blue had recommended employment of a state director of institutions at a meeting of the legislative interim committee last October The hospital committee said It believed that with such a director Pins additional psychiatrists nurses and attendants to put into effect a program of screening and to make use of new methods of treatinginsane persons the popu lation of the states mental hos Ditals could be reduced 25 to 35 Per centin one to five years Other recommendations v 1 Custodial patients who are incurable and harmless should be transferred to the available facfl nies in county homes Z Arrangements should be made to interchange physicians nurses and attendants between the Iowa psychopathic hospital and the state mental hospitals 3 Periodic inspections of all mental patients in county homes should be conducted by competent physicians under the direction of the board of control 4 Immediate construction ol housing for employes and immedi ate attention to repairs and im provements of present buildings should have early consideration 5 Hearings on an individuals sanity should be more deliberate and careful cupation Wednesday iurces will take their cue for sabotage Plans from our future actions S u marshal reported he had broken up a hothead demonstration ot soldiers pro testing a demobilization slow down Lt Gen Charles P Hall acting commander of the eighth army to troops The Japanese people watch with interest the first indication of a general breakdown of morale and discipline beginning to show Up in occupation troops Subversive forces quick to sense dissension in the ranks will take their cue for sabotage plans from our future actions Col Charles A Mahoney pro vost marshal of the U S army service command said he had scattered protesting soldiers on the arrival of Secretary of War Patterson General Halls message added Protest mass meetings at the headquarters of Tower Echelons the war de partment as soldiers in this 1 mass demonstration Thursday before eighth army headquarters Mahoney disclosed he fold the demonstrators who met Secretary Patterson with cries of we want to eo home that you are insuJt ine a man who was a soldier be foreyou wtre born A mimeographed paper Dis charge circulated among sol cUers quoted Mahoney addition If you want to go home Ill take you home Ill see that you get to my Yokohama prison The colonel asserted that sol diers who gathered in front of the adjutant generals building were stirred up by a lot of com munists and hotheads The paper said the secretary cud not leave General MacArth urs sedan At Honolulu Tuesday night 1 oOO soldiers stared a noisy protest meeting against the demobiliza headquarters of Lt Gen Robert 0 Richardson Jr who in the afternoon had urjred that no mob action demonstration be staged in Hawaii In Washington meanwhile 2 senate critics of demobilization disagreed Wednesday with Presi dent Trumans declaration that the armed forces have been re duced as fast as possible Senator Revercomb R W Va who has been demanding release of all drafted fathers said mili tary committees of both the house and senate should look into de mobilization as the first order of business when congress convenes again next Monday Senator Edwin C Johnson D Colo agreed saying that in view of the announced change in plans ot the war department there snould be a top to bottom inves tigation of demobilization However E1 b e r t Thomas D Utah of the senate military committee said he sees no reason for further inquiry The army has demobilized Phone Strikes Hit Scattered Cities By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS t i J PRESS m umo Indiana New Jersey Pennsylvania many cases wcJl in advance of the lo a G County commissions of insan ity should not commit patients to overcrowded hospitals except in instances of genuine emergency 7 The criminal procedure angle in handling insane persons should be removed treating them instead with every consideration given sick persons 8 All public authorities should familiarize themselves with the provisions of the present law and use existing authority in harmony with these recommendations 9 Legislation to allow voluntary admissions to mental hospitals should not be enacted until over crowded conditions are corrected 10 The statutory limitation of state hospital superintendents salaries should be 11 The legislature should set up standards for inspections of pri vate nursing homes and provide for a revision of the reports made by inspectors of county homes The last two were the only rec ommendations necessitating changes in the law the commit tee said The financial saving which the committee believes would be ef fected is the amount appropriated by the last legislature for pa tients buildings at the state men ial hospitals at Cherokee Clarin da Independence and Ml Pleas A sum of was set aside for capital improvements at the four institutions of which was to be used for pa tients buildings If a carefully worked out pro gram of committment treatment discharge and transfer is devel oped the report said present quarters will be adequate for the normal capacity of about 5000 patients The report cited figures for June 30 1943 which showed an excess of 1576 patients over the normal capacity in the four hos pitals Board ol control popula tion figures as of Jan I 1946 showed an excess of 1671 Our study has revealed that this excess exists to a large ex tent because these hospitals have been used for custodial care ra ther than the curative treatment which is expected to be received at a hospital the report said men predicted a 100 per cent breakdown of toll dis ruption of dial telephone