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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 4, 1946, Mason City, Iowa                                OF COUP NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME ISTORY AN9 ARCHiVCS HOJKC THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL KORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS iftve Cenu Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MAY 4 1346 No 178 ND 3 ALCATRAZ RINGLEADERS DEAD Soft Coal Strike Is Felt in Iowa MUSCATINE AND HOSPITAL HURT BY COAL STRIKE Put City in State of Emergency Mt Pleasant Institution Crippled TJUEASSOCIATED PItESS Although the coal situation has reached the point of emergency at Muscatine the Mount Pleasant state hospital and a few industrial firms it appeared Saturday that cooperation would solve the problem in Iowa unless the min ers strike continues for several more weeks Gilford Miller Des Moines dis trict manager of the solid fuels administration for war said he had been able to supply about half a dozen cars of coal to points of greatest need He had had ap peals for help from 1 large indus trial user half a dozen small in dustrial users and several dis tributors he added Mayor H E Ferguson of Mus catine proclaimed Friday a state of emergency there after supplies at the municipal electric plant No Coal Shortage No immediate coal shortage is impendiugin Mason City it was revealed Saturday Dealers have enough coal on hand to take care of needs in the community from 60 to 90 days Most of the heavy industry of the city operates on gas were reported dwindling He ap pealed for the cooperation of all residents insaving P F Hopkins chairman of the state board of control said the Mt Pleasant hospital had only about a weeks supply However he said that 1 car of coal ordered previously wss enroute to the institution another was being loaded at the Glenwood state school for shipment to Mount Pleasant and efforts were being made to divert a 3rd car billed for the Independence state hos pital to Mount Pleasant Here is the situation at some cities BURLINGTON officials were watching the situation anx iously Both the municipal water works and gas plant reported supplies for 5 to 8 days Officials of both expressed confidence of cooperation Several factories were running low Most industrial users said they feared a possible railroad tieup as badly as the coal shortage Dealers had enough coal to meet householder demands for several days were that coal shortages would close foun dry departments of several con cerns within 15 days but other wise would not affect industry to any great extent Local coal was being used extensively Iowa Southern Utilities had a good supply DES Iowa Power and Light company had a stock pile sufficient to operate both gas and electric service normally for 60 to 70 days The waterworks had at least a 60 day supply Distribu tors had a good supply because of a warm February and March and better than average receipts FORT DODGE IowaIl linois Gas and Electric company heats with natural gas using coal only in an emergency The firm has a 70day supply Other major industrial plants use natural gas MAKSHALLTOWN A com plete industrial shutdown ap week The city council was con was announced S sidering a downtown brownout Merkel president CEDAR RAPIDS The Iowa Electric Light and Power company here which furnishes power for almost 100 per cent of local indus trial plants said it has a coal sup ply which will last only until the end of May The company nor mally uses about 900 tons of coal a day and has only 23000 tons on hand The company through the use of oil in its high pressure boil ers has reduced coal consumption to 600 tons a day but a spokesman said it considers a 30day supply of coal dangerously low divi Iowa Pub needed from other Iowa plants us mer months Quad ties had plenty of coal but shortage plants of steel at industrial the aore retail establishment in Mason City passed into made that Aldens Inc Chicagofpm chased CARL J MERKEL ft O A MERKEL President Coal Dispute Hits Steel in United States Washington 34day old soft coal strike continued to spread a creeping paralysis throughout the steel industry and seriously hamper railroads Penn sylvanias Governor Edward Mar tin made an effort Saturday to get enough coal mined to meet vital public utility needs Government sponsored confer ences do end the strike were re cessed until Monday with the suggestion by government Media ior Edward F McGrady that dis putants attend church Sunday and appeal to God for guidance so that we might get a solution to this problem Twohour session failed to break z deadlock over a holiday pay is sue which has stymied negotia tions all week Martin named 3 of his cabinet members to confer in Pittsburgh Saturday with 4 district vice pres idents of the AFLUnited Mine Workers on whether coal can be mined for utilities serving hospi tals and other essential consumers At Washington A J Krug solid fuels administrator declared in a statement that the relief and rehabilitation program for Europe is on the verge of collapse because of the shortage of coal for trans portation Meanwhile the nations oulpul of to peacetime recon nearly 6 points to G77 per cent of capacity this week It was the 6th straight week that production had sagged At the same time railroad of ficials were working out arrange ments to meet the office of de fense transportations edict to slash passenger service on coal burning lines by 50 per cent The ODT order effective May 25 came on the heels of another ODT order imposing a sweeping embargo on virtually all freight shipments except fuel and food About of the countrys rail system relies on coal At Cleveland Andrew H Brown transportation commis sioner of the chamber of com merce said the freight embargo will if prolonged limit or halt 5 per cent of Clevelands indus try Other transportation officials said the edict would halve the 120 passenger trains arriving daily at the lake port loivan Cited Omaha Lloyd W Casswel of Iowa one of 9 members of the 7th senice com mand staff presented army com mendation award citations Friday Merkel Department Store Tr H J1 Mason City Store Was Operated Last 25 Years by Merkel Brothers Sale of the Merkel company de partment store 12 South Federal oldest retail mercantile establish ment in Mason City to the Henry yf Alctcn coinpjiny Inc 3 peared possible in 2 weeks if the SMUarv Of coal strike is not settled next Slduary Aldens Inc Chicago announced Saturday by O A tel president The terms of the sale effective as of Slay 1 links the policies merchandising practices customer employe and community relation ships established by the Merkel company in past decades with the financial and buying resources of the past 25 years was founded in the early nineties by Tom Glan vilie It was later purchased by Killians Inc under which name it was operated until Merkels ac quired the store Officers of the store under the new ownership arc R W Jack son president R L Arnheim vice president and treasurer and S G Roman secretary all of Chi cago a S15000000 national mercantile organization The store will continue as the Merkel company retaining the same policies and personnel with Carl J Merkel who has been vice president of the Merkel company it coal dangerously low 01 me MerKei company V Lonnecker as store rnanager O A Merkel TJIIITI WilO HlIS VPar1 o a 50 year tuuLi vi tiic u vu 1 1 cn3 a ou jrcai lie Service Co said he believed career in the department store the available coal was sufficient business will remain with the to last through the strike No im store for a time in an advisory mediate steps were being taken to capacity assisting his brother in curtail service The power plant integrating the Merkel policies hoped to obtain additional coal if with that of the Alden company p Merkel conUnues with the ing natural gas during the sum store in the same capacity as buy er continuing also in the store will Ci be the 45 employes of the com pany The store which has been op erated by the Merkel brothers for It is our plan to continue the personnel and merchandising pol icies established by this fine store said Mr Jackson in com menting on the addition of the Merkel company to the growing list of stores operated by Aldens Inc a 55 year old concern which is doing an annual business of more than 53 million dollars with a Customer list of 3 million fam ilies and a listing on the New York stock exchange The Merkel company under the Alden ownership will con tinue to have an active interest in community affairs and will be generous in support of community enterprises devoted to the public welfare The new owners expect to carry out the Merkel postwar plans for remodeling De expansion partments and will undergo general expansion and new lines will be added W S Fenruson director of all retail operations for AWcns is studying the Merkel store with the view of carrying out an expansion program in merchandising An ex It W JACKSON1 tensive expansion program will be I announced later I The Merkel company building is owned by the Tom Glanville es tate and by Clarence and Mrs White of Cedar Rapids The store has Z floors of selling space in cluding the basement and the 2nd floor of the adjacent Soda Grill making a total of 27000 feet of floor space all accessible bv ele vator service The store is divided into 30 departments O A Merkel retiring president started his department store ca reer in 1896 with the MacPherson and Edwards store at Springfield 111 where the Merkel brothers all grew up He then went with Block and Kuhl at Peoria 111 Aft er that he was for a years with Young and MacComb of Rock Is land 111 following which he be came comptroller for Killians Inc at Cedar Rapids He came to Mason City as manager of the Killian store which the Merkels later acquired O A Merkel was joined here by his 2 brothers Carl J Merkel be fore coming to Mason City