servic within a few days Strike in Iowa it technicians employed b the Western Electric company wh were Installmg equipment at Ma son City walked out Wednesda mornlnsr in connection with th nationwide strike AH 5 are travel ing workers employed in a dis trict involving a number of states and none are Mason Cityans I Moines fifteen telephon workers went on strike here Wed nesday at the Northwestern Telephone Duildinjr but Jheir ac tion did not have any immediafc effect on telephone senice in th city For the second day meanwhile out ant jjjGdiiwiiiie New York City remained in vir tual telegraphic isolation from the rest of the country with 7000 CIO Western Union employes remain ing away from their jobs In Washington a possible break m the steelwage stalemate ap peared with reports that a steel price increase of about a ton 150 more than the limit previous ly set by OPA was under consid eration The steel companies facinr a strike of 800000 CIO steelworkers set for Monday have requested a 57 a ton Increase as a condition for resuming collective bargaining No picket lines were reported set up immediately in the tele phone installation workers walk out No immediate disruption of telephone service was reported If other unions respect picket lines the installation workers have threatened to set up most long distance service and other opera tions handled manually will stop Friday Dial telephone service would not be affected until a break the union said could be expected to happen in a few days The strike became a certainty upon collapse of an early mornino conference between U S Concil iation Director J p Mandlebaum and union and company officials Strategy conferences were re sumed in Washington by CIO President Philip Mnrray R j Thomas president of the CIO United Auto workers and Albert Fitzgerald president of he CIO United Electrical Biff Three in the CIOS drive for 30 per cent tragre rate boosts The strategy board has made it clear no settlements in these ma jor industries will be effected without its approval A 153day strike of 700 AFL pattern makers at 14 Detroit pat tern shops ended Wednesday They accepted the federal conciliation commission proposal of hour iy minimum wage and reinstate ment of the contract canceled by the strike Ernest Weaver president of the Independent Association of Com munications Equipment workers said picket lines which he said other independent telephone unions have promised to respect would be established later around major telephone exchanges This would mean he said the sympathy strike of the 263000 members of the Independent Na rease aemande Jional Federation of Telephone orkcrs union workers Some 17000 members of the Western Electric Employes as sociaHpo an affiliate on strike in New York and New Jersey for the last week Weaver asserted the strike would cause 100 per cent break telephone service of dul service within a week or 10 days Walkouts by members were scheduled in the independent unions locals in Chicago San St LouisCleveland Detroit Minneapolis Albany At lan a Denver Newark Southern California Washington D C the north Pacific and Philadelphia New York members Weaver said may also strike later Wednesday The union which is seeking a a week wage increase said it had offered a modification which was not further identified the strike of Western Union Ike Says No Disciplinary Action Needed VVashinrton Dwight nnnn as a Possibility that 00000 members of 300 CIO lo J Greater New York raay be caHed upon to support the walk The work stoppage was n protest of a war labor board downward a board loued down international cable A Western Un that not more riiiiw T i normal daily traffic was transmitted at we companys main office Tues day Nonunion members worked in branch offices in the citv and ncomaig telegrams were relayed by telephone to addressees A system of priorities for accepting elegrams based on a Elsewhere along the labor front half th trikes scheduled he steel and meatpacking indcs ries which would add more than roilhon workers fo the ranks of ale because of labor disputes In Washington President Tru n cp in steel irobably will be granted but he eclmcd to speculate on whether t wouId prevent the scheduled valkout next Monday of 800000 CIO united steelworkers Edsar L Warren the federal conciliation eryice planned to meet with ol meat packing companies nd CIO and AFL union leaders n a Attempt to halt a strike cheduled next Tuesday by 335 employes in the nations meat acking plants and shops In the countrys largest single tnke where some 200000 CIO mployes of General Motors have een idle since iSTov 21 in a dis dases the Presidents acttmdmg panel was expected o announce its findings this week he strikers comprise about one alf the number workers idle cross the country because of a or controversies The oil wage factfinding board nished public hearings in after government ev dence was submitted as to the ndctstrrs earnings and ability to a 30 per cent wage rate in demanded by thc CIO oil uwignt D Eisenhower reported to Presi dent Truman Wednesday that there was no need for disciplinary action against troops who demon strated at Manila in protest against a in demobilization The army chief of staff told the president there was no need of action because there had been no acts of violence or disorder Mr Truman made public a memorandum from Eisenhower approving the decision ol Lt Gen William DStyer commanding general in the Philippines who at homesickness aggravated by the termination of hostilities On the 6th and 7th of January a series of demonstrations were held m the Manila area Eisen hower told the president The only one