op erated a jewelry store at Man istiquc Mich W P Merkel was in partnership in a department store Merkel Lohnes and Renter at Pekin HI before coming to Mason City Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy Satur day night and clearing Sunday Slightly cooler Saturday night with scattered light frost A lit tle warmer Sunday Iowa Cloudy with scattered light showers north and east portions ending early Saturday night Clearing weather entire state by Sunday morning Slightly cool er entire state Saturday night Warmer Sunday Scattered light frost likely in extreme north Minnesota Partly cloudy Satur day night and Sunday except cloudy with occasional light rain northeast Saturday night Not much change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Saturday morning Maximum 57 Minimum 53 At 8 a m Saturday 46 Precipitation 05 YEAR AGO Maximum 58 Minimum 35 Negro Youth Survives Electric Chair A df de c tr i Sale of the Merkel company is the largest financial transaction in Mason City this year Allan F Beck of the Beck company as sisted in the handling of the lease holds M Riskind of OAncona Pflaum Wyatt Manvick and Ris kind Chicago was the legal rep PROBLEMS FOR THE BIG determina tion to project herself westward into the Mediterranean confronts the Big Four council in Paris with its first major issue and upon the decision reached may depend all of Moscows future relations with the western powers The original Soviet proposal was for a sole trusteeship over Britains Ernest Bevin opposes as compromising a knife across the throat of the British empire and the alternative of establishment of a UN trusteeship administered by Italy which would be in ac cordance with the San Francisco charter Russias V M Molotov has hinted directly that the Soviet would also like single control over Eritreas Red sea port of Massawa as well as the Dodecanese islands formerly an outpost of Mussolinis empire now restored to Greece Also harry ing the foreign ministers are the Italian and Yugoslav dif ferences over Trieste and its hinterland areas but a plan thought to have been completed includes keeping the Adriatic port city in Italian territory as a free port tinder UN control and giving Yugoslavia the hinterland Inter national i IOME REBELS SURRENDER AS BATTLE RAGES Guards and LeavenwortK Sharpshooters Move in for Kill at Alcatraz BULLETIN San Francisco UP Three of the top ringlead ers of Alcatraz islands bloody 3day insurrection were taken dead Satur day from their shellsplat tered cellblock C Warden James A Johnston an nounced The 3 were Jos eph Paul Crclzcr Paul Ber nard Coy and Marvin Franklin Hubbard Federal Prison Director James V Bennett announced that some of the mutineers had surrendered as guards and Leavenworth sharpshoot ers moved in for the kill with guns blazing San Francisco UR F e d e r a 1 Prison Director James V Bennett said Saturday he wns told that some of the rebel convicts battling from cellblock C in Alcatraz is land prison have surrendered and that there are about 4 mutineers still holding out Later after telephoning Warden James A Johnston at Alcatraz to arrange for transportation to the island Bennett said there may be as many as G or 8 holdouts still 4 Ministers Deadlocked on ItalianYugoslav Border Rift Between Russian and Western Powers Over Trieste Widens Paris foreign minis ters council failed in a hour session Saturday to break or even dent its deadlock on the Italinn Yugoslav frontier The rift between Russia ana the ivestern powers over Trieste and the border delineation was as wide as ever A 2nd plenary session was called for late afternoon to con tinue the discussion James F Byrnes Ernest Bevin and Georges Bidault were virtu ally agreed on a frontier line a compromise of those suggested by the American British and French experts which would give Trieste to Italy Molotov made it plain he was determined to back the Yugoslav claims to the hilt In cold precise terms he described the Yugoslav stand as well founded and just He sharply castigated the Ameri cans British and French for try ing to draw a line which would punish the Yugoslavs OFFICERS SEEK PHANTOM KILLER Tcxarkana Tex UB Resi dents of this vicinity lived in fen Saturday of a phantom killer believed to have committed his 5th murder Friday night in the slaying of a farmer and the wounding of his wife Virgil Starks 36 was shot to death Friday night in his farm home at Homan Ark and his murder threw residents of this area into nearpanic Meanwhile Texas ringers were leading state and local iaw enforcement otficcrs in the biggest manhunt in recent Texas history Starks was shot twice in the 200 at Legion Meeting Boone 200 delegates from 14 counties attend ed the 8th district American Le gion and Auxiliary conference here Friday The opening session feat ured a service school for discus sion of veterans problems head while listening to the radio in his living room His wife en tered the room seconds later and as she