of these of magnitude was meeting of from 8000 to soldiers held at the city the soldiers voiced dissat with recent statements by war department oft ficials and urged that pressure be brought to bear on families and congressmen in the United States to reduce overseas forces to those required for occupation of Japan and disposal of prop He quoted Styer as telling the troops m a broadcast that our forces can not be permitted to de mobilize at such a rate that the flow of replacements from the re cruitingprogram and selective service can not maintain s mum strength of 375000 Final Agreement Fails for Chinese Civil Strife Peace They adjourned niit late Ssday nffer CWnBS dvil Strife at which General j ujjiil iaie An at which Genera Marshall was present su Wednesdays meeting was fourth mvthe series between Gen V5aJRB Chun the government rep En Lai thg communist member with Marshall as the third member o the truce committee It lasted an hour and 40 minutes 1 meet personal envoy effected before a political While basing his memorandum on the report from Styer Eisen nower also reported that Gen Douglas MacArthur supreme al nf wf r in Japan had Ea of demonstrating soldiers These men are good men who have performed magnificently un aer campaign conditions and in herently are not challenging disci pline or authority He said MacArthur agreed with Styer that the discontent has been primarily caused by acute home sickness aggravated by the term nation of hostilities STUDY PROTEST Washington Tru man has referred to the war de partment for consideration protests from sportsmen against the lower rig of pools in the upper Missis sippi river valley by army en Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy and colder Wednesday night low about 12 Thursday fair Wednesday with ram and some freezing rain east and central portions nartlv cloudy Wednesday night ahd inursday freezing rains south east and snow ending Wednes day night Thursday partly cloudy ripKdecided change in temperature Minnesota Cloudy and somewhat colder Wednesday night Thurs day partly cloudy IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics or 24 hour period ending at 8 o clock Wednesday morning Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Wednesday Chang told correspondents tha details were not yet settled and tnat the discussions therefore would continue Prospects are not bad but the problems are stated addingthat with the committees business unfinishedno news couK be released Chang looked discouraged anc unhappy Chou eluded correspondents who however managed to see Marshall Asked if he still was hopeful presidential envoy said oh yes and replied no when cor respondents inquired if unforseen differences had arisen Marshall indicated there could be no truce before the political consultation conference opens Thursday as the committee has not finished its business He crisply declined comment on several other questions including one on whether United States forces would be employed to su pervise any truce arrangements reached 28 22 22 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Report British Arrest of Only Witness to Will of Hitler London Reuters dis patch from Bad Godesberg Ger many said Wednesday that Brit ish security officers had arrested Gen Nicholaus Von Below prob ably the only surviving witness of Adolf Hitlers private will Other witnesses to the testa ment the text of which was re leased by allied authorities last Dec 30 were Martin Bormann Hitlers deputy and Propaganda Minister Paul Joseph Goebbels Both are believed dead ACTOR MAHRIES Hollywood screen and radio comedian George Givot has disclosed his secret marriage at Las Vegas Nov Dec I to Dor othy Durkee former drama coach at University of Oregon ESCAPED IOWA CONVICT BACK Lammey Surrenders to Des Moines Police Des Moines Lam mey 31 serving a life sentence for murder who has been sought since hs escape last Dec 20 from a Fort Madison penitentiary guard sur rendered Tuesday night to Des Moines police Im fired of being hunted Lammey told Detective Captain me back to Lammey made his escape at Bur lington in a prison truck He had been driving a truck to Burlington on routine trips with a guard to pick up supplies for the prison Goldenson said Lammey admit ted abandoning the truck at Cedar us and n car there atcr found abandoned it Wahpeton N Dak The detective said Lammey told him he rode freight trains to Seat tle Wash where he got a iob week he started back to Iowa tram stopping off to work at several towns Question Janitors in Kidnap Slay ing Chicago Two apartment building janitors were held by the police for questioning Wednesday as investiea hunt fo1 the of Su blockof tlJn 3 buildings within a ealrrf h ln one ot which the police said was lo H f7 whlch thc ficndish Desere Smet 3 I sllT hcr frora bed early Monday andDf thc The police planned to give Ver QUESTIONED Descre Smet 35 Janitor in a building in the north side neigh borhood where Suzanne Dcgnan was slain is one of the 2 men ciuestioned by police in the kill AP Wircphoto K A Engr Bowles Balks at Risefor Butter Prices Washington blunt ssue with Secretary ot ure Anderson OPA Administra tor Chester Bowles said Wednes day he is vigorously opposed to any increase in butter prices Bowles issued this brief state ment OPA Is vigorously opposed fo any price increase in hultcr You can make that as stronc as you DOXALD LABIMEr Strike Picture At a Glance 407500 Idle Western Union strike enterTsecond day Is0latlon Truman says pric 8 Bowles made his statement after Anderson had said at Chicago he lad recommended an immediate cent a pound increase in butter rices lo