reached for an oldfash i6ned wall telephone to call police she too was shot twice in the head AU 4 shots were fired through a window Starks was the 5th murder vic tim in 6 weeks His home is only 8 miles from the spot where Rich ard Griffin 29 and his companion Polly Ann Moore 17 were shot to death March 24 The double slay ing was followed by another April 14 when a high school couple Paul Martin 17 and Betty Jo Booker 15 were killed Alcatraz guards reinforced by Leavenworth sharpshooters op ened lire on the outlaw barricade inside the cellblock building and have begun going in after them a penitentiary spokesman in formed the police department Bennett arrived here by plane from Washington D C to super vise the climatic campaign against trc little band of murderous des peradoes on the rock He said his information indicated the con victs had three guns including an automatic rifle I am here to look over the situation and see if we can wind things up without further loss of fife ItennDtt said He added that there were no negotiations under way at the prison between the authorities and the convicts as far as he knew Bursts of rifle fire resounded from the building durin the morning of the third day of battle The left with the choices of surrender death or suicide apparently had elected to make it i right to the finish Guards deployed cautiously for what may be the climactic as sault against the outlaw band of desperadoes The shooting termi nated an eighthour lull which began at midnight It followed an attempt by prison guards to in duce the convicts to surrender by sending another inmate to reas on with them A man wearing a prison inmates uniform iras seen from a nearby police patrol boat climbimr a lad der behind which the mutineers were barricaded A marine poked a carbine in one of the lower ccllblock win dows and fired u shot The con vict then went up the ladder re maining carefully out of the line of fire of the trapped armed con victs He apparently failed in his mis sion and withdrew Thirty min utes later more shots were fired and guards reinforced by sharp shooters from the Leavenworth Kan prison appeared ready to St Martinsville La 17 year old Negro who survived be ing strapped in the electric chair and having the switch thrown said that it tickled a little but didnt hurt much The 150 pound youth Willie Francis Saturday was in a death cell in the jail at NewIberia while state leral authorities wondered whether another attempt could ever be made nnder the law to electrocute him The Negro was strapped in the chair Friday and the current was turned on He squirmed and then astounded attendants by yelling 07 iie ttaivjuuueu aiienaanis oy yelling resentative for Aldens Inc and j under the hood Take it off Take Smith and Beck Mason City 1 off the legal representative for Merj Francis said the Lord was with kels the faulty chair and later in a death cell interview said that he was thinking of going to heav en when the switch was thrown Governor Jimmie Davis granted a e day reprieve Sheriff Leonard Reswebcr said he would attempt to have the execution carried ont next Thursday In the interview Francis who was convicted of slaying a St Martinsville druggist answered questions readily and even dis cussed the slaying He said he thought it would hurt a little when the switch was thrown and that he had dif ficulty in breathing with the straps and hood over his face Asked whether he considered when he was taken from the chairs failure an act of GoS Francis replied I sure dont know but I am sure glad about He said he felt perfectly all right1 after he was removed from the chair and that he was sorry I killed a man He said maybe Ill go to heaven and then added I wonder how it is in hell In Baton Rouge Attorney Gen eral Fred S LeBlanc said there was one line of authority hold ing that if a death sentence was not carried out on the date set it could not again be attempted He added however that he could not attempt an offhand opinion of bizarre case He pointed out however that the courts sentence probably said Francis should be electrocuted until dead open an allout attack Arab Groups May Ask Aid From Russia London Arab league spokesman said Saturday that Palestine indicated Arab groups planned to send a delegate to Mos cow to ask the Soviet government to submit the Palestine problem to the United Nations The spokesman sncakinff to newsmen in Cairo added that he understood the Russians would be asked to support the Arabs in Palestine against the report of the BritishAmerican Inquiry committee which recommended immediate authorization for the Immigration of 100000 Jews Tension mounted in the Holy Land amid reports that the heads of all the Arab states were discus sing the report and that an ex traordinary meeting of the 7 states in the league would be convened Arab youths staged a riotous demonstration against the report in Jerusalem Friday   

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