stimulate production Removal of subsidies Anderson aid would result in an additional 2 cent a pound increase making he total boost 18 cents durin the pring Anderson previously spoke out n favor of higher ceiling prices on meats in an effort to avert next Wednesdays scheduled strike in he meat packing industry Behind these pressures on the overnmenfs holdtheline policy s a demand for all kinds of food much stronger than many offi inls had anticipated Agriculture department economists attribute the demand to continuing short ages of such nonfood goods as autos radios and the like One result of these pressures may be to force the administration to continue its a year food subsidy program beyond the June 30 date it had planned to bring it to a halt This program was inaugurated during the war to prevent increases in civilian food prices In announcing recently that the food subsidies would be ended June 30 he government said it believed such action could e taken without increasing the ovcr buigh a lie detector test while he protested steadfastly his innocence and Chief of Detectives Walter Storms said the police did not have siiflicient evidence to place a charge against anyone Counsel for Verburgh and his wile Dorothy also held for ques tioning applied to Chief Justice Harold G Ward of the criminal court for their release on writs of habeas corpus The court set a hearing for later Wednesday An inquest into the death of the Degnan child was continued to Jan 30 after a brief session Verburgh who was seized Tues day with his wife Dorothy lives at 1023 Thorndale avenue across the street from the Degnan home at 5943 Kenmore avenue The murder named by po in the basement at 5901 03 Winthrop avenue an apart ment building Verburgh tends but a block and a hall from where he lives A detective detail led by Sgt Jack Hanrahan found the murder room and Hanrahan said bits ot flesh viscera and blood were round in a laundry tub VerburgIi who had freely given the use of the telephone in his own apartment to reporters and police Monday nierht when Paris of Suzannes body were found in sewer calch basins in the area was seized when he appeared at the 5901 Winthrop Since Tuesday he has stoutly denied any connection with the vicious crime stating in broken English that some one else must have broken info and used the room for the ghoulish Tenants who have known Ver burgh for years universally came to his defense one stating hes as harmless as a fly Friends and relatives in St Charles 111 where he formerly lived likewise said it just couldnt have been Ver burgh who committed thc crime Verbureh a native of Belgium las been a Chicago janitor for IT years He has 2 daughters 4 step children and several grandchil dren Sgt Hanrahan said that in the furnace at 5001 Winthrop several small bones were also found which might have been from the arms ot little Suzanne All parts of the body except the arms were found Monday night more than 12 hours after she was kidnaped by some one who left a S20 000 ransom note Also in the murder room po e said they found a hack saw which they said probably was the instrument used by the killer in flissecting the body of the blond blueeyed Suzanne daughter of James E Degnan 36 an office of price administration official Dr Jerry Kearns coroners physician however disagreed and said a s instrument had been used The 65 year old janitor police said lias no record as a criminal ana Jiad been employed in tending apartment buildings in thc Edge water district for more than 15 yearsHe was described by many tenants in buildings he tended as mild mannered He is the father marrec5 daughters and stepfather of lour sons and daugh ters and srandfathcr of seven chil dren some near Suzannes age Police quoted him as saying he could not account for the blood ilulli increasing me not account for the blood all cost of food even though il stains and bits of human might be necessary o increase found in the laundry tub or the ceilings on some of the presently bones taken from the furnace subsidzed foods It said such someone broke into D basement I dont know any rffset by decreases in prices of thing about it police quoted him insubndhtd foods as saying when to offer an there is serious explanation Police did not immediately an nounce the results of the ques tioning of the second janitor but he also was held in custody Of nCaS lTOr ot ready unsubsidized foods Now however doubt that such decreases will materialize Hence some government offi cials have predicted privately that President Truman will recom mend that congress exlcnd au thority for the subsidy program at least until the end of 1346 Meat packers already are being paid subsidies to permit them to operate without loss at present price ceilings They contend how ever that they cannot meet wage increase demands unless they get more Cor their meat The increase in butter reportedly recommended lo Stab ilization Chief John C Collet would be designed to place butter makers in a position to compete with makers of other dairy pro ducts Under present price regula tions more money can be made by diverting butterfat into cream ice cream and some other dairy terns J Meanwhile 9 other men seized y thcir citywide hunt slayer so rnn re socalled lie detector tests All Patently cleared themselves al though one unidentified received prolonged examination of 2 Police tracked down scores ot arised shocked crime m aTd ment officials Bits of rope wire cloth and 5und durinS the day wore have been associated the crime but most eventu ally were eliminated Aroons persons offcrins infor   

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